White House Climate Change Adaptation Task Force Schedules Series of Public Outreach Meetings
The White House Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force is holding a series of meetings to "hear local and regional ideas, questions and concerns about climate change impacts and to describe Federal planning efforts already underway." Two (in Florida and Oregon) already have occurred, one is today (9 July 2010) in Hawaii; and two are upcoming in Chicago, Illinois (15 July) and in Denver, Colorado (19 July).
The White House Council on Environmental Quality provides the following background:
In 2009, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration initiated the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, which includes representatives from more than 20 Federal Agencies. When the President signed the Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, on October 5, 2009, he called on the Task Force to develop, within one year, Federal recommendations for adapting to climate change impacts both domestically and internationally.
On March 16, 2010, the Task Force released an interim report which outlines progress to date and recommends key components to include in a national strategy on climate change adaptation.
Meetings that already have been held include...
Oregon Regional Meeting: June 6, 2010 – Portland
Florida Regional Meeting: June 23, 2010 - Miami
Today's meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii:
Two upcoming meetings...
Thursday, July 15
Media availability at 12:30 p.m. and public outreach meeting at 1 p.m.
Note: Please allow up to 30 minutes to get through security at the Metcalfe Federal Building.
Room 325, Metcalf Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL
** Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality
** Ronald Sims, Deputy Secretary of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
** Robert Verchick, Deputy Associate Administrator of the Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;
** Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
** John Balbus, Senior Adviser for Public Health at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Organized by the United States Department of Agriculture and co-hosted by the American Farmland Trust and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Go here For more information, agenda updates, and to RSVP.
Monday, July 19, 2010; 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel Denver
3203 Quebec Street
Denver, Colorado 80207
Live webcasts of the events will be available online.
Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. Led by White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and including more than 20 Federal Agencies.
Progress Report of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force [PDF]. Report (16 March 2010) from the Executive Office of the President. See also Obama Administration Officials Release Progress Report on Work of Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, press release (16 March 2010) from the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Group Calls Upon Federal Government to Lead U.S. Preparations for Climate Change Impacts . WWF Climate Change Blog, 30 April 2009.
Climate Change Preparedness. Section of Climate Science Watch blog dedicated to climate change preparedness issues.
Pew Center on Global Climate Change Calls For Federal Leadership on Climate Adaptation. Press release (30 May 2010) from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.
Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership [PDF]. By Joel B. Smith, Jason M. Vogel, Terri L. Cruce, Stephen Seidel, and Heather A. Holsinger. Published April 2010 by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. 46 p.
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation. Congressional briefing (8 January 2010) sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The American Geophysical Union (AGU), The American Meteorological Society (AMS), The Ecological Society of America (ESA), and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Videos of the presentations also are available.
How you can help: The Senate is set to debate and vote on a climate & energy bill in the final weeks of July or early August (2010). Call your Senators and ask them to vote YES on a climate & energy bill that limits fossil fuel pollution.
Online WWF Resources Regarding U.S. Climate & Energy Policy
- U.S. Federal Policy section, WWF blog
- Act For Our Future
- What does the Spill have to do with a Climate Bill?