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GAO highlights climate change risks

 

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Government ‘not well-positioned’ to handle climate change risks

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY  — Slowly but inexorably, the very guts of the U.S. government are acknowledging the risks of climate change, most recently demonstrated when the Government Accountability Office said the federal government must do a better job managing climate risk to limit the government’s fiscal exposure.

The changes to GAO’s High Risk List were part of the agency’s biennial update to its list of federal programs and operations at “high risk” for waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement or needing broad-based transformation.

The GAO found that climate change “poses significant financial risks to the federal government infrastructure.” Other areas of government spending that will be affected by climate change include the National Flood Insurance Program and emergency response programs.

The GAO added this area because the federal government is not well positioned to address the fiscal exposure presented by climate change and needs a government-wide strategic approach with strong leadership to manage related risks.

In a related addition, the GAO also pointed out potential gaps in environmental satellite data beginning as early as 2014 and lasting as long as 53 months. That raises concerns that future weather forecasts and warnings, including those for hurricanes, storm surges, and floods, will be less accurate and timely.

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7 Responses

  1. It’s 2013 – why does your graph end at 2005?

  2. How come the graph stops at 2005? Where are the last 8 years?

  3. The Truth is that recent years have been cooler, as measured by globally orbiting satellites. (And accurate enough to measure moonshine’s heating effect on the dark side of the earth, ie, reflected sunshine). And the last decade, as measured by all-time US record high temperatures by state.

    YOU need to re-think the devotionals to your earth religion, Bob. (YOU may be an old reporter; I’m just an environmental scientist who deals with a lot of ambiguous data sets,) Just sayin’.

    • My reporter’s skepticism is reserved for people who identify themselves as “environmental scientists” but hide behind fake names and email addresses and post misleading comments.

  4. Oh. And as someone who has extensively studied the 1930s dust bowl era – and as a westerner, you ought to have too – do YOU really believe that recent decades are hotter than the 1930s? The raw temp data does not affirm this – only the “improved,” ie, adjusted data (ie, older temps lowered, more recent raised) like the above, shows that!

    Where is your reporter’s skepticism? Oh. Lost in your religion, obviously.

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