Gov. David Ige today signed a bill into law to document sea level rise and set strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, aligning the state’s goals with the Paris climate accord.
President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from that agreement last week. Ige said Hawaii is the first state to enact legislation implementing parts of the Paris climate agreement.
Ige said the islands are seeing the impacts of climate change first-hand. He said tides are getting higher, biodiversity is shrinking, coral is bleaching and coastlines are eroding.
At least a dozen states including Hawaii have signed pledges to continue reducing fossil-fuel emissions despite Trump’s decision.
Ige also signed a bill today to reduce carbon emissions in the agriculture sector.