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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today released a report to Congress on the progress of the National Water Census, which is being developed at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to help the nation address its critical water needs.
“The Water Census will quantify water supply and demand consistently across the entire country, fill in gaps in existing data, and make that information available to anyone who needs it—and that represents a huge step forward on the path toward water sustainability,” said Anne Castle, Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Water and Science.
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Many public health impacts have been predicted for climate change, but there has been relatively little exploration of ways to minimize the risks and develop long-term adaptation strategies, according to a recent article published in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP).
A new overview outlines the critical elements needed to address one such impact: heat-related illnesses and deaths, which are expected to increase with more frequent and more intense heat waves. Read the full story on how to adapt to anticipated weather extremes on the EHP website.
Today marks the beginning of National Public Health Week (NPHW). Since 1995, communities across the United States have designated the first week of April as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.
This year's theme is "Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money." The 2013 NPHW theme was developed to highlight the value of prevention and the importance of well-supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending. Visit the National Public Health Week website to check out a calendar of events and see how you can get involved.
“The goal of this meeting was for grantees to share latest advances, as well as for participants to network with each other to build new relationships and plant the seeds for future collaborations toward solving one of the most critical public health issues facing our world,” said Caroline Dilworth, Ph.D., NIEHS health scientist administrator.
“NIEHS would like to see more meetings like this one, to translate research to scientists in other fields, to decision-makers, and to the public,” said John Balbus, M.D., NIEHS senior advisor for public health. “We need to ensure that significant research findings are integrated into public health planning, as well as ensure that researchers are addressing the topics of greatest concern.” Read the full story on the NIH website.
On April 2, the National Climate Assessment will be hosting a discussion session for attendees of the National Adaptation Forum in Denver, CO. The session will focus on using the National Climate Assessment in planning and management for adaptation. We invite all NAF attendees to join us for the session!
Climate Assessment for Adaptation: Using the National Climate Assessment in Planning and Management
Date: Tuesday, April 2 Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm Location: Denver Marriott City Center, Ballroom F
Susi Moser, Susanne Moser Research & Consulting
Jim Buizer, University of Arizona
Paul Fleming, Seattle Public Utilities
Gregg Garfin, University of Arizona
Amy Luers, Skoll Global Threats Fund
Moderated by Kathy Jacobs, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and Director, National Climate Assessment
Presentations by the director and authors of the draft Third National Climate Assessment (NCA)
Focus: ideas for supporting adaptation through sustained assessment processes
5:00 – 5:40: an overview on the NCA process and draft conclusions
5:40 – 6:30: discussion of options under consideration for the sustained assessment process, and an opportunity for input from the adaptation community
Background: An NCA report is required to be produced by the government at least every four years. The draft released on January 14 is the most comprehensive assessment of climate impacts and vulnerabilities in regions and sectors ever completed within the U.S. It includes assessments of the state of adaptation, mitigation and decision support, and suggests a vision for a sustained assessment process. The production of the report involved a major engagement effort—with explicit consideration of adaptation—by 30 author teams and a 60 member advisory committee.