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Climate Change in Cincinnati

Larry Falkin City of Cincinnati, Office of Environment and SustainabilityLarry.Falkin@Cincinnati-oh.gov (513) 352-5325

Introduction

Cincinnati is like many Midwest Cities.Efforts to reduce carbon emissions have been a Priority for Years.Preparing for our changed climate is a New PrioritiesMitigation The Green Cincinnati Plan

Adopted 2008; Revised and Re-Adopted 2013Goals Reduce Carbon Emissions 2% Per YearCreate JobsSave MoneyImprove Public HealthImprove Quality of LifeMitigation The Green Cincinnati Plan

ResultsReduced Carbon Emissions 8% by 2012 (4 years) while producing other benefits.Examples: LED Streetlights; Solar on City Buildings; Electricity Aggregation; Cincy Red Bike; NZE Police StationClimate AdaptationOur Climate has Changed, And Will Change.What Will Those Changes Be in Cincinnati? How do we Prepare for Those Changes?For Cincinnati, Its Not: Sea Level Rise; Coastal Storms; Wildfires; Acute Water Shortages.Key Information National Climate Assessment Report; Hamilton County Multi-Hazard Mitigation PlanLocal Threats from Climate ChangeAcute ThreatsFloods; Heat Waves; Wind Storms; etc.

Chronic ThreatsCrop Loss; Tree Loss; Exotic Diseases; etc.

Local Effects of Global Climate DisruptionFood Shortages; Energy Shortages; Displaced Populations; Federal Debt; etc.

FLOODS

HEAT

Key Message 6: Food Security

Climate change effects on agriculture will have consequences for food security, both in the U.S. and globally, through changes in crop yields and food prices and effects on food processing, storage, transportation, and retailing. Adaptation measures can help delay and reduce some of these impacts.http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/ (page 162)Crop Loss

Food ShortagesThere is a 63% chance that the United States will experience a food price spike of 50% or more within the next 10 years.Dr. Lewis Ziska

Tree Loss

Tropical Diseases (Examples)West Nile VirusCryptococcus Gattii fungusChikungunyaRift Valley FeverDengue Fever*The exact point of origin of many diseases is uncertainChagas Disease******ID #1351 - Can be used in noncommercial online and TV broadcasts of your presentation, but not modified.

Displaced Populations 2013 Hamilton County MultiHazard Mitigation Plan

Green Cincinnati PlanAdaptation Recommendations1) Prepare for Prolonged Heat2) Choose Plants for Changed Growing Zones3) Mitigate Urban Heat Island4) Harden Infrastructure for Stormier WeatherLocal Threats from Climate ChangeAcute ThreatsFloods; Heat Waves; Wind Storms; etc.

Chronic ThreatsCrop Loss; Tree Loss; Exotic Diseases; etc.

Local Effects of Global Climate DisruptionFood Shortages; Energy Shortages; Displaced Populations; Federal Debt; etc. Addressed in MHMP Partially AddressedNot Addressed

ResilienceHow Quickly Will We Recover From a Disaster?How Much Help Will We Need?How Do We Increase Our Capacity to Withstand Shocks?

Climate Change in Cincinnati

Larry Falkin City of Cincinnati, Office of Environment and SustainabilityLarry.Falkin@Cincinnati-oh.gov (513) 352-5325

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