WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Friday that seeks to expand offshore oil and gas drilling to areas currently off limits, in his administration's latest move to expand domestic energy production.
Bering Sea tribal groups slam Alaska delegation for ‘standing by’ as Trump struck order giving them voice
Alaska Native elders from Bering Sea coastal communities on Friday blasted Alaska's congressional delegation for not doing more to prevent President Donald Trump from striking an Obama-era executive order that gave them a voice on federal management decisions in the region.
Carpe Diem West sorted through dozens of watershed protection plans from around the American West to get a sense of what actions and outcomes communities are prioritizing, and how those priorities were decided upon.
CDW hopes this guide will get you thinking about what successful restoration looks like in your watershed.
A growing body of literature examines the vulnerability, risk, resilience, and adaptation of indigenous peoples to climate change. This synthesis of literature brings together research pertaining to the impacts of climate change on sovereignty,
culture, health, and economies that are currently being experienced by Alaska Native and American Indian tribes and other indigenous communities in the United States. The knowledge and science of how climate change impacts are affecting
indigenous peoples contributes to the development of policies, plans, and programs for adapting to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This report defines and describes the key frameworks that inform indigenous understandings of climate change impacts and pathways for adaptation and mitigation, namely, tribal sovereignty and self-determination, culture and cultural identity, and indigenous community health indicators. It also provides a comprehensive synthesis of climate knowledge, science, and strategies that indigenous communities are exploring, as well as an understanding of the gaps in research on these issues. This literature synthesis is intended to make a contribution to future efforts such as the 4
the National Climate Assessment, while serving as a resource for future research, tribal and agency climate initiatives, and policy development.
Scores of Inuit delegates from Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Chukotka, Russia will gather next year in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, the community formerly known as Barrow, for the organization's 13th general assembly, following a decision April 3 by the Inuit Circumpolar Council's executive council.
Last week, the Value of Water Campaign released an economic impact analysis it commissioned to understand how investments in the nation's water infrastructure affects economic growth and employment. The report, "The Economic Benefits of Investing in Water Infrastructure" was shared for the first time on World Water Day at a briefing on Capitol Hill.
The analysis found there is an upside to investment, as well as a severe economic cost to inaction. At a national level, a one-day disruption in water service represents an aggregate daily loss of $43.5 billion in sales and $22.5 billion in GDP. For context, an eight-day national disruption in water service would amount to a one percent loss in annual GDP--putting roughly 1.9 million jobs at risk. For every day of water service disruption, the average US business loses $230 in sales per employee. In industries most reliant on water, sales drop by up to 75 percent, or up to $5,800 per employee. Read the full report here.
APA is one of six key partners united behind a new effort called the "Naturally Resilient Communities," or NRC, program that promotes the role nature-based solutions can play in helping reduce flood risk for communities while providing other benefits, such as improved water quality and enhanced recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat — all of which positively impacts local economies. Together, we collectively represent county governments, professional engineers, community planners, floodplain managers and conservationists.
Online at NRCSolutions.org, the partners have created a guide of nature-based solutions and related case studies of successful projects to help communities learn more and identify those solutions that might work best for them. This tool:
- Enables end users to be able to understand and consider the suite of nature-based infrastructure options available at given locations based upon the type of issue to be addressed (e.g. stormwater, flooding, or erosion control/reduction)
- Describes how projects, such as wetland restoration, oyster reef construction, or beach dune restoration, can be used to address flooding issues facing these communities
- Provides an understanding of the ability of natural infrastructure to contribute to reducing risks and to provide a suite of other benefits.
- Provides real world examples of success stories related to the implementation of natural infrastructure projects; and
- Broadens the understanding of when such projects may be appropriate so they can be considered as part of the many regular and ongoing planning and project development activities undertaken by communities.
The guide also includes a collection of case studies that further articulate key steps in the process of developing natural infrastructure projects, identify specific types of natural infrastructure applications that can be implemented in a diverse set of geographies (e.g., wetland restoration), address a specific set of impacts (e.g., riverine flooding in industrialized waterfronts), or serve as iconic stories that create a compelling and memorable narrative around the use of natural infrastructure.
WHY WE CONTINUE TO DEVELOP FLOODPLAINS: EXAMINING THE DISINCENTIVES FOR CONSERVATION IN FEDERAL POLICY
This report explores the value of floodplains and attempts to explain how the nation's rivers and floodplains have become physically disconnected, leading to loss of floodplain functions. With federal agencies now incorporating the value of natural infrastructure, or ecosystem services, into federal planning and decision-making, there are opportunities as never before to examine and change the disincentives for floodplain conservation.
Agencies have taken steps towards supporting nonstructural mitigation projects and higher regulatory standards, but this support is not uniformly reflected in federal regulatory policy. This report investigates whether current federal policy is structured to prevent future flood damage or if incentives are leading to further floodplain development.
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. --- The Forest Service's Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science created the online Adaptation Workbook as an interactive version of the practical workbook. The online workbook was recently updated to include an updated design, climate information across the entire United States, and resources that support urban forestry and agriculture, in addition to forest management projects. Visit the Adaptation Workbook Web site. The workbook was also supported by USDA's Climate Hubs and Michigan Technological University.