Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Adaptation Mavens Column on CAKE: Don't Forget to Pay Attention

Dear Adaptation Mavens,

A massive heat wave struck our community a decade ago leaving several people dead and many more hospitalized. We had extended power outages, severe water restrictions, and lots of environmental problems. Thanks to this wake-up call, we’ve started to incorporate climate savvy actions into our regional planning and management schemes. We’ve planted more trees for shade, put in place water and energy conservation strategies, and created emergency action plans. Most folks are happy with the changes—property values are up and crime is down in our newly greened-up neighborhoods, and a number of businesses have commented that they’ve noticed significant financial savings thanks to using less water and energy—but a few people are asking whether the changes we have made are making any difference. How can we know if adaptation is working?

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Climate-smart Restoration in the Great Lakes

EcoAdapt and the National Wildlife Federation are working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create climate-smart restoration and coastal planning guidelines for the Great Lakes region. Last week, the report Restoring the Great Lakes’ Coastal Future: Technical Guidance for the Design and Implementation of Climate-Smart Coastal Restoration Projects in the Great Lakes Region was released.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

50/50/50: Stories of Climate Change and Climate Action in the United States

I wanted to call everyone's attention to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Open Spaces 50/50/50 series. Since Earth Day (April 22), the FWS and partners have been sharing stories of climate change and climate action from around the country. The concept is simple: for 50 weekdays, one story per state is unveiled. Our friend, David Eisenhauer, is the primary contact for the series.

Some suggested stories to check out:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Burning the Midnight Oil: Feds at Work

There have been a slew of updates from U.S. federal agencies in the last few weeks regarding climate change adaptation policies. These policies were recommended by the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. Some of the policy statements released are from the:
These policy statements are an important step forward for federal agencies in addressing climate change within and across bureaucratic boundaries. By June 2012, full climate change adaptation plans for each federal agency will be developed.