Depending on where you look, there seems to be a lot of varying opinions on climate change. One thing rings loud and clear, whether you’re pro or con, the facts speak louder than words – there IS a palpable shift in the climate as we’ve known it. Is that shift huge? No and unfortunately it doesn’t take a whole lot to see major effects.
The White House has unveiled a new website-based app, the Climate Data Initiative, to help explain the science behind climate change and draw attention to the immediacy of the threat.
This comes at a critical time, say officials. They point to the fact that in 2012, extreme weather events in the U.S. caused more than $110 billion in damages and claimed more than 300 lives. [^1]
Data from NOAA, NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Department of Defense, and other Federal agencies will be featured on climate.data.gov, a new section within data.gov that opens for business today. The first batch of climate data being made available will focus on coastal flooding and sea level rise. NOAA and NASA will also be announcing an innovation challenge calling on researchers and developers to create data-driven simulations to help plan for the future and to educate the public about the vulnerability of their own communities to sea level rise and flood events. [^2]
Links of Interest on Climate Change
The World Bank on Climate Change – yes, you read that right, it is The World Bank. I haven’t carefully reviewed this site so if you see a problem or know of anything different, contact me.
[^2]: Information provided by the WhiteHouse.gov website through an article titled – Climate Data Initiative Launches with Strong Public and Private Sector Commitments