The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) struggles to catch up on recognizing the realities of climate change.
For example, the agency may only provide funding assistance torebuild infrastructure damaged by extreme weather if it’s rebuilt exactly as it was—not bigger and stronger in order to prepare for worse weather in the future. (Al Jazeera) QUOTE OF THE DAY "Whether traversing through deep-water ports, over winding railroads or in the back of a long-haul truck, consumer products travel across the world before reaching the shelves of local markets in Lincoln and throughout Nebraska. Transportation fuels our economy," write Transportation Secretary Foxx and Sen. Den Fischer (R-Neb.) WHAT’S TRENDING Prevention and response – The EPA begins an internal and external investigation into thecontamination of the Animas River in Colorado, specifically what caused it and how it could have been prevented. (The Hill) Constitutional claim – Kids from many states representing “future generations” yesterday sued the federal government in Oregon for inaction on climate change. (MSNBC) 17 states – Filing a legal challenge, 17 states claim the EPA has unjustly invalidated their air quality protection plans. (Atlanta Journal Constitution).