Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Want fiscal responsibility? Adapt now!

Dear Adaptation Mavens,

I don’t mean to gloat, but I’m just thrilled with the recent election results in the United States and rejection of climate change legislation in Canada. At last we’re going to get some fiscal responsibility back into our lives, along with a much-needed dose or reality. No more of these climate change zombies screaming that “the sky is falling” and claiming that we have to spend heaps of money to prepare for something that isn’t even real. The liberal elite may have been willing to shell out billions of dollars for climate adaptation, but the conservatives know a load of bunk when they see it. Why are the two of you still writing this silly column when it’s clear that the liberal agenda is failing?

Having A Heck of A Holiday
Read more »

Monday, November 15, 2010

Adapting to Climate Change in the Sky Island Region

By Rachel M. Gregg

In September, Lara spent a few days in Tucson with the Sky Island Alliance, the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and about 85 other interested groups (plus a great group of conveners!) at the Climate Change Adaptation in the Arid Southwest: A Workshop for Land and Resource Management. This was vibrant exchange of key information about the effects of climate change in the region presented by local experts (Louise Misztal, Gregg Garfin, Tom Swetnam, Julia Fonseca, Christina Vojta and Marcos Robles) on everything from participant perceptions to FIRE! to wildlife and human communities. This was the kick-off meeting to an ongoing process to build an Arizona Climate Change Network and develop ideas about how to include climate change in activities across the region from water management and wildlife corridor development to improved research and monitoring. This meeting was also used to inform the development of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative (commonly known as an LCC. In this region the process is being led by the Bureau of Reclamation, unlike other regions where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plays this role.

Read more about the Sky Island Alliance's adaptation project on CAKE!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Are you Climate Savvy?

Two members of the EcoAdapt team are proud to announce their new book, Climate Savvy: Adapting Conservation and Resource Management to a Changing World. Climate change experts Lara Hansen and Jennie Hoffman consider the implications of climate change for key management issues of our time—invasive species, corridors and connectivity, ecological restoration, pollution, and many others. How are our traditional approaches vulnerable to the effects of climate change? What steps can we take to improve the likelihood of successful outcomes?

Climate Savvy offers a wide-ranging exploration of how scientists, managers, and policymakers can use the challenge of climate change as an opportunity to build a more holistic and effective philosophy. Based on collaboration with a wide range of scientists, conservation leaders, and practitioners, the authors present general ideas as well as practical steps and strategies that can help cope with this new reality.

We hope you find it a useful resource!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Planning your Thanksgiving dinner?

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we're busily planning our menus, especially the dessert portion! Fancy some ice cream with that apple or pumpkin pie? Then submit a case study on CAKE before December 1st and receive a free pint of Stonyfield ice cream or frozen yogurt! Remember to register first!