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.

GriddingMachine: A new database and software for sharing global datasets

Read the full story from the Climate Modeling Alliance.

GriddingMachine aims to minimize the effort involved in reusing data by

  • Collecting data from various sources,
  • Processing the data to a uniform format (NetCDF),
  • Storing the reprocessed data on public servers, and
  • Providing APIs to automatically download, manage, and read the data in multiple programming languages.

Each dataset is labeled with a unique tag that describes

  • Type of the dataset (e.g., leaf area index, biomass, etc.),
  • Spatial resolution (e.g., 5X means 0.2° × 0.2° grid),
  • Temporal resolution (e.g., 1Y means 1 year, 1M means 1 month),
  • Year of the data, and
  • Version of the data (from different publications).

Users can look up available dataset tags (and suggest new datasets) through our Github repository.

Where are the venomous snakes? An app created by a Clemson scientist can tell you

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Recent Clemson University Ph.D. graduate Rhett Rautsaw wanted to explore whether the evolutionary theory of character displacement — when two species live in the same area and evolve to avoid competing over resources such as food — extended to pit viper venom.

There was one problem. To study competition, Rautsaw had to know where each pit viper species lived, and there wasn’t a comprehensive source of that information readily available.

Rautsaw created VenomMaps, a database and web application containing updated distribution maps and niche models for all 158 pit viper species living in North, Central and South America. Pit vipers are a group of venomous snakes, including rattlesnakes, copperheads and cottonmouths. While Rautsaw needed the information for his evolutionary biology research, the maps provide vital information for conservation efforts, citizen scientists and medical professionals.

These maps show how many ‘dangerous’ heat days your neighborhood may have by midcentury

Read the full story at Fast Company.

See also Rise in extreme heat will hit minority communities hardest at E&E News, which includes additional analysis that combines First Street’s data with Census Bureau records to analyze racial and ethnic disparities in exposure to extreme heat.

Right now, there are only a few pockets of the U.S. where it’s possible that the heat index might rise above 125 degrees Fahrenheit—a particularly dangerous threshold for human health. But by the middle of the century, a much larger area is at risk, sprawling from the Gulf Coast across a swath of the middle of the country, and reaching as far north as southern Wisconsin.

A new report [by First Street] maps out where it could happen, along with the increased risk of more ordinary (but still risky) extreme heat, heat waves, and temperatures that surge outside local norms. In a new tool, you can type in any American address, and see both the risks from heat in your neighborhood now and by midcentury. It’s part of Risk Factor, a broader climate risk tool that also shows the risk from flooding or wildfires for any American address.

Finding your match in the carbon economy

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The Department of Energy’s new Carbon Matchmaker tool is an important resource to jumpstart the burgeoning carbon economy. The interactive map acts as a coordination tool, helping carbon dioxide capturers, users, removers and storers find each other. The map helps visualize the current supply chain for carbon across a region and allows the companies to identify the most fruitful carbon management partnerships near them. 

Legal and Regulatory Frameworks for CCUS

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Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies are set to play an important role in putting the global energy system on a path to net zero. Successfully deploying CCUS relies on the establishment of legal and regulatory frameworks to ensure the effective stewardship of CCUS activities and the safe and secure storage of CO2.

Several countries have already developed comprehensive legal and regulatory frameworks for CCUS. These form a valuable knowledge base for the growing number of countries that have identified a role for CCUS in meeting their climate goals, but which are yet to establish a legal foundation for CCUS, and particularly for CO2 storage. Increasingly, existing frameworks are also being tested as more commercial CCUS projects are developed, with important learnings for regulators.  

This IEA CCUS Handbook is a resource for policy makers and regulators on establishing and updating legal and regulatory frameworks for CCUS. It identifies 25 priority issues that frameworks should address for CCUS deployment, presenting global case studies and examining how different jurisdictions have approached these issues. The handbook is supported by a web-based legal and regulatory database, and model legislative text that is found at the end of this report.

See also: CCUS legal and regulatory database, which provides examples of legislative approaches to CCUS from around the world. It is organized by priority issues impacting CCUS activities – such as permitting and authorization or long-term liability – across various regions, countries and states/ provinces. Where applicable, the base legislation from which the relevant law or regulation is derived is referenced and linked.

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.

These startups seek to close the supply-and-demand gap for recycled plastics

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Circular, launched in June and based in Palo Alto, California, is an online marketplace for buyers and sellers of post-consumer recycled plastic. Cirplus has been doing that since 2018 out of Hamburg, Germany. Circularise, founded in 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands, plays a different role, helping buyers and sellers to determine the origins and ingredients of a variety of materials, including recycled and renewable plastics, through its blockchain technology. In May the company announced that it is teaming up with plastic producer Neste.

New open data platform aims to bring transparency to global supply chains

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An open data platform, which allows companies to disclose their supplier lists and showcase their commitment to supply chain transparency, has launched its beta phase.

Open Supply Hub aims to improve insights around production facilities and global supply chains, allowing organizations, civil society and other stakeholders to work collaboratively with suppliers and manufacturers to enhance supply chain sustainability.

New online mapping tool helps California prepare for extreme heat

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As summer kicks off and California braces for more record-breaking temperatures, a new tool co-developed by UCLA researchers will help government officials, school administrators and communities visualize the neighborhoods most in danger from extreme heat. Low-income residents and communities of color are impacted most by hot weather, which is the deadliest effect of climate change in California.