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New resiliency index announced with C40 Cities at the Clinton Global Initiative

Resiliency Index Will Assess Climate Risks for Cities

Working under the umbrella of C40 Cities, an international collaborative  of cities working to assess and reduce their climate risk impacts, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and former president Bill Clinton are launching a climate change adaptation and resiliency measurement program aimed at identifying the cities most at risk. Clinton and Bloomberg announced the initiative on Monday at the midyear meeting of…

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Obama Administration Issues First National Climate Adaptation Strategy

Two years in the making, he National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is a call to action. Co-led by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, NOAA, and the NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, some 90 researchers from federal, state, and tribal conservation agencies, as well as the American public, took part in crafting the plan.

Six countries qualify for forest carbon partnership

Six Tropical Forest Countries Qualify for Forest Carbon Partnership Facility REDD+ Grants

Chile, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Suriname, Thailand and Vanuatu all submitted REDD+ Readiness Plans, thus qualifying for $23 million in grants, indicating that progress, through slow and halting, is being made at the international level to halt deforestation, forest degradation and resulting greenhouse gas emissions.

With US drought entering its third year the USDA advises farmers and ranchers to plan for sound water and grazing management

USDA-NRCS Stresses Need for Water Planning as Western US Faces 3rd Year of Drought

With current conditions pointing to a third consecutive year of drought, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is urging farmers and ranchers in the western US to have drought management plans at the ready and begin implementing them. The USDA-NRCS National Water and Climate Center’s seasonal water supply projections indicate worsening drought conditions across the…

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USDA Reports on Climate Change Effects, Adaptation for Agriculture, Forests

Climate change is expected to have profound, far-reaching effects on U.S. agriculture and forests this century, highlighting a society-wide need to enhance resiliency.

Understanding the ecosystem services provided by wetlands is key to climate change mitigation and a healthy environment for future generations

Climate Change and Wetlands: The IPCC Weighs In

The IPCC NGGI Wetlands Supplement marks a step forward in the international effort to expand the scope of national greenhouse gas emissions inventories.

Cities are where the most progress can be made to adapt to climate change and create a sustainable future

Meeting the Climate Challenge: Cities Plan for Worst and Hope for the Best

At the national and international level climate action is stalled under the unyielding weight of factionalism and meeting the diverse agenda of a global community. At the personal level the issues of climate change and building a sustainable future for our children seems overwhelming; whatever efforts we can lend to the cause feels too small and inadequate. In many ways meeting the…

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