Category Archives: Climate Change Preparedness

White House climate change preparedness event and Climate Data Intiative

On March 19 the White House, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are hosting an event aimed at highlighting government and private sector efforts to enhance climate change preparedness.  Also today, … Continue reading

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"Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change"

Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises, now in final form from the National Academy of Sciences, differs from previous studies by focusing both on abrupt climate changes and on abrupt climate impacts that have the potential to severely affect the … Continue reading

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EPA draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans for public comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has posted for public comment EPA's draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans for 7 National Programs and 10 Regions.  Other agencies should follow EPA's example and solicit public review of their plans, which should become … Continue reading

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Obama Executive Order on climate change preparedness (Part 2) -- a long-overdue step forward

President Obama's Executive Order "Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change" takes a step on implementing the administration's Climate Action Plan issued in June. This Part 2 of our summary covers Federal Agency Planning for Climate Change Related … Continue reading

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Obama Executive Order on climate change preparedness (Part 1) -- a long-overdue step forward

“Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change,” a presidential Executive Order issued November 1, continues the development of a national climate change preparedness process, which we first called for in March 2008, back in the Bush-Cheney climate … Continue reading

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21st Century climate extremes and the next "Greatest Generation"

Can catastrophic events serve as lasting climate wake-up calls? Why do some disasters have deep and long-lasting consequences for our society while others do not? And what can we do – and should we do – in advance of such events … Continue reading

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Cities taking initiative on climate change preparedness

We have seen all-too-much evidence that the U.S. is unprepared for a rapidly changing climate. In the absence of coherent national climate policy, local leaders are moving forward. New York Mayor Bloomberg announced a hugely ambitious strategic approach and 45 … Continue reading

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Undermining preparedness: flood mapping budget slashed

"The government’s response to the rising need for accurate [flood insurance] maps? It’s slashed funding for them," reports ProPublica. Washington's complicity in undermining preparedness for extreme events is bipartisan: Congress has cut the flood mapping budget by more than half … Continue reading

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Federal budget sequestration begins to undercut extreme event preparedness

So it begins: The 2013 wildfire season finds the government facing cutbacks in firefighters, equipment, fire prevention, and recovery, as a result of federal budget sequestration cuts. And due to an ongoing agency-wide hiring freeze, the National Weather Service office serving the … Continue reading

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Climate change preparedness “Guardian of Gotham”

Among their “Ten people who mattered” in 2012, the science journal Nature included Cynthia Rosenzweig, co-chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change and senior research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. We strongly agree … Continue reading

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