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As I read this article, my mom, who lives in St. Croix, US. Virgin Islands, was held up in bed with Dengue Fever, a virus carried by mosquitoes in tropical regions. Knowing how miserable she felt - weak, achy, feverish, and lacking an appetite with some symptoms lasting weeks - this article threw up my red flag. Evidence of the mosquito that carries Dengue is spreading north into Florida, and have been recorded in parts of California. Scientists believe the warming climate has enabled these mosquitos to migrate north. As a parent of small children, we are outside constantly, enduring countless mosquito bites during the warmer months. I realize that people have survived in the tropics for centuries amongst Dengue-carrying mosquitoes, but perhaps it’s time I invest in full-body mosquito nets.
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For all you environmentally-minded app lovers out there: The Department of Energy launched a new mobile app that helps drivers of alternative energy vehicles locate stations that provide alternative fuel. App users can search for alternative fueling stations that offer electricity, biodiesel, natural gas, ethanol, hydrogen, and propane. The app is available for the Iphone and Ipad and can be downloaded at no cost from the Apple App Store.
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I have been bummed about the articles I have seen stating that climate change will impact wine production. This article made me happy again. I guess all impacts aren’t negative. Warmer weather in Vermont’s wine country has allowed winemakers to add warmer weather varieties to their selection. I don’t usually think of Vermont as a wine state, but perhaps that may be changing in the future.
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There are two opportunities available climate change and/or adaptation projects.
1) The Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development in the Resource Conservation and Climate Change program area that respond to the focused Statements of Need (SON):
All pre-proposals are due to SERDP by Thursday, January 9, 2014. The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP web site at www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/SERDP-Solicitations.
2) The Georgetown Climate Center is seeking applications from local or state governments (or non-governmental organizations working with local or state governments) that need legal or policy support to identify and implement adaptation policies. Applications will be accepted through January 3, 2014. More information and an application are provided on Georgetown Climate Center’s website.
The President signed an executive order on November 1 to help prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change. The executive order includes the following sections: 1) Policy; 2) Modernizing Federal Programs to Support Climate Resilient Investment; 3) Managing Lands and Waters for Climate Preparedness and Resilience; 4) Providing Information, Data, and Tools for Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience; 5) Federal Agency Planning for Climate Change Related Risk; 6) Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience; 7) State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience; and 8) Definitions.
A fact sheet is also available to explain the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.
I love hearing stories about communities turning climate change - what we often think of as negative - into something advantageous. This is the case for the Keweenaw Bay Indians of Lake Superior. The tribal community has been long-time trout farmers and fishermen. Trout are a huge part of their income and culture. But as Lake Superior has been warming in recent years, the tribe has expanded their hatchery to include walleye, a highly sought fish for the lower Great Lakes. The warming waters of Lake Superior has allowed walleye to expand their habitat and increase in population in Lake Superior. This has proven to be a huge economic benefit for the tribe.
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A year after Sandy ripped through the New Jersey and New York coasts, assistant administrator Holly Bamford from NOAA’s National Ocean Service talks with Lester Holt from NBC’s Nightly News about how Sandy was the turning point for being more resilience-focused when building and rebuilding along the coast.
Living in Charleston, South Carolina I have noticed tidal flooding has been happening more frequently than it did when I first moved here 15 years ago. I have seen the impacts of sea level rise happen right before my eyes. My co-administrator of this website and I snapped the photo below of a business along the historic Charleston market as we tried to document tidal flooding. Business owners in Charleston have especially felt the impacts of this flooding. They began a campaign to make it clear to customers that the threat of climate change is real. Those who have joined the campaign place a piece of tape, a sticker, or a poster at a height of where high tide is expected to reach at the end of the century.
If you are like me and plan a trip each fall to view the brilliant colors of the changing foliage, you may be changing your vacation destination. In the future, changes to temperature and precipitation trends may cause shifts in species of certain trees, as they seek out more favorable living conditions.