Regardless of who or what is causing Climate Change, Obama Administration moving forward to mitigate its effects

Regardless of what you think about Global Warming or Climate Change, there’s no denying it has definitely been warmer this Winter.

What little snow we received this year quickly melted away, but we managed to capture a few shots of the event near the Washington D.C. office of IX Power Foundation.

 Today and tomorrow at the D.C.-area office of the IX Power Foundation, temperatures are expected to soar into the high 60’s.

The forest out the back door of the IX Power Foundation office.

It appears Spring is springing, and Winter has wafted away.  (We should still remain vigilant. We could get pummeled in February or March by a rogue storm.)  But, all in all, its been a freakishly warm winter in the U.S.

So how does the apparent change affect us and what is anybody proposing we do to prepare for it?  

Well, in the United States, we are beginning to get more serious about it. On Jan. 19, the Obama administration released a draft of a plan to coordinate responses to global warming across the country.  It’s called the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, and while the United States has no national strategy for curtailing its contributions to climate change, it does now have a partial strategy for responding to its effects.

The flowering plants seem quite confused! Should we try to bloom? When we do bloom during the Winter we get hit with an overnight dusting of ice or snow ...

The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is a call to action — a framework for steps that can be taken over the next five to 10 years based on climate change projections for the next century. It is designed to be a key part of the nation’s larger response to a changing climate, and to guide responsible actions by natural resource managers is a comprehensive, multi-partner response to the threat of climate change in the United States.

You can see the snow we did get in the Greater Washington, D.C. area was greatly reduced from that of year's past ...

It involves decision-makers at all levels of government: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the New York Division of Fish, Wildlife, & Marine Resources (representing state fish and wildlife agencies.) The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is also providing support.  

The "Big" snow of the 2011 - 2012 season thus far in the Virginia, Maryland, D.C. area may be the harbinger of things to come ... Are we headed to drought conditions?

 The Strategy is being developed with input from a wide variety of federal, state, and tribal representatives, along with active engagement and input from non-government organizations, industry groups, and private landowners. To learn more, visit: http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/index.php 

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