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.
Around the world, water shortages are affecting communities, businesses and ecosystems.
More than half of the world’s cities and three-fourths of irrigated farms are experiencing water shortages on a recurring basis. Freshwater species are disappearing as their habitats are dried up by water extraction. Looking ahead, more frequent and severe droughts linked to climate change will only exacerbate these problems.
The announcement of new guidance from the White House Council on Environmental Quality requiring agencies to consider climate change as part of their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews caused a stir in the climate community. However, the implications can be challenging to convey to individuals less involved with the ins and outs of federal policy.
Climate Access asked a select group of climate leaders - Oil Change International’s David Turnbull, Sierra Club’s Liz Perera, and Earthjustice’s Raul Garcia - to reflect on the new guidance, the key takeaways to communicate, and opportunities for public engagement. Here’s what they said.
AWRA – NGWA Groundwater Visibility Initiative Workshop: Final Report, Agenda, Attendees; GW at 8WWF Redux
So what’s the deal with the title, ‘Groundwater Visibility Initiative’? There are two components to my answer: 1) groundwater is physically invisible to humans – it’s underground and unless you’re in a cave or something, you can’t see it; 2) its lack of physical visibility has contributed greatly to its lack of visibility in manydiscussions of water policy, governance, and management. It’s not fully integrated into integrated water resources management.
Seward is becoming one of Alaska's major Arctic research and shipping centers.
IDENTIFICATION AND ENGAGEMENT OF SOCIALLY VULNERABLE POPULATIONS IN THE USACE DECISION MAKING PROCESS
Thanks to the folks and the Model Forest Policy Project for passing on a useful new resource to guide engaging vulnerable populations. It was shared by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFM). The focus is on water resource issues from the Corps of Engineers. Should be very relevant to our work with climate and hazard mitigation planning and with vulnerable populations in general.
Although Alaska Native communities have had downscaled SNAP climate projections available for their locations, now all Tribes in the Lower 48 contiguous states can also quickly access county-level climate projections from the Data & Maps Section of any Tribal Fact Sheet in the Tribal Climate Resilience Resource Guide. (Quick Filter by typing in a few distinct letters from the official name of any Tribe to quickly jump to the correct fact sheet link from the full Tribal List of 567 federally recognized Tribes).