The Obama Administration launched a new website on Wednesday that compiles a wide variety of tools and data sets to help communities understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change. This is one piece of the president’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan that he announced in June that puts the local impacts of climate change front and center.
This website, climate.data.gov, will ensure that key government data surrounding the issue of climate change will be widely available to the public, researchers and businesses. It will also allow geographic mapping and infrastructure mapping so you can see how extreme weather like droughts, wildfires and rising sea levels will affect your community. The hope is that this website will show the public that climate disruption is a serious and immediate threat to our way of life, and will put us on the path towards improving how communities across the country prepare for the impacts of climate change.
This website is another step in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which also includes measures to significantly reduce the amount of carbon pollution in our air. As part of the President’s plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently working on a proposal to place the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, safeguards that are so commonsense that the majority of Americans assume it’s already in place. It’s the single biggest step our government is taking to curb the carbon pollution that’s fueling the climate crisis.
President Obama’s plan comes at a time when leaders across the country are speaking out about the need to act on climate change. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, which is made up of a group of scientists, recently released a report on climate change that the New York Times described as “sharper, clearer and more accessible than perhaps anything the scientific community has put out to date.” Members of Congress are also speaking out, joining caucuses and taking to the House and Senate floors about the need to address the climate crisis. In fact, over 30 Senators last week took to the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to demand action on climate change.
We can’t afford to wait to tackle the climate crisis. Click here to see how climate change is impacting local communities today, and stand with the President and members of Congress who are working to meet the challenge of our generation.
(Photograph from President Obama's official Facebook page)