EPA recently launched the Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center, a self-guided, interactive web portal that helps local governments effectively deliver services to their communities even as the climate changes. It provides decision makers with an integrated package of information tailored specifically to their needs, based on where they live and the particular issues of concern to them.
A global mapping tool and database launched today, examines how forest loss, fires, unsustainable land use and other threats to natural infrastructure affect water security throughout the world. GFW Water provides data sets, statistics and risk scores for all of the world’s 230 watersheds, areas of land where all of the water drains to a common outlet such as a river. Users can drop a pin anywhere to learn about the risks to the water supply near them, and find resources on how investing in natural infrastructure protection can help alleviate these threats.
Sonoma County, California and Caldas, Colombia are very different communities, yet they share a common threat—climate change.
Both cities have similar ecological landscapes and agricultural resources. Sonoma’s wine region is vulnerable to changing rainfall patterns and droughts spurred by warming temperatures; Caldas’ coffee fields face devastating floods and landslides.
By John Morton
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Did you know that the Kenai Peninsula has 1,800 miles of anadromous streams and rivers that flow into our surrounding salt waters from 374 outlets? We are indeed blessed with an abundance of salmon, Dolly Varden and hooligan habitat.
This article discusses how freshwater organizations and agencies learn to build natural capital in the form of river restoration, wetlands, and green infrastructure in communities affected by climate change.
At risk neighborhoods in the United States continue to be devastated by the effects of natural disasters, leaving people without clean drinking water for days. Droughts and floods cause these communities to fight to decontaminate their water supply.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Wildlife is interested in how you use the Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats CHAs and their resources, and your ideas on how to manage activities and public uses in the CHAs. No revisions to the plan have been made yet. Scoping is the public opportunity to let agency planners know what they think should be considered or discarded when revisions are made.
Public scoping for the Kachemak Bay & Fox River Flats CHAs Management Plan Revision is open from September 26, 2016 to November 4, 2016.
The Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats Critical Habitat Areas (CHAs) were established in 1974 (AS 16.20.590) and 1972 (AS 16.20.580) respectively, by the Alaska Legislature in order to protect the area's fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. The Kachemak Bay CHA encompasses most of tidelands, submerged lands (lands below mean high water), and waters in Kachemak Bay east of a line drawn from Anchor Point to Point Pogibshi, but excludes tidelands in an area adjacent to the Homer Harbor. The Fox River Flats CHA includes both uplands and tidelands in the estuarine area of the Bradley and Fox Rivers, at the head of Kachemak Bay. Together, these two CHAs protect important habitat for shellfish, fish, marine mammals, and tens of thousands of shorebirds, sea birds, and waterfowl. The CHAs are co-managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) under their respective authorities.
By explicitly considering climate change in local planning and decision-making, Bainbridge Island will be on a path to a resilient future. These actions must start today as the decisions currently being made will set the stage for our ability to respond in the future. The broader vision and hope for this Climate Impact Assessment is that the guidance contained herein will enable the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) to effectively adapt to the implications of a changing climate in the coming decades.
The USDA Climate Hubs have been busy, and we are excited to announce the release of our first Hub-wide product, the Climate Hubs Tool Shed. The Tool Shed is an online, searchable database of tools (data-driven, interactive websites, and mobile apps) that can assist land managers, land owners, and extension professionals in adapting working lands to the impacts of climate change. While many of the tools were developed specifically to address climate change, several were instead developed to aid in mitigating impacts of drought, pests, wildfire, and extreme weather. Although not necessarily designed to do so, many of these tools in the latter category are excellent resources for managing the effects of climate change on working lands, and having all these tools in one place can help users find the best tool for them.
The Physician’s Guide to Climate Change, Health and Equity is a resource to strengthen and inform your voice as a trusted health professional on climate change, health and equity. The Guide explores the complex and multifaceted connections between climate change and health, disproportionate burdens and the impacts on health equity, and opportunities for solutions. It is not designed to be read and absorbed all at once, because it is filled with a lot of detailed information and data. Rather, it is meant to be a resource that you can use to prepare for media interviews, visits with legislators or policymakers, news media articles, or presentations such as Grand Rounds, conferences, community talks and more.