25 June 2013 President Calls for Comprehensive Climate Action Plan Posted by: Noah Matson | 1 comment | Share: Noah Matson, Vice President of Landscape Conservation & Climate Adaptation In his first major speech on climate change since being reelected, President Obama today outlined a comprehensive climate action plan to set us on course to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases, make our communities more resilient to the effects of climate change, and safeguard our wildlife and ecosystems. (c) Lindsay Kaun The President recognizes that “ecosystems are critical to our nation’s economy and the lives and health of our citizens,” and that “these natural resources can also help ameliorate the impacts of climate change, if they are properly protected.” Building on the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy that Defenders was instrumental in getting developed, the President is “directing federal agencies to identify and evaluate additional approaches to improve our natural defenses against extreme weather, protect biodiversity and conserve natural resources in the face of a changing climate, and manage our public lands and natural systems to store more carbon.” President Obama’s leadership on conserving wildlife and ecosystems in the face of climate change couldn’t come at a more urgent time – for both policy reasons and what is facing wildlife on the ground. With the release of the important National Wildlife Adaptation Strategy this spring, it has been unclear how it is going to be implemented. Now federal agencies will be specifically directed to implement this plan and launch additional efforts to safeguard wildlife and ecosystems. Wildlife and habitat are responding in real time to the effects of climate change. Last spring I told the story of how one coastal national wildlife refuge lost over 4,000 acres of marsh from the effects of increased storm surge and sea level rise. Arctic sea ice hit its lowest summer extent on record last summer, portending a scary future for polar bears that depend on this sea ice home. For some species, the best chances for survival are only with drastic reductions in greenhouse gases. The President’s climate action plan reduces carbon pollution and addresses the impacts we are already experiencing – this is exactly the type of comprehensive approach that is needed to meet this daunting challenge. One Response to “President Calls for Comprehensive Climate Action Plan” speedo June 25th, 2013 That’s a very bold n decisive step.. More grease to ya elbow Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?