White House launches toolkit for climate change

18 Nov 2014

In what’s proving to be a busy time for climate change announcements from the US government, it has just released a ‘Climate Resilience Toolkit’ to help cities across the country.

US President Barack Obama’s administration announced a couple of global initiatives last week, and now the White House has launched an online resource that utilises webLyzard technology. 

Developed in response to Obama’s moves to properly equip US states’ defences against known climate change effects, the toolkit “provides an online entry point for the public to access authoritative information about the impacts of climate variability and change, with tools to help people plan and prepare,” according to the White House.

The webLyzard platform powers the toolkit’s search function, designed to help visitors quickly locate the most relevant content both within the toolkit and across all the US federal government’s websites.

“The Climate Resilience Toolkit provides quick and effective ways to access online resources,” said Arno Scharl, MD of webLyzard technology.

“To enable the toolkit’s semantic search capabilities, webLyzard integrates relevant documents from regional climate centres and 13 federal US government agencies into a single knowledge repository.”

According to Reuters, these moves “come as the new Republican leadership eyes reining in executive actions in the administration’s Climate Action Plan, which includes the efforts to support cities and towns.”

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic