05/07/2014 02:00 pm ET

Report: Hawaii Should Brace For Major Environmental Changes

Sophie Cocke/Civil Beat

Hawaii needs to prepare for diminishing supplies of freshwater, dying coral reefs, stronger storms, rising sea levels and fewer native species, according to the third U.S. National Climate Assessment, a comprehensive report on the long-term effects of climate change on regions throughout the country.

The section on Hawaii, which was written by top local scientists, is similar to a draft of the report released last year, but has a sharper focus, according to John Marra, one of the report’s lead authors and a climate change expert at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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