Toledo, Ohio shut off drinking water service to 500,000 people because of the presence of microcystin, a powerful neurotoxin excreted by blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria. Once again cyanobacteria have taken over much of Western Lake Erie, the source...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.
Risky Business, an organization founded by Tom Steyer, Hank Paulson, and Michael Bloomberg, three giants of the business world, released a report detailing the extraordinary risks that climate change poses to the nation’s economy and to the future business climate...continued→
A lawsuit filed in Illinois by Farmers Insurance claims that the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), the City of Chicago, and 101 other municipalities and county offices has gotten attention recently from the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, Marketplace ,...continued→
Governor Quinn of Illinois will soon receive a bill for his signature that will increase the amount of state support for green infrastructure, water efficiency, and other projects that make communities’ water infrastructure better prepared for the future impacts of...continued→
It’s time to take serious action to prepare for the impacts of climate change, so warns the newest National Climate Assessment report released today. Some of the biggest impacts will be felt along our rivers, lakes and ocean coastlines as...continued→
A new report from my colleagues at NRDC illustrates just how off-the-mark the recent debate in Congress about flood insurance has been. Our elected officials have been focusing all of their time and attention on how they can artificially keep...continued→
The Illinois State Senate unanimously passed legislation that will help make wastewater and stormwater systems better prepared for the impacts of climate change. SB 2780 will make low-interest loans, loan guarantees, and other forms of financial support available from the...continued→
It’s been a disappointing month on the National Flood Insurance front. The House and Senate passed legislation to reinstate dangerous flood insurance subsidies for certain types of properties, which the President signed into law last week. To cap it all...continued→
Later today the Obama administration will be unveiling an ambitious initiative aimed at providing federal, state, and local decision makers with the latest and greatest in high tech tools to forecast the impacts of climate change, identify at-risk infrastructure, and...continued→
Hurricane Sandy served as a wake-up call for New York and New Jersey — and the nation—to become better prepared for the impacts of climate change. And, as Sandy illustrated with fearsome efficiency, flooding is among the biggest risks the...continued→
Posted February 27, 2014 by Rob Moore
The U.S. House of Representatives was unable to bring a controversial bill to the floor on Wednesday to repeal reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program. The bill would reinstate costly subsidies for flood insurance — subsidies that encourage people...continued→
The National Flood Insurance Program(NFIP) has long been plagued with a host of problems that have diminished its effectiveness for managing the nation’s current flood risks and the future risks of flooding and sea level rise brought on by climate...continued→
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→
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→
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