Tag Archives: Climate change

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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Department of the Interior Announces $100 Million in Coastal Resiliency Grants

On Oct. 29, the 1-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a $100 million Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. The program will fund the research and restoration of natural areas along the Atlantic Coast for improved storm resiliency. The grant program will be administered through the National Fish [...]

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Climate Change Adaptation Across the U.S.

Droughts are intensifying disputes on water claims in the western United States while other parts of the nation face the devastating effects of flooding. The Mississippi River is among the few rivers that may see fewer floods due to climate change, according to a recent research report published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The [...]

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Colorado River Named America’s Most Endangered River

American Rivers recently released a list of the top 10 most endangered rivers in the U.S. At the top of the list was the Colorado River, which supports more than 36 million people and sustains a variety of uses, from farming to recreation to habitat for endangered wildlife. Due to drought and increasing demand, the [...]

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