New Hampshire is Extremely Vulnerable to Climate Change:
The Northeast region is susceptible to extreme heat events, increased rainfall and flooding, and sea level rise. While the region currently only experiences two or three days a year with temperatures over 95°F, that number could rise as high as 57 days by 2100.
According to a Risky Business Report, the Northeast region in general could experience anywhere from 1 to 7 feet of sea level rise by the end of the century. Portsmouth, NH could experience 6.3 feet rise by 2100. The heightened water levels will increase storm-related property damage by $11-$22 billion in the same time period.
Extreme precipitation stands to cause the largest impact on the Northeast. The region has experienced a greater recent increase in extreme precipitation than any other part of the United States. From 1958 to 2010, the Northeast experienced more than a 70% increase in the amount of precipitation falling in very heavy events.
Hot days are associated with high levels of pollution in the Northeast region of the U.S. An increase in extremely hot days would result in higher rates of respiratory illness and heat related health issues.
New Hampshire Clean Energy Efforts and Opinions:
The majority of adults in New Hampshire, 61 percent, believe that global warming is occurring, but only 48 percent believe humans are forcing it. A further 78 percent support researching renewable energy sources and 76 percent support regulating CO2 as a pollutant.
The Clean Power Plan would require New Hampshire to reduce its CO2 emissions from the power sector by 23.3 percent. The state is continuing planning on how to meet the reductions necessitated by CPP despite the pending lawsuit that has suspended mandatory compliance by any state. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) says the Supreme Court stay of the CPP is “very disappointing.”
Only 30 percent of New Hampshire’s electricity is sourced from natural gas, while close to half comes from biomass, mainly wood.
As of 2014, New Hampshire had 29 MW of solar power, placing it as number 30 in the nation for installed PV capacity.