A new report from the Western Resource Advocates and Environmental Defense Fund asserts that a national climate and clean energy policy is necessary to sustainably maintain the West’s water—its ‘lifeline’—for future generations.
The EPA is requesting proposals from local governments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while achieving additional community benefits. Under the Climate Showcase Communities Grant Program, they will provide a total of $10 million in grants distributed to around 30 entities; approximately $500,000 will be awarded to tribal governments. This is the second year of the program.
Jonathan Overpeck and Bradley Udall summarize recent climate changes in western North America in the journal Science. They highlight that the West, particularly the Southwest, needs to prepare for even larger climate changes in the future.