Policy Reforms That Save Money and Prepare Communities for Climate Change

Weathering Change The recent Mississippi River floods have shown us how profoundly vulnerable we are to extreme weather. The record rains have drowned crops, inundated homes, and ground economic activity to a halt in many places. They’ve created agonizing choices that involve choosing which homes will be ruined and which will be saved. This is… Read more »

State of Preparedness: Wisconsin

Earlier this year, a number of states released plans detailing how they are preparing for climate change. I have reviewed efforts by Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington so far. Today we’ll look at Wisconsin’s adaptation planning effort. Wisconsin’s plan is exceptionally detailed and thorough. It is divided into five main impact areas: Water resources Natural… Read more »

Is there a Connection – Hurricanes and Climate Change?

Satellite photo of Hurricane Sandy on October 29th | NASA GOES project As reports of the devastation from Sandy the “Frankenstorm” continue to come in, and the staggeringly expensive recovery gets under way, I find myself thinking about hurricanes and climate change. While we can’t connect one specific event like Hurricane Sandy to climate change,… Read more »

Water Management Could Become Game of Hardball

Cataract Canyon, Canyonlands National Park © Kyler Carpenter As drought continues to loom over much of the Colorado River Basin reservoir capacities are at critically low levels. With the upcoming year not looking at all well for water users in the basin the questions will turn very quickly to how we will manage this resource through… Read more »

April Showers Bring May…

This post is part of a blog series for Getting Climate Smart, a joint effort by NRDC and American Rivers to guide state action on climate and water preparedness. Please join us for a one-hour webinar on May 14 at 3pm EDT, where we’ll provide highlights from our new guide, and state officials from California… Read more »

Lake Mead Close to the Critical 1075 Elevation

When Lake Mead drops to 1,075ft elevation, The Bureau of Reclamation may reduce water deliveries to Arizona and Nevada. Action and funding is needed now to protect the health of the Colorado River and the Southwest Economy. (Denver) – The 15 year drought gripping the southwestern United States will soon signal increased urgency about the… Read more »