White House Announces New Climate Data Initiative
Washington Post : “The White House launched an initiative Wednesday aimed at expanding the use of climate data nationwide, to help communities cope with the impacts of global warming .”
“The effort includes making federal data more accessible through climate.data.gov and launching a design competition to demonstrate the extent to which Americans are vulnerable to coastal flooding . The administration also is releasing new federal map data to depict which parts of the nation’s infrastructure are vulnerable to climate change.”
“But the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity … said the idea is part of an effort to justify stricter regulations based on the prospect of harmful climate impact. While the data initiative will come out of agencies’ existing budgets, the group said the administration is already spending too much on infrastructure in the name of climate readiness.”
Crossposted at Wonk Wire.