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EPA Releases New Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation

July 1, 2014 - Kestrel Management

Climate change is affecting communities, livelihoods, and the environment. In response, many parts of the federal government are taking action to help Americans adapt to current and potential risks. As part of this effort, the U.S. EPA released a new policy statement on climate change adaptation on June 30, 2014, to help the nation prepare for and respond to the impacts of a changing climate.

EPA’s policy is consistent with the President’s Climate Action Plan and Executive Order 13653 on Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change. The new policy includes the following directives:

  • Modernize EPA financial assistance program to encourage climate-resilient investments
  • Provide information, tools, training, and technical support for climate change preparedness and resilience
  • Implement priority actions identified in EPA’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan and Implementation Plans
  • Focus on the most vulnerable people and places
  • Measure and evaluate performance of climate adaptation actions
  • Continue EPA planning for climate change-related risk
  • Coordinate with other federal agencies

 To read more about EPA’s Climate Change Adaptation Policy and other initiatives, please visit:  http://epa.gov/climatechange/impacts-adaptation/fed-programs.html

 

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