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Report: Support to Local Authorities (When They Are Overwhelmed)

      

domesticpreparedness.com

On 13 November 2013, DomesticPreparedness.com hosted a roundtable discussion at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Falcon Club in Colorado Springs, Colo. LTG H. Steven Blum, (Ret.) USA, led the discussion on "Support to Local Authorities (When They Are Overwhelmed)" and the readiness of local authorities to deal with the aftermath of natural and/or manmade disasters. The requirement does not change even though grant dollars are being cut.

The survey results outlined in this report highlight the need to do more to improve preparedness efforts for any natural or manmade incident. Disasters often touch everyone within an affected jurisdiction. However, as seen on 9/11 and following many other disasters over the years, they also affect many people outside the immediate impact area and even around the world.

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White House Builds Open Data Backbone for Climate Resilience

          

A sampling of maps from the new government website

greenbiz.com - by Christina DeConcini and C. Forbes Tompkins

As communities across America continue to experience increasing climate impacts in the form of rising seas, heat waves and extreme weather, local and federal leaders are starting to roll up their sleeves.

Last week, the White House unveiled the Climate Data Initiative, a project aimed at arming local leaders across the country with information they need to plan for climate impacts while building more resilience. The initiative provides a key tool for helping those at the frontlines of climate change — America’s local communities.

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NOAA - IBTrACS

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Fracking in America Kills Off Clean Energy, Leading to Higher Emissions: EIA Report

      

vancouverobserver.com - by Barry Saxifrage - March 28, 2014

America's surge in cheap fracked gas is acting like a climate change Jekyll and Hyde. In the public eye, fracked gas is being applauded for replacing climate-dirtier coal burning. But behind the scenes, it is also an efficient killer of climate-safer energy projects.

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Assumptions to the Annual Energy Outlook 2013

Report - Assumptions to the Annual Energy Outlook 2013 (210 page .PDF report)

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New Report Reveals U.S. Fisheries Killing Thousands of Protected and Endangered Species

oceana.org - March 20, 2014

(CLICK HERE - REPORT -
Wasted Catch: Unsolved Problems in U.S. Fisheries)

thedailybeast.com - by Abby Haglage - March 23, 2014

A new report by Oceana exposes nine U.S. fisheries that throw away half of what they catch, and kill dolphins, sea turtles, whales, and more in the process.

A new study released this week called Wasted Catch: Unsolved Bycatch Problems in U.S. Fisheries reveals the nine dirtiest fisheries in the United States. It’s a dirty bunch indeed, the waste between them accounting for nearly half a billion wasted seafood meals in the U.S. alone.

Culled by Oceana, the largest international organization for ocean conservation, the fisheries are ranked based on bycatch—the amount of unwanted creatures caught while commercial fishing.

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West Virginians Raise Alarm as Research Links Coal Mining to Cancer, Birth Defects

      

A home is nearly surrounded by the Hobet mountaintop-removing coal mine in Boone County, W.V.
Photo by Vivian Stockman

Recent studies suggest that coal mining affects the health of everyone who lives nearby—not just those who work in the mines.

yesmagazine.org - by Erin L. McCoy - February 26, 2014

. . . In recent years, research has drawn new links between coal mining and health problems in the areas where that mining takes place. In response, local groups are working to support further research and boost awareness of these problems. The chemical leak that left 300,000 West Virginians without water for more than a week in January, the 108,000-gallon slurry spill on Feb. 11, and another slurry spill just days ago have brought national attention to the issue. Local advocates hope that this attention, in combination with new research, will translate into a more open dialogue on the health dangers of coal mining.

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Shaping a Response to Russia Will Be a High-Stakes Test for Obama

      

President Obama, at the Andrews Air Force Base golf course in Maryland, will visit Europe this week.
(Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images / March 22, 2014)

President Obama's trip will be a plunge into American leadership in Europe after years of shifting U.S. policy away from the Old World.

latimes.com - by Kathleen Hennessey - March 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Planned as a springtime tour with a modest itinerary — affording time to chat with the pope, admire the Rembrandts and take in the Colosseum — President Obama's weeklong trip to Europe instead has become a high-stakes test of whether he can move the continent's leaders into a tougher response to Russia's annexation of Crimea.

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Why the Exxon Valdez Spill Was a Eureka Moment for Science

      

An oiled murre passes the darkened shoreline near Prince William Sound, Alaska, less than a month after the March 1989 spill.  Erik Hill/Anchorage Daily News/MCT/Landov

npr.org - by Elizabeth Shogren - March 22, 2014

On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. In a series of stories, NPR is examining the lasting social and economic impacts of the disaster, as well as the policy, regulation and scientific research that came out of it.

Twenty-five years of research following the Exxon Valdez disaster has led to some startling conclusions about the persistent effects of spilled oil.

When the tanker leaked millions of gallons of the Alaskan coast, scientists predicted major environmental damage, but they expected those effects to be short lived. Instead, they've stretched out for many years.

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Google, Microsoft, Feds Launch Climate Data Tools

      

Sea Level Rise Planning Tool

environmentalleader.com - March 20, 2014

Google, Microsoft and other companies joined the White House yesterday to launch a suite of climate data projects designed to serve businesses, governments and the public.

The Climate Data Initiative calls on the private sector to build tools using government datasets, as a number of well-known tech companies are starting to do.

In addition, more than 100 datasets, web services and tools related to coastal flooding and sea level rise are now publicly available at www.data.gov/climate.

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http://www.data.gov/climate/

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One Solution to Climate Change and Growing Healthier Food Is Right Under Our Feet

            

Photo: Associated Press

huffingtonpost.com - by Barbra Streisand - March 17, 2014

Imagine if we could quickly reduce the threat of climate change and grow healthier crops at the same time, without the sacrifice the coal and oil industry tells us are inevitable! Turns out we can, and the solution is literally right under our feet.

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CLICK HERE - U.N. Report - Trade and Environment Review 2013
Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate

CLICK HERE - Nature - Soil Carbon Storage

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