Washington, D.C. — A new report from the Center for American Progress shows how the Biden administration has made progress in making more climate change data available to Americans through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Inflation Reduction Act, and administrative actions such as the release of the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation (CRMA) portal.
However, the report argues that more must be done to help support vulnerable communities mobilize, particularly as climate change is expected to cost the United States $2 trillion per year by 2100.
“Now is a crucial moment for the Biden administration to ensure climate data access when and where it is needed most, increase community resilience, enable local climate adaptation, and address inequities,” said Anne Christianson, director of International Climate Policy at CAP and co-author of the report.
The report is the third in a series on funding the administration’s climate science agenda. It makes several recommendations for the Biden administration and relevant agencies to better prepare communities for the worst impacts of climate change. These include inclusive CMRA training sessions, improving the accessibility of CMRA assets, increased funding for climate science tools and communication, and working to ensure that the communities most vulnerable to climate change can access and benefit from federal employment and volunteer service programs.
Read the report: “Access to Federal Climate Data Can Empower Communities in Adaptation and Resilience Efforts” by Cassidy Childs, Anne Christianson, and Mikyla Reta
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