'Climate hub' at NCSU to help rural areas adapt

Posted February 5, 2014

— Aiming to help rural communities deal with climate change, the Obama administration is creating seven regional "climate hubs" that will serve as clearinghouses for information and outreach about extreme weather across the U.S.

One of the hubs will be based at a U.S. Forest Service research station on North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus, said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

"For generations, America's farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have innovated and adapted to challenges. Today, they face a new and more complex threat in the form of a changing and shifting climate, which impacts both our nation's forests and our farmers' bottom lines," Vilsack said in a statement. "USDA's Climate Hubs are part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions, so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate."

Other Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change will be in forest service stations or government research labs in Ames, Iowa; Durham, N.H.; Fort Collins, Colo.; El Reno, Okla.; Corvallis, Ore.; and Las Cruces, N.M. Three smaller "sub-hubs" will be created in Houghton, Mich.; Davis, Calif.; and Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.

The hubs fulfill one aspect of a broader climate change plan that President Barack Obama unveiled last year.

Citing environmental changes such as longer fire seasons and intense droughts, the Agriculture Department said the hubs would help mitigate the unique implications that climate change poses for rural areas and the people who live there. The goal is to synchronize the federal government's preparation and resources with what other entities, such as universities, tribal communities and state governments, are doing to prepare for shifting temperatures.

The hubs will provide outreach and information to producers on ways to mitigate risks; public education about the risks climate change poses to agriculture, ranchlands and forests; regional climate risk and vulnerability assessments; and centers of climate forecast data and information. They will also link to a network of state and federal agencies, universities and non-governmental groups participating in climate risk adaptation and mitigation.

"This is the next step in USDA's decades of work alongside farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to keep up production in the face of challenges," Vilsack said. "If we are to be effective in managing the risks from a shifting climate, we'll need to ensure that our managers in the field and our stakeholders have the information they need to succeed. That's why we're bringing all of that information together on a regionally-appropriate basis."

The climate hub is the second major research operation the federal government has placed on Centennial Campus in recent weeks. Obama visited N.C. State last month to announce a $70 million Department of Energy grant that the university will lead to develop more efficient semiconductors.


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  • glarg Feb 7, 2014

    500 word story and there is no real indication of what is supposed to be going on with these climate "hubs".

    They are "clearinghouses" for "outreach". They will "mitigate the unique implications". They will provide "information" on "on ways to mitigate risks". And "link to a network of state and federal agencies ".

    So WHAT are they actually doing? Handing out pamphlets or something? There doesnt seem to be anything concrete or measurable here. How are supposed to know if this program is working and if it should be funded?

    Is the point of a "clearinghouse" that it is centralized? Supposing there was information that someone needed , why wouldnt they just go to a centralized store, instead of regional hubs?

    If this is really about drought policies, the Agriculture Department has already been doing that for years. And they are already local- not Regional- to the farmers and ranchers.

    So far this seems pointless.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 6, 2014

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    "Friends of science" is a group of Canadian petroleum engineers who admit that they've been funded by the oil industry. Would you like a link of it or would you like to keep pretending that this is a credible group?

  • Plenty Coups Feb 6, 2014

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    Yeah, what a list! Too bad it's a bogus list with most of the scientists that aren't actually in any field related to climatology and where a bunch have no scientific credentials at all. Please use credible sources.

  • Steve Mchugelarge Feb 6, 2014

    What else could we have wasted this money on? This pseudo-religion is getting out of control

  • veritas_one Feb 5, 2014

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  • veritas_one Feb 5, 2014

    What this amounts to is a "buy-off" by the loving Federal Govt. to NCSU. To set up a threat fusion center near the capital of NC. The threat, of course, is evil climate change where will need to adjust our use of the land, and pay our "fair share" to help the earth heal itself.

    Never forget, you never get "free-money" in this world,..there is always a price to pay.

    Guised in the loving and good intentions of the leaders to protect our biospheres we will have to fall into a whole new realm of environmental dictates that benefit the top of the pyramid and hurt the masses.

    Shame on you NCSU for selling out your campus for a new outpost of global taxation and control,...oh yeah "it will bring jobs and help our economy.." with what? Hollow paper money that means nothing? Sad.

    "helping rural areas adapt" means bring the 'necks and common folk inline with the global agenda of land control and taxation.

    PS , ..I didn't vote for Bush either.

  • Pirate01 Feb 5, 2014

    You want to help rural areas? Spend the money you are going to waste on this hub in the middle of a City in the areas you claim to be concerned with!!

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Feb 5, 2014

    "The vitriolic tone of this debate..." - logicaldude

    I haven't seen anything "vitriolic" on this thread.

    :-) Now if you could see my posts that were wisely censored by the moderators...

    Let's all just be happy that the federal government has chosen the NCSU Centennial Campus for a "Climate Change" Research Center, bringing jobs and scientists to Southwest Raleigh.

  • Hubris Feb 5, 2014

    " if wingnuts don't believe in climate change, will the climate still change?"

    The vitriolic tone of this debate reminds me of Galileo's clash with the Church over heliocentrism, but in REVERSE. Today the modern equivalent of the church is the Global Warming crowd. The persecuted dissenters are those skeptical about global warming claims. For now those skeptics are just called names. I hope the 'Warmers' don't throw the heretical "Deniers" in jail.

  • Hubris Feb 5, 2014

    "No -- what's arrogant is assuming that you are more intelligent than the overwhelming majority of credible climate scientists, all of whom agree that climate change is, in fact, occurring. "
    --- cadillacstew

    Climate change is always occurring. This issue has been so muddied that climatologists can't even agree to use one term. Is it global warming or climate change? "Climate change" could imply the planet is cooling or warming. Climate change is ambiguous and should be discarded.