The lands around our water sources serve as vital water infrastructure for cities around the world. These lands collect, store and filter our water, and when managed well, can provide a number of additional benefits to people and nature. Beyond the Source, a new report from The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Natural Capital Project, Forest Trends, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Latin American Water Funds Partnership, seeks to illustrate how nature-based solutions can be implemented at a scale that will make a visible difference in our collective pursuit to create a sustainable world and improve the lives of billions of people.
In September, Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed AB 2480 into law. This bill established that “source watersheds are recognized and defined as integral components of California’s water infrastructure.” The conservation think tank Pacific Forest Trust created the bill together with its author, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica).
Located in southern Cook Inlet, the Kachemak Bay Habitat Focus Area supports important recreational, subsistence, and commercial fishing. The area is also important for marine transportation, tourism, and threatened and endangered species. The bay provides a remarkably fertile environment for both fish and shellfish. The abundant marine life draws waterfowl, shorebirds, moose, and bears. Marine mammals, including otters, seals, porpoise, and a variety of whales, live in the bay year round.
2018 National Climate Assessment (NCA): Overview, Alaska Chapter, and Public Feedback/Input for the 2018 Report
The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is produced every four years by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). The USGCRP, under the Global Change Research Act of 1990, is mandated to deliver a status report to the President and Congress that evaluates, integrates and interprets the findings of their federal research program on global change. The NCA aims to integrate new information on climate science into the context of larger social, ecological, and policy systems. It will provide an updated report of climate change impacts and vulnerability, evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation and adaptation activities, and identify knowledge gaps. Alaska has been identified as one of 10 Regional Assessments to be included in the 2018 national report. The purpose of the presentation is to provide a brief background on the NCA, present some current topical areas will include, and seek public feedback. It is hoped that the audience can provides feedback on current landscape changes that are affecting their lifestyles.
A preliminary economic analysis has found that a graphite mining prospect near Nome — an effort to capitalize on a potential supply crunch from China and a growing appetite for electric vehicles — could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars if it's developed.
Through this network, users can access the wealth of tools, data, and reports developed by federal agencies. In order to maintain continued access to federal climate resources, the Georgetown Climate Center is collecting and archiving federal resources. This network portal provides an easy way to continue to access and find these resources all in one place. Resources presented here will either direct readers to archived links, or provide access to an archived link at the bottom of the resource summary.
We invite you join the National Climate Assessment (NCA) in NCAnet, a network of organizations working with the NCA to engage producers and users of assessment information across the United States. Participants extend the NCA process and products to a broad audience through the development of assessment-related capacities and products, such as collection and synthesis of data or other technical and scientific information relevant to current and future NCA reports, dissemination of NCA report findings to various users of assessment information, engagement of assessment information producers and users, supporting NCA events, and producing communications materials related to the NCA and NCA report findings.
Alaska residents, NGOs, tribes, city officials, developers, and lawyers have a convenient information source in this publication, covering the history and status of Alaska water laws. While the State of Alaska governs water within its borders and within 3 miles of the shoreline, the federal government has jurisdiction over water rights on federal lands, which make up over 60% of the land in Alaska. Past and current controversies over who has rights to Alaska’s waters involve public lands, subsistence, commercial fishing, mining, and the Clean Water Act, among others. Water law lessons learned in other states have not been applied yet in Alaska, due to an abundance of water resources. But with possible shortages of groundwater and surface water due to climate change, industry, and a growing population, Alaska will likely face the same problems other states have dealt with.