Is Riverhead prepared to handle the impacts of climate change?

Lack of funding and lack of focus are the two major barriers to the ability of local communities to do what’s necessary to adapt to climate change, according to the Regional Plan Association. The nonprofit research and advocacy organization published a report last year (see below) urging the creation of a regional (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) coastal commission to “give climate adaptation the priority it needs.”

“The government we have today isn’t equipped to handle the changes coming — and in some cases, that are already here,” said Robert Freudenberg, Regional Plan Association vice president for energy and environment.

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