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The U.S. Army has published the Army Climate Resilience Handbook (ACRH) for use by installation planners to assess climate risk as they write or revise a diversity of plans, including real property master plans, Integrated Natural Resource Management Plans, Installation Energy and Water Plans, and emergency management plans. The handbook is organized around a four-step, risk-informed planning process with the goal of increasing climate resilience. An integral part of the process is the on-line Army Climate Assessment Tool (ACAT). The ACAT contains information on individual installations that planners can use to determine current extreme weather and climate change effects, infrastructure, and assets that are vulnerable to these effects, and adaptation measures that can be used to increase an installation’s climate resilience.(more…)
From March 6-22, in preparation for a deployment to Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Europe are being trained to “operate and maintain multiple hybrid-power management systems.” The training is being provided by the Army’s “Rapid Equipping Force” or REF, as part of the Energy to the Edge program, and is designed to support “small tactical units operating at remote locations with suites of energy harvesting, power management and distribution systems.” These kinds of programs, the logic goes, will reduce the need for soldiers to protect dangerous fuel resupply missions, which are often the targets of attack, and will allow soldiers to better focus on the combat mission at hand. According to Col. Peter A. Newell, director of the REF:
This initiative is not just about saving-fuel…It’s about saving lives.
Thanks to Sharon E. Burke for the heads up.