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The Department of Agriculture asked private philanthropy to invest more in rural America. "Unfortunately, tragically," philanthropy has done less, Secretary Tom Vilsack tells the Rural Assembly. Opportunities abound in rural communities, and advocates need to be talking about them, he says.
Tom Vilsack didn’t pull out his prepared speech at his keynote address to the National Rural Assembly on Wednesday, but he had no trouble sticking to a theme.
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Rural communities are particularly vulnerable to climate change, as they are often directly linked to natural resources for their economic, social and environmental well-being. Rural communities are also essential to developing solutions to climate change, including energy, food and fiber production. Rural America’s unique vulnerability to climate change paired with the potential role it could play in addressing climate change makes it clear that climate policy should be deeply inclusive of rural concerns. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. This problem needs to be addressed – and that’s why a group of rural residents and... read more
The intent of this working document is to describe climate change concerns specific to rural communities in the United States and identify policy approaches that are supportive of on-the-ground solutions. It reflects ideas and input from Rural Climate Network member organizations and other rural organizations, leaders and experts in the U.S. This is a starting point; additional input, perspectives and policy solutions are welcomed, as are questions, inquiries and endorsements. For more information about this document or the Rural Climate Network, email Tara Ritter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"The mission of the Risky Business Project is to quantify the economic risks to the U.S. from unmitigated climate change. This follow-up report focuses on the Southeast and Texas and offers a first step toward defining the range of potential economic consequences to this specific region if we continue on our current greenhouse gas emissions pathway. Our research combines state-of-the-art climate science projections through the year 2100 (and beyond in some cases) with empirically derived estimates of the impact of projected changes in temperature and precipitation on the... read more