Monday, 08 December 2014 00:00
The White House Council on Environmental Quality – November 17, 2014
As part of the Administration's overall effort to combat climate change, President Obama is committed to ensuring that U.S. communities thrive in the face of a changing climate. The Administration has made significant investments in resilient disaster recovery in the wake of extreme weather events, ensuring that rebuilding and infrastructure projects factor in climate impacts, such as sea-level rise, and invest in making transit systems more resilient to flooding and extreme weather. Last year, as part of his Climate Action Plan, the President established the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The Task Force is comprised of Governors, Mayors, county executives and Tribal leaders from throughout the U.S. who are experiencing climate change impacts. Task Force leaders have taken bold action to protect their communities by investing in more resilient infrastructure, updating building codes, adjusting the way they manage natural resources, and planning for rapid recovery from extreme weather events. To access a fact sheet summarizing recommendations from the Task Force, as well as the recommendations document, click here.
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the third edition of a report, 'Climate Change Indicators in the United States.' The report presents observed data on key measures of our environment, including U.S. and global temperature and precipitation, ocean heat and ocean acidity, sea level, length of growing season, and many others. With 30 indicators that include over 80 maps and graphs showing long-term trends, the report demonstrates that climate change is already affecting our environment and our society.