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U.S. Army Releases Climate Resilience Handbook

By Dr. Marc Kodack

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.


Weekly Wisdom: DHS On Preparing For Climate Risks and Building Resiliency

Close_up_detail_of_the_Homeland_Security_FlagThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, is leading efforts to build resilience to the risks of climate change in the United States. According to Caitlin Durkovich, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the department:

Increasingly, we’ve moved not only from a security focus to a resiliency focus.

This may be news to some who are used to seeing DHS reports on terrorism and other more traditional domestic security issues, but the department’s focus on preparing for climate risks is years in the making (see, for example, all climate-related Homeland Security documents here on our Climate Security Resource Hub). (more…)

White House Honors Veterans for Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security

Soldiers_assist_residents_displaced_by_Hurricane_Sandy_in_Hoboken,_N.J.The White House is hosting an event today honoring twelve American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from across the country as “Champions of Change” for their work in advancing clean energy and increasing climate resilience and preparedness in their communities. (more…)