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Wetter fall and winters will potentially slow the start of the growing season and increase the need for drainage infrastructure.
Drier summer could make growing season slightly longer but increase need for irrigation.
Population growth is threatening the viability of local farms as they are not protected from development.
There will likely be less shellfish to harvest due to ocean acidification and an increase in ocean temperatures will lead to lower survival rates in fisheries.
Will be harder to rear oysters, and other sea creatures that have shells.
Less food lower on the food chain will make survival more difficult for fish and is linked to the survival of top of the food chain species like killer whales.
More people moving to the area provides new markets for the construction industry.
More infrastructure will be needed in the form of new housing, businesses, roads and facilities.
There will also be a need to retrofit old buildings for more intense storms with more precipitation.
Repairing structures damaged in intense weather events and increased armoring for sea level rise will provide business opportunities.
/ Clean Energy
Products that minimize the use of fossil fuels will become industry standards.
Energy efficient and sustainability driven products are likely to see an increase in demand in the future.
Increase in products, jobs, and application of products to help combat climate change.
Pierce County lacks these energy efficient products/clean energy manufacturing jobs today.
The trees and plants we plant will need to be drought tolerant.
The forestry industry will need to plan for wildfires and take steps to reduce fuel that is a fire hazard.
We could see many native plants fail to survive summer droughts.
Increased development could increase value of timber.
Increase in demand for Pierce County health care with likely population growth.Forest fire smoke will likely be an increased threat from local and regional fires from neighboring states and Canada.
Vulnerable populations will be exposed to more heat, more flooding, and diseases that are currently uncommon in our region.
Cleaner vehicles like electric cars could improve air quality year around..
Increased frequency in severe weather events, some health issues could get worse while some could get better.
Will likely cost customers more for the same coverage.
Increase in natural events and disasters will increase the need for insurance.
Able to charge higher premiums to mitigate for increased payouts following damaged caused by climate related disasters.
Businesses, & Habitat
Sea level rise will threaten homes, businesses and decrease habitat in low-lying areas.
Increased likelihood that storms will cause flooding weakening coastal land, increasing landslides and erosion.
Climate Change is a threat multiplier and can cause destabilization across the world creating challenges for the Military.
Will need to plan for sea level rise and act in the next 10 years to protect low-lying areas that could start flooding during high tides and storm surges.
More people will likely want to move to this area from other regions.
Property values are likely to increase with low housing inventory.
There is still some available land in the area to develop and lots of infill opportunities throughout the County.
Warmer summers could extend the tourism season in Pierce County.
Less snow and reduced wildlife might decrease the aesthetic beauty of the region.
More closures of iconic Parks like Mt. Rainier are possible due to flooding and road blocks.
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