Tag Archives: Climate change

Efforts to Include Green Infrastructure in SRF Programs Advance

Last year, President Obama established the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, which includes state, local, and tribal leaders. The task force is determining how the federal government can mitigate and prepare for climate change through grant and loan programs. One option identified by the federal government is the Clean Water and Drinking Water [...]

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London Firm Releases Cities Alive Report

According to a new report — Cities Alive – rethinking green infrastructure — the natural environment should be a primary concern in urban development, and one that is considered from the earliest planning stages. Generated by London-based firm Arup and supported by the Landscape Institute and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, the report addresses global issues, [...]

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EPA Administrator Tours Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Project

In early March, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy toured Houston’s $58 million Buffalo Bayou Project, a restoration and conservation project on which construction started in 2012. The tour also focused on the city’s Bayou Greenways 2020 program. The Buffalo Bayou Project includes restoration of natural landscapes as well as new and upgraded [...]

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GAO Releases Report on Flood Insurance Reform

On Feb. 12, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on extreme weather events and how the Federal government can limit its financial risk, especially in light of climate change. According to the report, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), creates significant “fiscal exposure.” In 2012, [...]

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President’s Budget Calls for $1 Billion for Climate Resilience

President Barack Obama announced his 2015 budget on March 4, calling for a $1 billion climate resilience fund. The fund would support adaptation efforts as well as research and technology that improves community preparedness for extreme weather events, such as drought and flooding. According to the White House, the $1 billion price tag is small [...]

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California Governor Signs Bill Providing $687 Million for Drought Relief

On March 1, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a $687 million emergency drought relief package following his January declaration of a drought State of Emergency. The package includes $549 million from the accelerated expenditure of voter-approved bonds for infrastructure grants for local and regional projects that are already planned or partially completed. Projects [...]

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European Union Launches Climate Resiliency Research Projects

In January, the European Union launched two research projects aimed at improving resiliency related to extreme weather. Coastal floods are among the most dangerous and harmful of all natural disasters, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Further, coastal flooding risks are increasing with rapid urbanization and climate change. Improved forecasting, prediction and early warning [...]

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Insured Losses in 2013 Highest in Canadian History

Canada’s insured loss totaled $3.2 billion (US$2.88 billion) in 2013, the highest in the country’s history, reports the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). The losses of 2013 came after four consecutive years of natural disaster losses for the insurance industry that hit the $1 billion (US$900 million) mark. The largest insured disaster – and Canada’s [...]

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Massachusetts Invests $52 Million in Climate Resiliency Efforts

On Jan. 14, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) announced $50 million in funds to achieve climate change resiliency in the state’s energy resources, coastal regions and transportation infrastructure. The bulk of the funding will establish a $40 million municipal grant program that seeks to make energy infrastructure more resilient by using clean energy technology. The [...]

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EPA Releases Climate Assessment Update to National Stormwater Calculator

On Jan. 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an update to the National Stormwater Calculator, adding a climate assessment tool that allows the calculator to assess future climate vulnerability scenarios. The calculator now includes changes in seasonal precipitation levels, the effects of more frequent high-intensity storms, and changes in evaporation rates based on [...]

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