In the FY 2018 budget submitted to Congress, program funding for Regional Climate Centers (RCC) was reduced by 82%. This reduction would mean RCCs would be unable to collect weather and climate data or maintain an active website. Unless contract funding is restored by Congressional action, the RCCs will be forced to close all service operations on March 6, 2018.
Please contact your congressperson and urge them to help restore RCC funding! You can let them know that many organizations, including Mass Audubon, and municipalities rely heavily on RCCs’ data for climate change programming as well as mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Our closest RCC, the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, helps determine how precipitation thresholds are changing in our region and provides monthly temperature maps.
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