Indigenous communities and tribes are diverse and span the United States. While each community and tribe is unique, many share characteristics that can affect their ability to prepare for, respond to, and cope with the impacts of climate change on health.
WASHINGTON — The White House announced parting protections for the northern reaches of Alaska's lands and waters on Friday, closing off more than 40,000 square miles of Bering Strait-area waters to future oil leases and requiring the federal government to set up a system for increasing the input of Native people.
Two professionals, a planner and an emergency manager, discussed how and why Baltimore and Monterey County, California, decided to merge together climate adaptation and hazard mitigation plans. The discussion was centered on the basic premise of Baltimore’s effort to merge its climate adaptation plan with the update of its hazard mitigation plan, issues Baltimore has experienced or will experience (e.g., increased nuisance flooding), the nature and scope of the Monterey County plan, challenges Monterey County has faced in its multijurisdictional approach, and more.
Today’s media climate leads to confusion
With so much information available online, trying to figure out which information is credible — and what is not — is a real challenge. When so much of what we read falls outside of our own expertise, how can we know which headlines and news articles are consistent with science?
An ice sheet in West Antarctica is breaking from the inside out.
The significant new findings published yesterday in Geophysical Research Letters show that the ocean is melting the interior of the Pine Island Glacier, which is about the size of Texas. The crack seems to be accelerating, said Ian Howat, associate professor of earth sciences at Ohio State University and the study’s lead author. The findings are the first confirmation of something glaciologists have long suspected was happening, he said.
SHAKTOOLIK, Alaska — In the dream, a storm came and Betsy Bekoalok watched the river rise on one side of the village and the ocean on the other, the water swallowing up the brightly colored houses, the fishing boats and the four-wheelers, the school and the clinic.
She dived into the floodwaters, frantically searching for her son. Bodies drifted past her in the half-darkness. When she finally found the boy, he, too, was lifeless.
“I picked him up and brought him back from the ocean’s bottom,” Ms. Bekoalok remembered.
The Inupiat people who for centuries have hunted and fished on Alaska’s western coast believe that some dreams are portents of things to come.
But here in Shaktoolik, one need not be a prophet to predict flooding, especially during the fall storms.
If emissions from human activities continue unabated, it could trigger runaway planetary warming, researchers warn
A warmer world will release vast volumes of carbon into the atmosphere, potentially triggering dangerous climate change, scientists warn.
Writing in journal Nature, they project that an increase of 1C (1.8F) will release an additional 55 billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere by 2050.
Seeking Comments on Draft Disaster Resilience Indicators Concept
The deadline to submit inputs and feedback to the Mitigation Federal Leadership Group (MitFLG) Disaster Resilience Indicators Subcommittee’s “Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Progress Measures" is December 15, 2016. Stakeholders can submit comments and feedback toFEMA-CommunityResilience@fema.dhs.gov.
The document is the result of a year-long effort to identify potential indicators of community resilience capacity building that align with the Mitigation and Recovery Core Capabilities.
Superstorms, drought and changes in the growing season are just a few of the issues driving a new kind of conversation about climate change. This conversation is being had by neighbors, health providers, urban planners and local leaders, even the president of the United States, about how – not whether – to take action.
The 8 guiding principles for using the preparation frame.
New California Law Recognizes Meadows, Streams As “Green Infrastructure”, Eligible For Public Works Funding
As degraded watersheds drag California into its sixth year of drought, a new law makes forests, farms, and fields eligible for infrastructure funding – and the state is hardly alone, according to new research by Ecosystem Marketplace, which shows a dramatic surge in payments for watershed services across the United States and around the world.