In a conversation with the Oregon CRest grantees today, I learned about how they are creating a resilience framework for local coastal governments. The resilience framework will be based on interview data as well as two publications, How Resilient is Your Coastal Community? from USAID, and Applying Resilience Thinking, from the Stockholm Center. Those two documents have been added to the Library page.
The resilience framework will offer local governments a suite of options to maximize their resilience to coastal hazards, and serve as a road map and institutional memory in opportune moments (such as a Comprehensive Plan update).
From the Baltimore Sun:
"The U.S. Department of Interior has awarded more than $7 million to four projects in Maryland aimed at guarding Chesapeake Bay shoreline and habitat against future severe storms. The funding is part of $107 million in "coastal resilience" grants distributed among 11 states — from Massachusetts to Virginia and west to Ohio — to help protect them from the kind of damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy in 2012."
Maryland will use the funds towards green infrastructure, removing invasive species, removing a dam, and other shoreline enhancements.
From the Center for Climate Change communication:
"...Global warming and climate change are used differently and mean different things in the minds of many Americans. Scientists often prefer the term climate change for technical reasons, but should be aware that the two terms generate different interpretations among the general public and specific subgroups. [...]
It is important to note, however, that connotative meanings are dynamic and change, sometimes rapidly. It is possible that with repeated use, climate change will come to acquire similar connotative meanings as global warming, that the two will eventually become synonymous for most people, or that climate change will supplant global warming as the dominant term in public discourse. In the meantime, however, the results of these studies strongly suggest that the two terms continue to mean different things to many Americans."
Which do you prefer to use, global warming or climate change? To me, climate change seems to better encompass phenomena like ocean acidification, which is not temperature-dependent, as well as the secondary processes that result from warming, like decreased photorespiration in plants. There's a time and a place for both climate change and global warming, and it never hurts to ask what each term means to your audience.
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