White House climate panel issues resilience report

White House climate panel issues resilience report
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A White House panel on Monday issued a report noting progress on climate change resilience activities from the federal government.

The White House’s Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience hailed new administration work on efforts to prepare for the impacts of climate change and outlined how to prepare more in the future.

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It noted, for example, three areas in which policymakers should aim their attention: the development of more “science-based tools” to outline climate change response efforts, additional support for communities that are addressing climate change on their own and a greater focus on climate work within the federal government. 

The report says the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy will launch a public-private partnership to help communities write climate change response strategies. The White House also said a group of 97 colleges and universities would begin training students in more resilient design and construction techniques. 

The White House established the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan in 2013. It consists of officials from 25 government agencies and consults with a task force made up of governors, mayors and tribal representatives from around the country.