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New Systems of Governance Are Needed to Address Climate Change

April 22, 2020

April 22, 2020

By Academy Fellow Lynn Scarlett

In the age of coronavirus, the United States is facing many extraordinary public health and economic challenges. But we should not lose sight of another problem of hugely significant proportions—climate change.

Recognizing that climate change is a leading cause of sea level rise, precipitation pattern changes, droughts, wildfires, and high-intensity storms, the National Academy of Public Administration recently identified “Steward Natural Resources and Address Climate Change” as one of its 12 grand challenges of public administration.

It is critical that we change the way we manage natural resources to address climate change and improve community resilience.

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