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Our Challenges & Opportunities

The Town of Aurora has formally adopted the 2022 Erie County Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan consists of comprehensive, climate-based hazard identification and  mitigation strategies 

created in coalition with other Erie County municipalities. 

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Human-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are causing warming that is not typical of the historical record.

These emissions are likely to result in negative impacts to

Western New York, including the Town of Aurora.


Increases in average annual temperature, frequency of extreme heat and precipitation events, and changes in habitat will all bring potentially negative impacts to our region. Data showing historical atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (Figure 4) and an increase in Erie County’s historically observed vs. projected temperature (Figure 5) help to visualize these changes. Even under scenarios that assume humans greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the challenge to protect life, property, and vulnerable populations in our community is significant.  

(Source: Erie County Climate Vulnerability Assessment, Draft of Climate Hazards Summary Report August 16, 2020)

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Click on the boxes below to learn more about the specific challenges & opportunities in our town.

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