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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change

The Obama Administration has issued a new Executive Order as part of its ongoing policy efforts to promote climate adaptation and build resilience. While its unlikely to transform the landscape for adaptation in the nation, it does present a few opportunities to build capacity and enhance some of the Administration's earlier initiatives. It establishes a new Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to focus on policy reform. It tasks several agencies with reporting proposed changes in land and water management policies. It contains some rather generic language on improving data coordination among federal agencies. It also tasks agencies with enhancing their current climate adaptation plans (as required under an earlier EO) - perhaps because the White House realized that the current plans are almost unanimously useless.  

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