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GAO: Defense Department officials need to assess capabilities to address chem, bio threats

The Chemical and Biological Defense Program Enterprise – comprised of 26 DoD organizations – leads the department's efforts to protect military personnel from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.

Action on global warming now could have significant benefits for US, new EPA report says

Countering global warming through greenhouse gas reduction could have significant economic, health and environmental benefits, including saving thousands of lives and avoiding billions of dollars on infrastructure maintenance and damage costs.

White House looks to bolster infrastructure resilience with new transportation and climate data

The White House hopes releasing transportation-related data will enhance the nation's resilience to extreme weather events linked to climate change, which could have a serious impact on U.S. transportation systems.

Interconnected technologies, sensors could enhance 'smart fire fighting,' new report says

The report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Fire Protection Research Foundation said technologies could provide useful information to first responders when they need it and even help with code enforcement, prevention, training, salvage and investigations.

New Lloyd's report says major global food system disruptions could trigger civil unrest

Although there's great uncertainty over the impact that climate change will have on world food production in the coming decades, the general consensus is that it will be negative.

Millions of houses in West at risk from drought-related wildfires; White House offers more relief

California ranks atop 13 wildfire-prone states with the highest number of households – a little more than two million, or 15 percent of total households – that are at high or extreme risk for wildfires. Texas is second with a little more than 700,000 households at risk.

New federal partnership seeks to improve global community resilience to climate change impacts

The Climate Services for Resilient Development public-private partnership was launched with more than $34 million in financial and in-kind contributions from the federal government and seven other institutions and governments.

Utilities' 'haphazard' regs affect electric reliability, finds Johns Hopkins analysis

In reviewing reliability standards of utilities, a paper published in the journal  Risk Analysis  found there were no national laws or regulations that mandated the acceptable frequency and duration of power outages.

FEMA responded effectively to 2014 earthquake that hit northern California, DHS IG says

That Aug. 24, 2014, earthquake, which was the strongest in a quarter century, injured more than 280 people, destroyed 18 structures and damaged nearly 2,000 more.

DHS awards final, $834M contract to complete advanced bio and agro facility

It's the third and final phase of construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, expected to cost a total of $1.25 billion. Construction is supposed to finished in 2020 with the facility becoming fully operational two years later.