We see these natural disasters happening back to back around the globe, devastating earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes, yet a majority of the public still doesn’t take climate change as a serious issue that needs to be addressed.
According to a poll by the Pew Research Center taken last October, it was discovered that only 67% of Americans believe that global warming is really occurring. Global warming and climate change has a ton of negative effects on countries around the globe but, The United Nations International Panel on Climate Change recently reported that the people most effected by climate change are the poorest countries who will wind up having the most food and water shortages.
The Obama administration wants the public to become more aware of the realities of global warming. The easiest way for them to share this with us so that we can understand it better is by making a website geared towards global warming and climate change. On March 19th, the White house launched a new website, climate.data.gov, that shows data and important new climate change discoveries in easy, interactive digital presentations. NOAA and NASA Coastal Flooding Innovation Challenge addresses climate change issues, such as coastal flooding like from Hurricane Sandy, and tries to help the public become better equipped with the situation. The launch if the site has companies like Google and Esri, interested in becoming involved with helping provide tools for the website by creating apps and interactive data maps to make it more digestible for the average person.
The Obama administration including President Obama’s counselor, John D. Podesta, and the White House science adviser, John P. Holdren. announced a group of new regulations aimed at climate change topics. President Obama wants to take charge of his authority of acting without Congress and plan with the Environmental Protection Agency new regulations to reduce carbon emissions from coal releasing power plants.