America's Preparedness Report Card

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Colorado is susceptible to increasing threats from extreme heat and drought. Relative to other states, however, Colorado is taking action to prepare for those threats, including a statewide climate change vulnerability study and a climate plan that outlines the potential impacts of climate change and suggests adaptation strategies.

Extreme Heat

Colorado faces a lower threat level from extreme heat than most states; still, by 2050 heat wave days are projected to jump from about 10 a year to nearly 50. Colorado has done more than most states to understand its projected climate change-related threats and to begin to plan for them, but as with most states, there is no evidence that Colorado has begun to implement adaptation strategies.

Drought

By 2050, summer drought severity in Colorado is projected to be among the worst in the country. The state has taken strong action (far more than most states) to assess its vulnerability to climate change-driven drought, but could do more by beginning to implement adaptation strategies for its growing drought risk.

Wildfires

Grades were assigned only when threats were identified as priorities for that state. For details, see the methodology.

Inland Flooding

Grades were assigned only when threats were identified as priorities for that state. For details, see the methodology.

Coastal Flooding

Grades were assigned only when threats were identified as priorities for that state. For details, see the methodology.