The Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the goal is to ensure that long-term conservation efforts in the selected areas in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington state and the Great Lakes region take climate change into account.
With 2014 as the warmest year on record and 14 of the 15 hottest years on record in the 21st Century, Obama said there will be stronger storms, longer droughts and more wildfires, among other implications.
In 2014, there were 526 trespasser deaths, 419 trespasser injuries, 213 suicides and 40 injuries from suicide attempts on railroad property compared with just two deaths and 128 injuries from derailments and collisions.
The Homeland Security Department announced April 2 that about $1.6 billion in grant funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, among others, is available to help improve the nation's readiness in preventing, responding to and recovering from terrorist attacks.
Congressional investigators criticized the Federal Protective Service, which is responsible for protecting nearly 9,000 federal facilities, for not effectively managing a program in which it authorizes other agencies to manage security at their facilities rather than FPS itself.
There are still 61,064 structurally compromised bridges that vehicles cross more than 214 million times daily. The most heavily traveled are on the Interstate Highway System.
Congressional investigators said the risk management standard established by the Interagency Security Committee requires agencies to use a cost-analysis methodology that considers all direct, indirect and life-cycle costs as well create performance measurements and a testing program to better help them allocate resources.
If climate change continues as predicted, rising sea levels would double Hawaii's coastal erosion by mid-century, leading to beach loss, damage to homes and infrastructure, and endangerment to critical habitats, a new study predicts.
Researchers at a U.K. university said a methodology they developed for a social housing provider, outlining the "true" business costs from the impact of climate change, is also applicable to other organizations.
Reginald Brothers, who heads the Homeland Security Department's research and development arm, took to Twitter March 1, answering questions ranging from cybersecurity and airport security to the Islamic State.