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.

Alaska’s herring row

Read the full story from the Food & Environment Reporting Network.

The tiny fish is central to Tlingit culture and to sustainable ecosystems. Overfishing threatens both.

‘We’re dwindling like the salmon’: the Indigenous nations fighting for water rights

Read the full story in The Guardian.

In California’s Bay-Delta, civil rights are inextricable from water rights, a coalition says – and a way of life is on the line

Tribal environmental health strengthened by NIEHS-funded scientist and her team

Read the full story at Environmental Factor.

For nearly three decades, Johnnye Lewis, Ph.D., has advanced Native American health by combining basic research, population-level studies, clear science communication, and robust partnerships with tribes. She is a longtime NIEHS grant recipient from the University of New Mexico (UNM), where she uses a transdisciplinary team approach to tackle issues related to environmental justice and health disparities, which affect many Indigenous communities.

California fire and floods turn a river to ‘sludge,’ killing thousands of fish

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The McKinney fire began on July 29 and has exploded to more than 60,000 acres, killing four people and becoming California’s largest fire so far this year. According to local tribal leaders, the fire has also led to the mass fish kill in the Klamath River, which runs for more than 250 miles from southern Oregon, through Northern California and out to the Pacific Ocean.

A new paradigm of climate partnership with Indigenous Peoples: An analysis of the recognition of Indigenous Peoples in the IPCC report on mitigation

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On 4 April 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report on Mitigation of Climate Change – the contribution of the Working Group III (WGIII) to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). In response to this, IWGIA, the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) and Pastoralists Indigenous NGO Forum (PINGO’s Forum) present a joint briefing note analysing the findings of the IPCC report concerning Indigenous Peoples. (Don’t forget to also read the IWGIA briefing paper on the IPCC report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability)

In its new report, the IPCC recognises the multiple risks that both climate change and current mitigation measures pose to Indigenous Peoples. Despite this particular vulnerability, the report highlights the significant role of Indigenous Peoples in promoting climate action. The contributions of Indigenous Peoples are many and varied, including the role of Indigenous Peoples’ movements in encouraging a right-based climate action. Also crucial are the contributions that diverse communities make in their territories to conserve and restore nature, positioning Indigenous Peoples as key actors in land-based mitigation measures. Special mention is given to Indigenous Peoples’ values and worldviews, which can promote new narratives to better respond to climate change. 

The IPCC report provides strong evidence on how recognising and respecting Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge provides multiple benefits. Therefore it mentions the importance of effectively including Indigenous Peoples in climate governance and improving access to climate finance. Based on this evidence, this the joint briefing note – written by Rosario Carmona, Joanna Petrasek MacDonald (ICC), Dalee Sambo Dorough (ICC), Tunga Bhadra Rai (NEFIN), Gideon Abraham Sanago (PINGO’s Forum) and Stefan Thorsell (IWGIA) – proposes a series of recommendations to governments to strengthen Indigenous Peoples’ participation in climate governance.

Michigan anglers fear fishing deal with tribes could hurt their interests

Read the full story at Bridge Michigan.

Recreational and charter fishing groups want a voice in negotiations over Great Lakes fishing rights, a new sign of tension in negotiations between state regulators and tribes over waters that are dramatically changing.

Haskell Indian Nations University receives $20 million National Science Foundation research award for Indigenous science hub project

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland today announced that Haskell Indian Nations University, a Bureau of Indian Education-operated Tribal University in Lawrence, Kansas, is the recipient of a $20 million award from the National Science Foundation for an Indigenous science hub project. Funded under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the award is for five years and is the largest research award ever granted by the NSF to a Tribal college or university.

The project will create The Large Scale CoPe: Rising Voices, Changing Coasts: The National Indigenous and Earth Sciences Convergence Hub, a space for the convergence of disciplines and epistemologies where Indigenous knowledge-holders from diverse coastal regions will work with university-trained social, ecosystem and physical Earth system scientists and students on transformative research to address coastal hazards in the contexts of their communities.

“The Rising Voices, Changing Coasts hub to be located at Haskell Indian Nations University is a tremendous step forward in supporting Tribal communities as they address challenges from a rapidly changing climate,” said Assistant Secretary Newland. “This is an exciting and much-needed opportunity for scientists and Indigenous knowledge keepers to collaborate on how Indigenous people in coastal areas can build resiliency to the dynamic forces resulting from climate change.”

The Rising Voices, Changing Coasts hub’s goals are to improve modeling and prediction of coastal processes to support decision-making by Indigenous communities, develop a framework for cross-cultural collaboration that can be adopted in the future, train the next generation of Indigenous researchers, and increase the infrastructure at Haskell needed to support future large research projects.

The hub will focus on place-based research in four regions: Alaska (Arctic), Louisiana (Gulf of Mexico), Hawai‘i (Pacific Islands), and Puerto Rico (Caribbean Islands). It will combine Indigenous knowledge, modeling capabilities, archeological records, geographic information system techniques, socio-economic analysis and hazards research. Together, these data, transdisciplinary analysis and convergent findings will enhance fundamental understanding of the interconnected physical, cultural, social and economic processes that result in coastal hazards and climate resilience opportunities, and increase the accuracy, relevance and usability of model predictions on multi-decadal timescales.

The Haskell Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit serving the university, secured the project’s funding. “This award is wonderful and critically important today,” said Haskell Foundation Director Aaron Hove. “It cements Haskell’s leadership role in Indigenous Climate Change research and demonstrates what a small institution can accomplish when it builds relationships with internationally known research institutions like the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Scripps Research Institute and large research universities.”

“This research hub is a significant part of the growing recognition that traditional ecological knowledges and Indigenous knowledges should be a part of the science that is being done today regarding global climate change,” noted Dr. Daniel R. Wildcat, Haskell faculty member and the hub’s lead investigator. “It is a game changer for Indigenous peoples. We have been advocating for years that we need a seat at the table in scientific discussions regarding climate. I think the funding for this hub allows Indigenous knowledge holders to build their own table and invite leading academic trained scientists to take a seat.”

In addition to Haskell Indian Nations University, as the lead institution, partners in the hub are: NCAR and its Rising Voices Center for Indigenous and Earth Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group, and community partners in the four targeted regions.

Once nearly extinct, bison are now climate heroes

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Indigenous tribes are leading the effort to bring back the bison — a victory not only for the sake of biodiversity, but for the entire ecosystem they nurture

Can the US go green without destroying sacred native lands?

Read the full story in Mother Jones.

An Apache group is fighting to stop a massive copper mine in Arizona.