Two dozen federal agencies release climate plans through 2027

Jun 21, 2024

More than 20 federal agencies released their updated Climate Action Plans to prepare for future climate impacts by adopting adaptive and resilient strategies. The updated plans align with the National Climate Resilience Framework, which helps coordinate climate resilience investments across the public and private sectors.

The plans include making federal buildings more resilient to climate change, protecting federal employees from climate hazards, and preparing for climate-related supply chain disruptions. Agencies that manage federal lands and waters announced plans to protect species, mitigate flooding, and reduce wildfire risks. The Interior Department is buffering coastal communities against flooding, improving drought resilience through watershed restoration projects, and managing wildfire risk in sagebrush ecosystems.

“From record-high average temperatures and extreme heat to changing precipitation patterns and sea-level rise, climate impacts—including disasters made worse by climate change—are affecting every corner of society and every community in America,” the White House said in a statement.

2024 state legislative debrief: Colorado

In the 2024 session, Colorado legislators made significant progress on land conservation, advancing clean energy, addressing climate change, improving air quality, and more. In a new blog post, Center for Western Priorities Policy Director summarizes conservation-related highlights from the session.

Quick hits

Two dozen federal agencies release climate plans through 2027

E&E News | The Hill | White House Briefing Room [press release]

Forest Service seeks public comment on draft guidance for old growth management on national forests

Associated Press | The Hill | E&E News | US Forest Service [press release]

A water war is looming between Mexico and the US. Neither side will win

CNN

Study: Removal of gray wolves from US West wreaked havoc on ecosystem

The Hill

New Colorado law protects Tribal lands in response to contentious Durango, Southern Ute land dispute

Colorado Sun

Wyoming County sues ranchers over threat to close off road

Cowboy State Daily

Video: A day in the life of conservation advocate Tess Hostetter

Center for American Progress

Boulder filmmaker got blessing of Navajo Nation for Native-led documentary on mountain biking

Westword

Quote of the day

These are their traditional grounds, their subsistence use areas, and really hold the history and heritage of their people. It’s so important to me, to my Tribe, to my people, that these lands are protected and that we’re being good stewards.”

—Advocate Tess Hostetter on the conservation of D-1 lands in Alaska, Center for American Progress

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Today is the Summer Solstice!

After a long winter and a colorful spring, we in the Northern Hemisphere have finally reached our maximal tilt towards the sun.

For eons, people the world over have used the natural cycles of the Earth to mark the passing of seasons and the Summer Solstice – the longest day and shortest night of the year – is often celebrated as either the beginning or mid-point of the summer season. For desert dwellers across the U.S. Southwest, it brings the hope that the monsoon season is soon to come.

How will you enjoy the solstice?

#OrganPipeCactusNationalMonument #SummerSolstice2024Featured photo: Prescribed fire in eastern Oregon, BLM Oregon