Texas is a state that fails to adequately consider how climate change will affect future natural disasters. Every three years, states are required to submit hazard mitigation plans to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Hazard mitigation plans identify a...continued→
Rob Moore, Senior Policy Analyst, Chicago
I’ve spent my entire career in environmental advocacy, primarily focused on policy making in the states of Illinois, Vermont, and New York. Now at NRDC I’m part of a team who are identifying and addressing the water-related impacts that result from our rapidly warming climate.
My interest in environmental issues began while serving in the Illinois National Guard. In the summer of 1993 my unit was activated to respond to a 500-year flood on the Mississippi River. Since then the Mississippi has seen a number of major floods, as well as water levels so low in 2012 that barge traffic was halted. Major disturbances like these and the frequency with which they occur are hallmarks of our rapidly changing climate.
Now at NRDC I’m part of team that’s highlighting the need to make our nation’s water resources, and the communities that depend upon them, more resilient and sustainable in the face of climate change.
Illinois has recently received approval of its “2013 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan” (2013 Plan) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This document is the state’s disaster preparedness plan, which estimates the future risk of events like floods, droughts, and...continued→
Posted November 2, 2013 by Rob Moore
The President issued an Executive Order on climate preparedness, directing federal agencies to begin identifying and removing barriers to actions that would, “increase the Nation’s resilience to climate change while ensuring continued protection of public health and the environment.” Agencies...continued→
This is part of a series of NRDC posts around the 1-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and a list of our top ten Post-Sandy recommendations. _______ When Hurricane Sandy came ashore nearly one year ago, it exposed some of the...continued→
Posted October 16, 2013 by Rob Moore
Unfortunately, most states rely almost exclusively on historical data to estimate the frequency and severity of future natural disasters when planning for future natural disasters. But as our climate warms, we can no longer assume that our past experience is...continued→
Posted September 9, 2013 by Rob Moore
Below is a digest of some recent news stories that highlight the relationship between climate change and impacts on our nation's water resources. Please scroll to the bottom and look over the collection of recent Switchboard posts from members of...continued→
Posted September 6, 2013 by Rob Moore
Climate scientists are usually quick to point out that it is exceedingly difficult to link a specific weather event to climate change. Now, a new major study finds a distinct connection between man-made rapidly warming climate and a handful of...continued→
On Monday President Obama’s administration released its Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy, a 69-point plan that could serve as the template for post-disaster rebuilding efforts in the future and might also serve as a national template for climate preparedness. Perhaps the...continued→
Posted August 16, 2013 by Rob Moore
This is the second in a short series on the National Flood Insurance Program, some of its failings, and how it might better support preparations for our climate future. A version of this post appeared on LiveScience.com. On July 6,...continued→
Posted August 9, 2013 by Rob Moore
The EPA recently signed off on a $1.6 billion settlement to repair Miami-Dade County’s sewer infrastructure, including rebuilding the county’s oldest and largest sewage treatment plants. This is a settlement to EPA’s federal enforcement action to address Miami-Dade’s long record...continued→
This is the first in a short series where I’ll take a look at the National Flood Insurance Program, some of its failings, and how it might better support preparations for our climate future. As we look towards a future...continued→
The past two weeks did not bring good news to Lake Erie and Ohio’s shores. Our Testing the Waters report last week showed the beaches along Lake Erie were the most contaminated in the nation last year. Now this week,...continued→
Posted June 19, 2013 by Rob Moore
Last week the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a study that told us what a lot of us already knew…that climate change will bring an increased risk of flooding due to sea level rise and heavy rainfall. But for...continued→
Posted June 7, 2013 by Rob Moore
Oklahoma has received more than its share of tragic extreme weather in the last month, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families who have lost loved ones. Tornados have caused enormous damage and loss of life...continued→
The beginning of June is upon us. Cookouts, plans for summer vacations, high school and college graduations are all on our mind. But did you know the start of June marks the official beginning of hurricane season? Yes, June 1st...continued→
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