The Pacific Islands, including Hawai‘I, American Samoa, and parts of Micronesia, are home to many cultures whose lives depend on the ocean and how they interact with their environment. Climate changes that reduce the productivity of coral reefs and produce rising sea levels will have wide-reaching impacts. People from low-lying islands will likely migrate to higher islands like Hawai‘i. “Now their whole way of life is being affected by climate change,” says Jo-Ann Leong, a convening lead author on the National Climate Assessment’s Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands chapter.
To learn more about climate change impacts in the United States, go to http://NCA2014.globalchange.gov