Friday, March 13, 2015

California National Marine Sanctuaries Double in Size

On March 12, 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the approved expansion of both the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Both sanctuaries will more than double in size, and together will protect an additional 2,800 square miles of critical marine and coastal waters. These sanctuaries, which are located along the north-central coast of California, harbor incredibly diverse and productive marine and coastal ecosystems that provide habitat for a diversity of species, as well as a variety of ecosystem services. View NOAA’s press release here.

This expansion is particularly timely given the current climate change adaptation project underway in the region. The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, in partnership with EcoAdapt and other regional stakeholders, is engaged in a multi-year project aimed at assessing the Sanctuary’s climate change vulnerability and developing climate change adaptation strategies for focal resources. Deemed a “cutting-edge project that all National Marine Sanctuary sites will need to follow” by the National Marine Protected Area Center, the North-Central Coast and Ocean Climate-Smart Adaptation Project is tackling marine and coastal climate change issues in new and exciting ways.

EcoAdapt provided critical support during the Vulnerability Assessment phase of the project, and will continue to play a role in the Adaptation Planning phase with Lara Hansen serving as an adaptation advisor for the Sanctuary’s Adaptation Working group and Whitney Reynier providing technical expertise. Learn more about the project by:

  • Viewing the recent webinar, which gives a project overview, details the results from the vulnerability assessment, and explains the upcoming adaptation planning phase.
  • Visiting EcoAdapt’s Gulf of the Farallones project page.

-- Whitney

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New study says people who don't believe in climate change don't like people who do, and vice versa

A new study from Nature Climate Change says people who don't believe in climate change don't like people who do, and vice versa!

Just when you thought there weren't enough opportunities for people to not get along, its turns out our belief in the cause of climate change is another. Interesting perspective that reminds us that very few wars have ever been fought over science. Although we do have a long history of beliefs resulting in repudiation of science we don't like because it affects the status quo--think round Earth, sun centered solar system, lead as a pervasive toxin in our environment, endocrine disruptors. Eventually we come around to science and make it part of our beliefs. The lesson may not be that we are in a culture war, but we are in phase of developing new beliefs based on a new understanding of reality. Hopefully we do it quickly.

- Lara

Monday, February 2, 2015

Climate Risk and Preparedness in Obama's 2016 Budget

Have you ever taken the time to consider how climate change might affect your work? 

How it might affect your investments? 

Carsten Tolkmit

EcoAdapt asks people to do this everyday as part of our Awareness to Action workshops and trainings. But we were thrilled to see that the U.S. Government did this as part of the President’s budget! Check it out!

After you give it a read try it yourself. What projects did you work on today? Is climate change likely to affect any of them? How sound are your investments in that work?

If you’re stymied, EcoAdapt is happy to work with you to try and figure it out.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ask President Obama to be more Climate Savvy in his next State of the Union

The White House is asking Americans to submit their ideas for the State of Union address. Today our Executive Director, Lara Hansen, submitted this:

"Now is the time to prepare for the future. We need to create an America that can sail boldly into the 21st century on a course for success. To do this we need to let go of the outdated technologies that limit our options and hinder our livelihoods, and embrace the opportunities that equip us for the future that lies ahead. This means recognizing that our climate is changing and that change will change our country. We have a choice:
  • continue to do what we've always done despite changing conditions, risking our culture, economy and well-being, or
  • boldly address those changes and advance the United States into the coming century with the benefit of health, security and happiness."
Share your own ideas about the State of the Union here:

Monday, November 24, 2014

California's Getting Creative on Adapting to Drought

LA State Historic Park
California cities are typically “designed…on the promise of nearly endless water,” but with much of the state facing recurrent and severe drought conditions, it may be time to start thinking adaptation.

KQED Science, a program of National Public Radio (NPR), recently covered different methods of creating drought-adapted Californian cities. Some ideas are well-known and have already been implemented with high success, including investing in drought-tolerant landscaping to reduce water use, and installing green infrastructure and water entrapment features (e.g., bioswales and rain barrels) to capture what little precipitation does fall. Other ideas trend to the futuristic, including multi-function buildings that harvest water from fog and are adapted to survive inundation from sea level rise.

Check out the article to learn more about the hot (no pun intended) topics of water efficiency and protecting and enhancing local water provisioning sources!

- Whitney