In its ongoing effort to mitigate the impact of climate change, the White House on Wednesday announced several small steps by a range of agencies to help local officials cope with the issue.
The steps – undertaken by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and others – are designed to help local communities “withstand impacts like more extreme weather and increased flooding.” The steps come two months after the National Climate Assessment detailed down to the local level all the ways that scientists say changing climate has or will affect the nation.
As an example: The American Southeast and Caribbean region is “exceptionally vulnerable” to rising sea levels, extreme heat events, hurricanes and decreased water resources, the report said. That’s a real danger to the seven major ports in that region. And residents can expect a significant increase in the number of hot days – defined as 95 degrees or above – as well as decreases in freezing events.