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Win at Adaptation

Prize for Progress Application Due TONIGHT!
Three finalists will receive a free National Adaptation Forum conference registration.

Last chance to get your work on adaptation recognized at the National Adaptation Forum. Deadline to Apply for the 2015 Prize for Progress in Adapting to Climate Change is TONIGHT (11:59pm Alaska time). 

Action in Adaptation

What does it take to motivate action on adaptation? Sometimes it can take an extreme weather event to catalyze action in a community, region, or state. In 2014, we had no shortage of those events. According to NOAA and NASA:

Adaptation by the Numbers
State of the Union Edition


18
TIMES
 "Economy" was mentioned

4
TIMES
 "Climate" was mentioned

1
TIME
 "Resilience" was mentioned
 

What We're Reading

World Economic Forum Global Risk Report
The 10th Annual Global Risk Report highlights many risks. "Failure of climate change adaptation," is one of the top risks the world faces in terms of both impact and likelihood. "Extreme weather events" - a separate category - is the second likeliest cause of global risk (behind interstate conflict). The report features some fetching charts and graphs that map the likelihood and impact of risks as well as display the interconnection of global trends and those risks. 

New Estimates of Sea Level Rise
If you've been looking at the coastal impacts of climate change, you've likely been thinking about the potential effects of sea level rise. You may even be aware that there has been a bit of a gap between the model estimates and actual measurements of sea level rise over the 20th century.
 

  • The good news: New research, reported this week in Nature, may have closed that gap and helped solidify the scientific communities understanding of what goes into sea level rise. 
  • The bad news: The research confirms the recent acceleration of the rate of sea level rise from 1993-2010 (3.0 + 0.7 millimeters per year) compared to the 20th century average (1.2 + 0.2 millimeters per year). This mean that projections of future sea level rise may need to be revised upwards as well.

Calendar

Preparing Florida for the Future: Opportunities for Resilience in Local Communities
Jan. 28 | 1:00pm EST (10:00am PST)
Participate in a conversation about tools, programs, and possible funding sources to help Florida communities prepare for the future and strengthen their resilience to disasters, sea level rise, and climate change. Presenters will include:

  • Florida Rep. Kristin Jacobs, D-Coconut Creek
  • Josh Sawislak, White House Council on Environmental Quality (invited)
  • Margo Moehring, Northeast Florida Regional Council

Land-use Management as Adaptation 
Jan. 29 | 12:00pm EST (9:00am PST)
This webinar is part of the series, Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities, presented by Antioch University New England, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This webinar addresses assessment, planning, and adaptation to not only better prepare for the next emergency, but to sustainably manage flooding, and stormwater to maintain human health and a vibrant local economy.

American Water Resources Association: 
Climate Change Adaptation Conference

Abstracts Due Feb. 2
This specialty conference is about ACTION - how we respond, build resilient systems, and influence decision makers. The actual conference is June 15-17 in New Orleans.

Firefighting and Climate Change
Feb. 3 | 2:00pm EST (11:00am PST) 
The climate has changed, have we? Randi Jandt – Alaska Fire Consortium – will talk about the evolution of Alaska firefighting practices – field and management – over the past 50 years. We are starting to be aware of the changes in climate and in Alaskan forests: is the wildfire "problem" the same one we faced a half-century ago? Have our management approaches and thinking about wildfire changed during that time? She will combine her background in land and fire management agencies with input from long-term observers to discuss which changes might be a response to changing weather, climate, & fire regimes in Alaska.

Ensuring Social Equity in Preparing for Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions 
Feb. 12 | 1:00pm EST (10:00am PST)
Climate change is impacting communities of color disproportionately. To respond to these challenges the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Climate Justice Initiative is working to educate communities to adapt to climate change. Join Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, to learn about her work on equity indicators and applications.

National Adaptation Forum
Deadlines February 28th
Early Bird Registration ends February 28. Sign up now and take advantage of discounted rates! 
Travel Support is also available to a limited number of participants, apply by February 28th.

Water in the Western United States
Free Online Course – April
Why is water at the heart of so much conflict in the American West? How have major cities and extensive agricultural systems been able to thrive despite most of the region being either a desert or semi-desert environment? How will a warming climate affect the availability and use of water in a region populated by tens of millions of people? 

This course, taught by Eric Gordon and Anne Gold combines an overview of the science behind water and climate in the Western United States with a survey of the major legal, political, and cultural issues focused on this precious resource.

In Case You Missed It...

Webinar: Cities Impacts and Adaptation Tool

University of Michigan Climate Center staff Dan Brown and Ashlee Grace will walk through how to use the newly released "Cities Impacts and Adaptation Tool," a decision-support tool that helps practitioners throughout the Great Lakes Region integrate climate information into their planning, policy and infrastructure decisions. This webinar will demonstrate how to use the tool's three unique features: a location-specific climate information report, an interactive peer networking map, and an adaptation strategy database with over 500 adaptation strategies identified.

Welcome New Members!

Julie Black
Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission
Erica Brown
Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies
Jennifer de Mooy
Delaware Div. of Energy & Climate
Kathryn Dunning
Wildlife Conservation Society
Wendy Hado
DC Department of the Environment
Laurel Hunt
Loyola Marymount University Center for Urban Resilience
Darren Long
Wildlife Conservation Society
Bob McCready
Playa Lakes Joint Venture
James McMahon
The Climate Service
John Miller
Princeton Hydro
Louise Misztal
Sky Island Alliance
Saatvika Rai
University of Kansas
Darci Schofield
Trust for Public Land
Debra Shaw
City of Deerfield Beach
Bruce Stein
National Wildlife Federation

Opportunities

Climate Change Adaptation Specialist
Foreign Agricultural Service Washington DC
Work with USAID and the Global Climate Change Office that is responsible for implementation of USAID’s Climate Change and Development Strategy, coordinating with international organizations, donors, and processes that deal with climate change and development, and for providing thought leadership to advance climate-resilient, low emissions development through USAID efforts. Duties include providing support to adaptation programs in Latin American, the Caribbean, Africa, and/or Asia.

Director – International Policy Analysis
CCAP – Washington DC
The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) is seeking a Director for its Mitigation Action Implementation Network which seeks to catalyze the development of win-win climate change mitigation and sustainable development policies in developing countries in Latin America and Asia.

Secretary, IPCC
WMO Geneva , Switzerland
Want to get involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)? Here’s your chance. Lead the implementation of the work programme and budget of the IPCC and oversee the Technical Support Units of the IPCC working groups and task forces.

Graduate Fellowship – Forest and Wildland Science
Humboldt State University
As a part of the Climate change Adaptation and Management for Biodiversity to promote Inclusion and Opportunities for Hispanic students (CAMBIO) program, the Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources at Humboldt State University seeks applications from highly-motivated students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Forestry, Watershed, and Wildland Resources 

Air Quality and Climate Change Partner
ERM – Austin and Houston
As a senior leader on this team, you will be accountable for successfully selling and consulting on air quality and climate change projects to lead a sustainable business locally, while networking with ERM's global Air Quality & Climate Change practice team to share best practices across the industry.  Positions available in Austin and Houston.

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