Climate change presents many threats to human health including increased summertime ozone and particulate matter as temperatures rise. Increased wildfire events will also affect air quality.

Tribal Climate Adaptation

This webinar will examine a variety of approaches being undertaken and results of climate change adaptation planning among Native Communities. As impacts of climate change proceed, the ways people adapt across landscapes must reflect unique opportunities and challenges of the locations inhabited. Native Communities cognizant of the changes occurring around them can lead the way in showing how adaptation should be managed in Tribal localities. Resources at risk, resources available to address the risks, and the urgency needed to avoid the risks all vary widely across Tribal lands. The intention of this webinar is to provide examples and inspire further innovation regarding how adaptation is being addressed and accomplished in light of EPA initiatives and guidance. The key messages from the National Climate Assessment chapter on Impacts of Climate Change on Tribal, Indigenous, and Native Lands and Resources will also be discussed.

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Building Adaptive Capacity for Climate Change

Global climate is changing and this change is apparent across a wide range of observations. The climate is projected to continue to change over this century and beyond, which is expected to result in increased temperatures, unpredictable precipitation changes, expansive drought, and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. The changes will affect our energy, agriculture, land use, water supplies, ocean and marine resources and more. EPA recently released a public-review draft of its new Climate Change Adaptation Plan. Its goal is to ensure the Agency continues to fulfill its mission of protecting human health and the environment even as the climate changes. A central element of EPA’s efforts to adapt to a changing climate is to strengthen the adaptive capacity of its own staff and its partners across the country. The Agency will work with its state, tribal and local partners and will strive to ensure that to the greatest extent possible, their human health and environmental protection programs become more resilient as the climate changes. EPA’s focus on climate adaptation is part of a larger federal effort to promote a healthy and prosperous nation that is resilient to a changing climate. In this webinar participants will hear from the EPA about their Plan and partnerships, and from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community about how their plans and actions related to climate change adaptation fit into the plan, and how the plan might affect other states, tribes and communities.

Planning for Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise poses widespread and continuing threats to both natural and built environments, particularly in the southeastern United States. Coastal adaptation is complex and requires careful planning that addresses multiple risks and includes a commitment to cross-sector engagement across diverse jurisdictional authorities. Speakers in this session will describe 1) key findings from the Southeast and Caribbean Chapter of the National Climate Assessment focusing on sea level rise threats and impacts; 2) tools and resources available through EPA’s Climate Ready Estuaries program and how coastal managers can utilize this program to help develop their adaptation plans; and 3) the case study of a successful regional joint commitment – The Southeast Florida Climate Change Compact – to fostering sustainability and climate resilience – how it was started, how it is maintained and how it might apply to your region.