Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation

Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation (CMRA) integrates information from across the federal government to help people consider their local exposure to climate-related hazards. View climate-related hazards in real time and use information on past, present, and future conditions to understand exposure in your area in order to plan and build more resilient community infrastructure.

People working in community organizations or for local, Tribal, state, or Federal governments can use the site to help them develop equitable climate resilience plans to protect people, property, and infrastructure. The site also points users to Federal grant funds for climate resilience projects, including those available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Flood Risk Disclosure: Model State Requirements for Disclosing Flood Risk During Real Estate Transactions

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As of the date of publication, 35 states have enacted some form of legal or regulatory mechanism requiring property sellers to disclose factors related to flood risk about their property. This guide identifies states with the strongest flood risk disclosure requirements and provides a selection of their laws and disclosure forms as models for use in introducing or strengthening a state’s real estate disclosure requirements.

Dried up: Texas cities in fear of running out of water

Read the full story at The Hill.

The American West is experiencing its driest period in human history, a megadrought that threatens health, agriculture and entire ways of life. DRIED UP is examining the dire effects of the drought on the states most affected — as well as the solutions Americans are embracing.

As the Western U.S. suffers under its worst drought in a millennium, the government of Texas, a state that faces its own unique set of dangers from extreme weather, is at last turning to deal with the threat that climate change poses to its long-term water supply. 

Texas’s situation is sufficiently dire that in July, a majority-Republican panel on the state legislature voted unanimously to require the state water planning board to consult with the state climatologist as it advises cities in planning to meet the state’s water needs in the future.  

The rule change “removes the possibility that the political climate could harm [local water officials’] ability to plan responsibly for the future,” state Sen. Nathan Johnson (D), a major backer of the shift, told The Hill. 

“It kind of insulates the regional water authorities from political pressures that would harm their ability to do what they need to do,” Johnson said.  

But that process won’t bear fruit for years — and Texans increasingly worry that the crisis is here now. 

State Climate Policy Dashboard

The State Climate Policy Dashboard is an information hub on the Climate XChange website that establishes a framework for state climate policy. It also tracks the status of and provides educational resources for each policy. It is comprised of two components: the State Climate Policy Tracker and the State Climate Policy Resource Hub.

The State Climate Policy Tracker tracks the passage of climate mitigation and adaptation policies across all 50 states. Each state has its own page on the tracker with an identical policy framework and provides information on which policies within the framework have passed in that state.

The Resource Hub is an educational counterpart to the state policy tracker. It has information on each of the policies included in the State Climate Policy Tracker, grouped into seven policy areas:

  1. Climate Governance and Equity
  2. Adaptation and Resilience
  3. Electricity
  4. Buildings and Efficiency
  5. Transportation
  6. Agriculture
  7. Industry, Materials, and Waste Management

You can navigate between the policy areas and jump to individual policies on each page to learn more about them. Each policy has an explanation, resource links, and model state examples.

EPA updates State Energy and Environment Guide to Action

EPA’s State Energy and Environment Guide to Action  offers real-world best practices to help states design and implement policies that reduce emissions associated with electricity generation and energy consumption. The guide is a comprehensive EPA resource designed to help state officials draw insights from other states’ implementation experiences and policy innovations to help meet their own state’s climate, environment, energy, and equity goals.

Each chapter covers a unique policy topic, provides descriptions and a regulatory landscape of the featured policy, explains its environmental, energy, health, and equity benefits, highlights how states have approached key design and implementation issues, and shares best practices based on state experiences.

EPA is updating the guide in phases, with each updated chapter reflecting significant state regulatory and policy developments since its original publication in 2015.

To date, EPA has revised the following five chapters on key utility policies that states can pursue to support clean energy and energy efficiency:

Forthcoming chapter updates will include grid modernization, appliance standards, clean generation requirements, and lead by example policies, among others.

Please sign up to be notified when future chapters are released.

Quitting oil income is hard, even for states that want climate action

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Dozens of state and local budgets depend heavily on tax revenue from oil, gas and coal to fund schools, hospitals and more. Replacing that money is turning out to be a major challenge in the fight against climate change.

New scoring scale tracks the harmful effects of salt pollution in freshwater streams and rivers

Read the full story from the University of Maryland.

A new study sheds light on how salinization from winter road salt combined with other pollutants creates ‘chemical cocktails’ that can jeopardize the ecological balance of waterways, including those in the Washington, D.C. area. The researchers developed a new five-stage scale (Stage 0-IV) to track the progression of this damage, a tool that could inform public policy in the future. Parts of the Potomac, the Anacostia and Rock Creek waterways are in Stage III on the scale for at least part of the year.

Michigan 2050 carbon neutrality goal could be an economic engine – if it avoids a rush to gas

Read the full story in Forbes.

Michigan’s new economywide 2050 carbon neutral proposal vaults it into the vanguard of United States climate ambition. It’s just the fourth such goal nationwide with interim targets of 28% carbon reductions compared to 2005 by 2025, 52% by 2030, and carbon neutrality by 2050, going net negative thereafter.

The MI Healthy Climate Plan draft aims for 50% renewable energy by 2030, closing all coal plants by 2035, building charging infrastructure to support 2 million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, and directing at least 40% of all investments toward vulnerable communities.

Activists push Michigan for bolder, faster climate efforts

Read the full story at Bridge Michigan.

As Michigan regulators consider how to transition the state away from fossil fuels by 2050, activists want them to focus more heavily on housing, transportation and rooftop solar.

During the first of two scheduled listening sessions as state regulators circulate the draft climate plan published this month, activists on Wednesday lauded the plan as a milestone in Michigan’s energy transition, but pushed the state to be more aggressive.

N.C. governor’s climate order marks a turning point on transportation

Read the full story at Energy News Network.

Gov. Roy Cooper this month announced a slate of new climate and equity pledges, including a commitment to get 1.25 million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2030 and to eliminate most fossil fuel vehicles by 2050.