On September 23, 2014, President Obama announced a new Executive Order in support of the development of climate resiliency at home and globally. In conjunction with issuing the new Executive Order, the President identified four concrete plans to be undertaken by the United States.
The new order and the related activities have significant implications not only for agencies such as USAID, but also for NOAA and other S&T agencies that provide and can help interpret climate information for decision makers.
In order to facilitate inter-agency cooperation in the implementation of the Executive Order, a Working Group on Climate-Resilient International Development has been established under the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience (the latter of which was established by EO 13653); the Working Group will be chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and the Administrator of the USAID.
You can find additional information about the Executive Order online.
Find more info about how the NOAA-funded IRI has been working on climate resilience on their website.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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