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Thursday, September 30, 2010

USGS Continues to Role Out Climate Science Centers

As of September 23, 2010, the U.S. Geologic Survey has announced the hosts of three of its eight regional climate change science centers. North Carolina State University was recently selected to host the southeast regional center, while the consortium of Oregon State University, University of Washington, and the University of Idaho will host the northwest center. The University of Alaska-Fairbanks was awarded the Alaska center earlier this month.

According to the USGS:

"Once fully instituted, the Climate Science Centers will be a “seamless network” to access the best science available to help managers in the Interior Department, states, other federal agencies, and the private and nonprofit sectors. The science agenda of each CSC will be identified through a partnership steering committee that includes Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and other federal, state, and local partners to ensure that the CSC’s work is meeting the priority needs of resource managers in each region."

Fate of the World

Think you can manage the climate change challenge? Well, now you can put your global management skills to the test. Red Redemption, Ltd has released "Fate of the World" - a global strategy game that challenges players to save the world (and humanity) through multiple environmental missions. Apparently, scientists from Oxford University contributed their knowledge to the development of the game's doom and gloom scenarios.

Red Redemption will be accepting pre-orders from October 29, 2010.

Is the UK Adapting? What about the US?

The UK's Adaptation Sub-Committee has reported that the nation still has a long journey ahead in building a society that is resilient to climate change. In its report on the status of the nation's adaptation preparedness, the committee finds that despite evidence of growing capacity and awareness, such capacity building "is not yet systematically translating into tangible action on the ground." The report identifies a range of persistent barriers to adaptation including limited access to information on climate risk, failure by institutions to account for climate risk, market and policy barriers, and low prioritization of climate on institutional agendas.

Meanwhile, a similar report by the U.S. National Climate Adaptation Summit Committee has stressed the need for the U.S. to advance a national adaptation agenda. The committee's report synthesizes the outcomes from the National Adaptation Summit held in Washington, DC in May of 2010. Interestingly, if one compares the two reports, one finds that the U.S. is primarily focused on raising awareness of the issue across U.S. agencies and stakeholders and advocating for more research regarding climate change impacts. The UK, however, appears to be already digging into the institutional barriers that hinder the actual implementation of adaptation policies, which might cause one to think that one of these nations is perhaps further along the path in orienting itself toward the adaptation challenge.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Institute for Adaptation

Various media outlets are reporting that a new non-profit institution focused on climate change adaptation is due to emerge in the Washington, DC area later this year. The aptly named Global Adaptation Institute already has a Facebook page, and it appears former World Bank executive Dr. Juan J. Daboub will be the institutes's first CEO. Beyond that, all that is known at this point about the organization is its mission statement:

"Our mission is to enhance the understanding of the world’s pressing need for adaptation to Climate Change and to provide private funding for effective projects that help developing economies adapt to the changing world."