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Alaska climate body hasn’t met since 2011, documents show

Alaska climate body hasn’t met since 2011, documents show

Rapid-response taskforce – set up by Sarah Palin to protect state from effects of global warming – last met in March 2011
A rapid-response taskforce, intended to protect Alaska from the worst effects of climate change, has failed to meet for two years, according to newly released documents.

The Immediate Action Work Group, which reports directly to Alaska’s governor, Sean Parnell, was charged with developing immediate response plans to future climate disasters.

However, the rapid-response team has not met since March 2011 and its supervisory body, the Sub-Cabinet on Climate Change, has gone even longer without meeting.

The sub-cabinet held its last meeting in February 2010, said Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which obtained the documents under freedom of information laws. Read more.

Suzanne Goldenberg | The Guardian | 5th February 2013

Information commissioner: Compulsory data protection audits needed

Compulsory data protection audits of councils and the NHS are needed to help eliminate “really stupid basic errors”, the Information Commissioner has said.

Christopher Graham told MPs taxpayers were losing out when public bodies were fined for mistakes in handling sensitive information.

He said “consensual” voluntary audits in some areas had proved a success.

But he said the Department for Communities and Local Government was “surprisingly opposed” to the proposal.

The watchdog currently only has the power to launch compulsory audits across central government. For all other organisations it has to secure consent before an audit can take place. Read more.

BBC | 5th February 2013

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