US EPA Releases EnviroAtlas Ecosystem Mapping Tool

EnviroAtlasPosted: May 8, 2014

From the EPA Press Release: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released EnviroAtlas, a web-based interactive tool that integrates over 300 separate data layers, helps decision makers understand the implications of planning and policy decisions on our fragile ecosystems and the communities who depend on goods and services from these ecosystems. EnviroAtlas is designed for people from all levels of government, professionals, researchers, educators, non-governmental organizations, and anyone interested in considering the benefits or impacts of a decision, such as siting a new road or city park.

“Our health and well-being, our economy and our security depend upon healthy ecosystems,” says Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator of EPA, “By providing EnviroAtlas, which contains a wealth of information for the United States, EPA is helping to ensure that anyone making decisions that may impact ecosystems will have the best available knowledge to build prosperous communities while conserving our natural resources.””

Click on the image to view the demonstration video or click here to learn more and access the tool.

 

Pollution Prevention Coalition Makes Sustainable Improvements at the Veteran’s Services of America

Posted: April 18, 2014

The City’s Office of Sustainability, as a member of the P2 Pollution Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County, assisted with energy and water saving upgrades at the Veteran’s Services of America on April 12. Solid Waste Authority, Palm Beach County Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service, Pratt and Whitney, and FPL also particpated and assisted with futher engery efficiency upgrades, tree pruning and landscaping, clean up, and planting projects.

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e4 Climate Leadership Training

The e4 Climate Leadership Training was a great success! About 55 particpants learned more about Climate Change and Leadership. Thank you CLEO Institute!

 View short YouTube video about the event.

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Edible Water Bottles?

This edible water blob could replace plastic bottles by Bryan Nelson, Mother Nature Network

“The Ooho ‘water bottle’ is a gelatinous blob that allows you to have your bottled water (minus the plastic) and eat it too.”

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Photo: Rodrigo García González, Guillaume Couche and Pierre Paslier/Ooho

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IPCC PRESS RELEASE, 31 March 2014

wg2cover“IPCC Report: A changing climate creates pervasive risks but opportunities exist for effective responses

Responses will face challenges with high warming of the climate

“We live in an era of man-made climate change,” said Vicente Barros, Co-Chair of Working Group II. “In many cases, we are not prepared for the climate-related risks that we already face. Investments in better preparation can pay dividends both for the present and for the future.”

Adaptation to reduce the risks from a changing climate is now starting to occur, but with a stronger focus on reacting to past events than on preparing for a changing future, according to Chris Field, Co-Chair of Working Group II.”

Read full press release: IPCC Press Release 3.31.14

Access the report and other information.

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