The Obama administration is taking action to help state and local governments prepare for climate change and natural disasters.
The federal government will expand its efforts to help states and local governments prepare for natural disasters and climate change, under a series of actions announced by the White House July 16.
The measures include awarding utilities in eight states a total of $236 million to improve rural electrical grids; providing drought assistance to parched communities in the West; and expanding disaster relief to include projects that would help minimize damage from future events.
President Barack Obama announced the actions as he met for the fourth and final time with a 26-member task force of state, tribal and local officials studying resilience.
While no state is ruled out of the possibility of experiencing an earthquake, 42 states have a “reasonable chance” of having damaging ground shaking from an earthquake, according to recently updated information from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The agency’s research also determined that 16 states — those that have experienced a magnitude 6.0 earthquake or larger — have a “relatively high likelihood” of having a damaging quake in the future.
Designed to break the cycle of disaster, rather than repeat it, mitigation can not only help save lives, protect property, and reduce losses, it can also help individuals, communities, and regions recover more quickly after a disaster.(via designing4disaster)
A private equity firm is selling environmental credits to developers in an effort to fund the restoration of the Louisiana wetlands, the New York Times reports. The company, Ecosystem Investment Partners, hopes it can make a profit while doing the work required under the 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, the Times sys.
Mitigation is more demanding than simply rebuilding, it requires rethinking.(via designing4disaster)