America's Preparedness Report Card

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New Mexico faces growing threats from extreme heat, drought, and wildfire between now and 2050. The state has taken a lot of action to address its current risks and some action to begin to understand how climate change will impact its future risks. However, New Mexico has not done much to plan for its future risks or implement strategies to improve its climate change resilience.

Extreme Heat

New Mexico has taken an above average level of action to prepare for its overall extreme heat risks. The state is one of a handful that have taken extensive action to address their current risks. New Mexico published a report in 2005 containing strategies to address climate change through greenhouse gas mitigation measures, but it has taken almost no action to plan for future heat risks or implement adaptation strategies.

Drought

New Mexico faces one of the greatest overall threats from drought in the nation. It is taking an average amount of action to address its risks among the states assessed for drought. New Mexico has yet to implement any adaptation strategies, however, it is in the process of updating regional water plans and preparing a new statewide water plan for 2017 that aims to address future drought risks.

Wildfires

New Mexico faces an above average overall threat from wildfire. The state has been one of a few states that have taken extensive action to prepare for its current risks. However, it has not done much to prepare for its future wildfire risks. Although a 2005 state report includes an assessment of impacts from climate change-related wildfire risks, almost no action has been taken to plan for or implement strategies to address these future risks.

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.