Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands

Climate change—especially sea level rise, altered rainfall patterns, and rising ocean and air temperatures—impairs access to clean water and healthy food, undermines human health, threatens cultural resources and the built environment, exacerbates inequities, and disrupts economic activity and diverse ecosystems in Hawaiʻi and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands. Adaptation efforts that build upon community strengths and center local and Indigenous Knowledge systems improve resilience.

    Key Points:

  • Climate Change Impairs Access to Healthy Food and Water
  • Climate Change Undermines Human Health, but Community Strength Boosts Resilience
  • Rising Sea Levels Threaten Infrastructure and Local Economies and Exacerbate Existing Inequities
  • Responses to Rising Threats May Help Safeguard Tropical Ecosystems and Biodiversity
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems Strengthen Island Resilience

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