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Obama's "Secret" Climate Adaptation Plan

Whether he'll talk about climate change publicly or not, the President is preparing all federal agencies for its inevitable impacts.

On March 4th, in a move surely designed to side-step Congress, Obama's Council on Environmental Quality issued instructions to all federal agencies on how to adapt to climate change. All agencies, from the Food and Drug Administration to the Department of Defense, will be required to analyze their vulnerabilities to the impacts from climate change and come up with a plan to adapt. Thousands of governmental employees will be trained on climate science, like it or not.

The changes aren't limited to just federal agencies. Countless numbers of private businesses that sell, build, provide logistics or maintenance, or anything else to the government will be forced to comply with new Federal climate adaptation guidelines—all because of Presidential Executive Order 13514.

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Egypt Is Extremely Vulnerable to Climate Changes: Could a New Government Help the Country Adapt?

Politics aside, Egypt is the one of the world's countries most vulnerable to climate change. What would adaptation efforts look like post-Mubarak?


Editor's note: Michael Cote, the author of this piece, is a climate adaptation and urban planning expert (and once-upon-a-time newspaper reporter) who I first met in Copenhagen before the COP15 climate talks. Over the past few weeks, I've been working with Cote to develop a regular feature for GOOD's environment hub on climate adaptation solutions from around the world. In the meantime, the uprising in Egypt happened, and Cote asked if he could comment. Of course he can. Be forewarned: it's awfully long. But you'll learn an incredible amount about Egypt's vulnerable position, and how the country can hope to deal with climate change. —Ben Jervey

Egypt's Climate Policy Void in a Post-Mubarak World

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