US (TFC)— The US Department Of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced an online resource for climate shift information. Joining a broader network, it’s intended to educate the general public on climate change adaptive strategies.
Released by the Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC), the online resource also connects land managers and environmental decision makers. Described as “interactive”, the resource details climate adaptive endeavors sought by the USDA Forest Service, USDA Climate Hubs, and other agencies.
“Natural resource managers”, reads a USDA blog, “are already observing changes in their forests and range-lands.” Such changes manifest unprecedented challenges for land managers, from flooding to droughts. This ranges from bone gripping drought in California, to intense southern and east coast tropical storms.
These go onto further destabilize oftentimes fragile ecosystems, leading to massive die-offs. CCRC seeks to remedy ignorance of these pressing, complicated issues.
According to USDA’s blog, the resource allows one “to control their learning experience”. It also allows land managers to explore “outside links”, learning what colleagues may be developing.
CCRC’s program is formatted in education modules lasting 15 minutes or so. They range from breaking down climate science basics, to how the phenomenon affects America. Upon completion of the modules, a “personalized certificate” is provided.
Though movement in this direction is encouraging, CCRC isn’t bulletproof. It appears designed primarily for those in the forestry field, whether researchers or land surveyors. While valuable, how applicable to the general public is this system? Perhaps more concerning, what effect–if any–will the new presidential exchange of hands have? Will climate adaptation and study continue?
Republican president-elect Donald Trump has provided mixed answers regarding his stance on climate change. A day after Trump talked climate with New York Times reporters, FactCheck.org analyzed his responses. The interview took place on November 22nd, 2016, shortly following the controversial candidate’s survival of election day.
Despite claiming to have an “open mind”, FactCheck.org notes, “he went onto repeat some of the same false and misleading claims” used to reject climate science. FC outlined Trump’s inaccurate“cherry-picking” of specific dates and weather patterns, suggesting unverified trends.
With each statement suggesting an uncertainty in the severity and nature of climate change, FactCheck.org cited data by NGO’s and researchers. Among those references were the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and surveys conducted by climate researchers.
“Consensus that human activity”, among researchers–notes FactCheck.org–“is primarily responsible for global warming” is around 97%. National Geographic also published blogs concerning Trump’s seizing of governmental power. Their analysis paid particular attention to the unprecedented havoc ecosystems experience due to climate shift.
Trump’s questionable stance on climate change–and his existing business investments in fossil fuels–equates to a turbulent future. Negative climate effects, while touching the US, is much more apparent in other countries. In the current political, well, climate, is something like CCRC’s system proactive enough for the times?