Climate tool brings the bad news; advocates hope that brings good outcomes

The new Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation dashboard, unveiled by the Biden administration recently, tries to give state and local governments real-time information they need to fight climate change.

By: Ryan Knappenberger || Cronkite News 

A new online dashboard that aims to give state and local governments the real-time information they need to fight climate change paints a bleak picture for Arizona’s future, calling for more heat, more drought and more wildfires.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said it’s an important, if grim, message.

“We are spending tens of millions of dollars on climate resilience … and this tool will help me understand where are the most effective places to put these dollars,” Gallego said Thursday.

Gallego joined Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and White House officials as the Biden administration unveiled the dashboard, known as the Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation portal.

It was touted as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to help local governments “better understand current exposure to climate risks to strengthen their resilience plans,” according to a White House statement.

President Joe Biden ordered development of a dashboard on Jan. 27, 2021, just a week after taking office. White House officials on the call unveiling the dashboard called it just part of the administration’s climate agenda, along with funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, as well as several executive orders and task forces aimed at climate change.

Experts took a better-late-than-never stance on the dashboard, which they hope will help local governments better target their climate policies.

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