Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Climate Change

Again to save researchers time and effort, I again state that this blog is largely but not completely FEMA centric. FEMA did actually show some sparks of interest in climate change issues under President Bill Clinton and Director James Lee Witt. But todate no climatologists has ever been employed by FEMA. And only one meterologists and then only briefly. The new head of the Mitigation Division did come from NOAA but also before that the USACOE and is in fact a P.E. not a scientist.

That stated do I believe Climate Change is worthy of a full court press? Absolutely and perhaps FEMA should consider having a Chief Scientist to assist in its efforts! I do recommend a report issued in November 2007 jointly by CSIS [Center for Strategic and International Studies--long ago connected with Georgetown University and led now by John Hamre, former Deputy Secretary at DOD] and the Center for a New American Security (an organization with which I am unfamiliar.

The report seems to me to be substantive and lacks the shrillness of those on both sides of the climate change issue now feeling their oats. Copies are available from me for those who have an interest. This will be the last blog on Climate Change for me however as it requires both and interest and expertise I don't have.

The report is captioned as follows:

The Age of Consequences: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Global Climate Change. Again issued November 2007.

And friends who seem knowledgeable indicate that a 3 meter rise in sea level is possible this century and perhaps and 11 meter rise. I live in tidewater VA so glad for a few extra feet of elevation, whatever. Also 67 years old so perhaps for the next occupant to worry about that impact. Perhaps not.