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RI: Significant Interest in Climate Crisis Adaptation Money

Two new pools of money are drawing considerable interest from communities and groups hoping to protect Rhode Island from the climate crisis.

The Ocean State is feeling and seeing the impacts of global warming: surface temperatures are heating up faster than any other in the contiguous United States and have exceeded the U.N. threshold of 2 degrees Celsius; rainfall, flooding, and erosion are more frequent and intense.

To address the worsening conditions, voters approved $10 million to address the climate crisis through the 2018 Green Economy and Clean Water Bond. The money will be divided equally among new two funds: one to protect wastewater treatment facilities and another for preserving coastal and riverine areas.

Despite the relatively modest initial investments both funds are expected to receive additional infusions of money through future bond referendums and other sources, according to state officials.

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