Our Climate is Doing What?

    Our Climate is Doing What?

    As climate change becomes increasingly apparent to more and more communities, there is growing interest in planning for this new reality – often called climate change adaptation planning. Like many forms of community planning, climate change adaptation planning requires decision-makers to envision the future of their communities and make well-grounded assumptions about environmental, economic, demographic, and cultural trends that may affect that vision. Climate data and information is necessary for building these assumptions, and many climate change adaptation guides point to the necessity of identifying climate change trends and impacts.

    The U.S. Agency for International Development recommends that planners “identify climate and non-climate stressors” that are likely to interfere with development goals (U.S. Agency for International Development, 2014). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests that individuals, communities, and enterprises who are managing natural resources should identify their climate change stressors as a first step in climate change adaptation planning (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2014). A planning handbook developed specifically for municipalities begins with the advice to “collect and review important climate information” (Climate Impacts Group, 2007).  Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will soon require counties to consider climate change-related hazards when updating their Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans, which are required in order to be eligible to receive certain federal funds. Read more.

    This article was published in the Western Rural Development Center’s Rural Connections Spring 2017

    Published on: May 17, 2017

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