Climate Change Adaptation in United States Federal Natural Resource Science and Management Agencies: A Synthesis

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This report, organized under the auspices of USGCRP’s Adaptation Science Interagency Working Group, is a snapshot in time (2013-2014) of the status of climate change adaptation in Federal agencies that study and manage land and water resources.

Tribal Climate Change Webinar Series Announced for May-June 2015

This series of four webinars will introduce the Local Environmental Observer (LEO) network, discuss extreme weather events, and delve into the impacts of climate change on human health and fish and wildlife. The webinars are being offered by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University with support from EPA.

EPA Local Government Climate Adaptation Training Module Available Online

EPA has released an online training module to help local government officials take actions to increase their communities’ resiliency to a changing climate. The virtual training, which lasts about 30 minutes, was developed with EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee. It illustrates how a changing climate may affect a variety of environmental and public health services, describes how different communities are already adapting to climate-related challenges, and links to a number of federal and state resources that can help communities assess their unique climate-related risks and opportunities to become more resilient to climate change.

University of Calgary to lead national carbon capture student training program

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A new federal grant for the University of Calgary will provide a comprehensive training opportunity for students working on cheaper, more efficient means of capturing greenhouse gas emissions that will ultimately help them drive progress in the carbon capture industry.

Chemistry professor George Shimizu is the fourth University of Calgary professor to lead a CREATE Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). His coalition of energy research partners across Canada will receive $1.65 million over six years to train students to develop various carbon capture technologies for eventual industrial use.

Critics Hear E.P.A.’s Voice in ‘Public Comments’

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When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a major new rule intended to protect the nation’s drinking water last year, regulators solicited opinions from the public. The purpose of the “public comment” period was to objectively gauge Americans’ sentiment before changing a policy that could profoundly affect their lives.

Gina McCarthy, the agency’s administrator, told a Senate committee in March that the agency had received more than one million comments, and nearly 90 percent favored the agency’s proposal. Ms. McCarthy is expected to cite those comments to justify the final rule, which the agency plans to unveil this week.

But critics say there is a reason for the overwhelming result: The E.P.A. had a hand in manufacturing it.

Local Climate and Energy Program Model Design Guide: Enhancing Value and Creating Lasting Programs

This guide was developed for local climate and clean energy (i.e., energy efficiency, renewable energy, and combined heat and power) program implementers to help create or transition to program designs that are viable over the long term by considering how programs create and deliver value for target audiences and partners, how they raise revenue, and how they can operate cost effectively. This guide also has universal applications for basic principles of program design, but is based on experiences with climate and energy programs.

Learning from EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities

Communities learn best from other communities. In the course of completing their climate and energy projects, EPA’s Climate Showcase Communities learned a lot that can help others interested in starting or expanding their own climate and energy programs. This web site includes links to best practices, case studies, and a program implementation guide for communities.