In the last ten (10) years, the issue of Climate change has remained in the fore front of various conferences and discussions by various organs of the United Nations. All over the world, rural communities have to confront more complex challenges due to changing climate.
In order to alleviate the challenges faced by rural communities in the US, the Obama administration has announced plans to set-up seven ‘climate hubs’ on to lessen the harm.
According to the U .S. Department of Agriculture, the hubs will provide scientific insights to help farmers, ranchers and landowners to fight against risks related with climate change like drought, floods, pests and fires.
According to the Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack “For generations, America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners have innovated and adapted to challenges”.
The hubs will be set up in Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico. Additional sub-hubs will be located in various other states including Michigan and California.
White House officials said hubs will be supported by sub hubs within their area. The officials depict the move as one of the several actions that has been taken by President Obama on climate change. Some states in the US had been ravaged by drought and weather induced forest fires in the arid regions. Drought has proved taxing for the US economy especially from 2011 to 2013, as it had cost $50 billion.With the help of programs like the climate hubs, the Obama administration hopes to help farmers. E. P. A. will also draft regulations to curb the usage of carbon, which is main reason behind pollution.