[ExI] U.S. cities try to adapt to climate change

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Wed Aug 17 23:19:37 UTC 2011

On 08/16/2011 12:41 PM, BillK wrote:
> U.S. cities try to adapt to climate change
> by Wendy Koch, USA TODAY       Aug 16, 2011
> Adapt to climate change? While some members of Congress debate its
> scientific validity, U.S. cities are going beyond efforts to mitigate
> climate change with lower greenhouse gas emissions. They're at the
> forefront of an emerging trend: adaptation.
> "It's a new field," says Brian Holland, director of climate programs
> at ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA. His association
> launched a Climate Resilient Communities program last year to help
> cities study effects of climate change and finance ways to adapt.
> Nearly 600 local governments, representing one-fourth of the U.S.
> population, have signed on.
> <http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2011/08/us-cities-adapt-climate-change/1>
> Financing such projects is a challenge now for local governments, but
> not all needed changes require extra cash, says David Bragdon,
> director of long-term planning and sustainability for New York City.
> "It's altering the way we're doing things," he says. "It's building
> something to fit the likely conditions of the future."
> --------------------

Hmm.  New government program offering cash grants for purpose X draws a 
lot of interest among cash-strapped communities.  News at 11.

- samantha

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