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08DEC
2016
Report: White House Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience: Opportunities to enhance the Nation's resilience to climate change
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

Climate change affects every community and economic sector in the United States. Increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, increases in the intensity and frequency of certain extreme weather events, changing precipitation patterns, and other impacts are affecting people throughout the Nation. Higher temperatures and more frequent and intense heat waves drive up energy costs; raise the risk of heat-related illness; and threaten crops, fisheries, recreation, and the reliability of water and food supplies. Sea level rise threatens coastlines and ports and can fuel higher storm surge.

The Obama Administration’s work to build climate resilience forms the foundation for future opportunities. The interagency Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience (Resilience Council) coordinates this work across Federal agencies. The Resilience Council has worked with state, local, and tribal leaders, community organizations, academic institutions, philanthropic organizations, and the private sector to advance climate science and support on-the-ground decisions. To build upon and sustain this work, the Resilience Council identified a set of key opportunities using the expertise and experience within Federal agencies and the perspectives of numerous stakeholders. These opportunities will guide sustained and coordinated action among Federal agencies and empower stakeholders to work with them on a shared resilience agenda.

The Resilience Council developed these opportunities using the following principles, which should continue to guide actions for climate resilience:

  •   Climate resilience should incorporate meaningful community engagement, fair and equitable outcomes, and targeted investments for communities that are often overlooked;
  •   Climate resilience should be coordinated among multiple stakeholders—including all levels of government, academic institutions, companies, and nonprofits—through partnerships, shared knowledge and resources, and coordinated strategies;
  •   Climate resilience should be mainstreamed into everyday decision making; and
  •   Climate resilience should be a factor in fiscally responsible investments.

 

The 17 opportunities are grouped into three themes. They are complementary to one another and, collectively, will help build climate resilience throughout the Nation. 

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