First look: White House launches “climate services” push, revamps federal climate website

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The Biden administration on Tuesday posted its main climate science website, Climate.

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why it matters: In response to a mandate from President Biden to put more actionable climate intelligence in the hands of local leaders and everyday Americans, the administration defines them as “climate services.”

running news: On Tuesday, the administration made a fresh disclosure website, which publishes data showing key climate trends, along with stories written by federal scientists and contractors.

  • Unlike the climate change site at the EPA, it flew under the radar and was not taken offline under the Trump administration, although it was somewhat dormant.
  • The new site has updated data and climate visualization tools that allow users to find out how the climate is changing in their local area.

description: The White House, also through the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Said it’s moving With the new Climate Services initiative as part of a new “holistic” approach to improving Americans’ access to climate information.

  • This work is being coordinated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and FEMA.
  • NOAA on Tuesday Record $171 million also announced In grants for climate research that could translate into new forecasting tools for public use.

What are they saying: “Past federal investments in climate science have provided fundamental knowledge that allows us to understand current changes and anticipate changes to come,” said White House science advisor Eric S. Lander, NOAA administrator Richard W. Spinrad and FEMA Administrator Dean Criswell said. In OSTP Blog Statust previously provided to Nerdshala.

  • “However, the urgency of the climate crisis,” he said, “needs to do more to obtain information to enable the public and decision-makers to take action.
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Background: The move to adopt an all-government approach to climate services differs from those considered by previous presidents, including Creating a separate National Climate Service within NOAA.

  • That proposal died in Congress under President Obama.
  • Under Biden, there is an emphasis on agency-to-agency partnerships as well as private sector participation to help people make risk-informed decisions.
  • “There’s an influx of new data. How do we really make it practical, how do we make it fair and accessible to people? And I think that’s the tipping point, where we now have the opportunity to do that,” Paul Huang, FEMA’s acting associate administrator of resilience, told Nerdshala.


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