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Smart Policies for a Changing Climate: The Report and Recommendations of the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience


Climate change is a threat to people and the ecosystem services on which we depend. Extreme weather events are on the rise. Flooding, drought, and wildfires are more frequent and more severe. Higher temperatures are increasing community health risks. The changing climate is causing species dislocation and accelerating the rate of species extinction. Global agricultural systems are increasingly stressed. These early effects are harbingers of the more severe consequences that science tells us we can expect in the future if we do not act.

Even without climate change, standard development patterns and practices are putting our people and our communities at risk. Natural systems that protect shorelines are removed to make way for development. Engineered stormwater systems designed to move water rapidly off buildings and pavements disrupt natural hydrology, contribute to water pollution, and weaken or destroy marine ecosystems. "Pave the planet" development replaces natural vegetation with impervious surfaces, leaving even inland communities outside floodplains prone to flooding. Development patterns emphasizing car travel isolate communities from recreation opportunities and contribute to unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles. Taken together, these practices have made our communities and people more vulnerable and set the stage for significantly greater loss of property and life in the face of inevitable natural disasters.

The American Society of Landscape Architects' interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience identified the following core areas of focus for promoting healthy, climate-smart, and resilient communities...

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InsideClimate News's Choke Hold Series: The fossil fuel industry's fight against climate policy, science and clean energy. Click here for blog post.


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RNRF Announces Recipients of Annual Awards

RNRF is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual awards in Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Journalism.


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development's Regional Program on Transboundary Landscapes is the Recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award.

Since 2013, ICIMOD's Transboundary Landscapes program has been advocating the use of the landscape approach, which delineates areas based on shared ecosystems instead of administrative boundaries, for managing biodiversity. By facilitating cooperation based on individual ownership of shared ecosystems between countries within the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, the landscape approach fosters multi-stakeholder dialogue and analysis.


"Saving America’s Broken Prairie" is the Recipient of the Excellence in Journalism Award. 

In "Saving America's Broken Prairie," freelance journalist David J. Unger sought to determine if delicate prairie ecosystems can be preserved even as the prairie continues to feed billions of people. To answer this question, Unger went to North Dakota to record what he thought was the region's defining story: The shale oil boom and bust that has reshaped the heartland's economy and upended energy geopolitics everywhere. But he soon discovered that oil is just one part of a great transformation now underway in North America's Great Plains and Central Lowlands, the likes of which has not been seen since the Dust Bowl...

Read more at the RNRF News page here.

What's new . . .


2018 Congress on Ocean Policy on December 6, in Washington, D.C.
Registration opens mid-August.
Find out more here.


The latest edition of the Renewable Resources Journal is available as a free download

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