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Climate Science Special Report - 4th National Climate Assessment, Volume I

Climate Science Special Report - 4th National Climate Assessment, Volume I

November 3, 2017

The Climate Science Special Report is Volume I of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). This technical document is the physical science foundation for the assessment, providing an updated analysis of climate change effects across the U.S. The National Climate Assessments are congressionally mandated to assess and inform the nation about the impacts of climate change. The third National Climate Assessment was released in 2014, and NCA4 builds upon this analysis with updated detail. 

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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Climate Access

Climate Access

Climate Access is a nonprofit organization building political and public support for climate solutions through their learning network of climate leaders, pilot engagement projects and strategic services. They translate research into easy to use tips and tools on climate engagement; track and share best practices; promote problem solving, run a learning network for more than 3,000 members from nonprofits, government, academia and community based organizations; develop and pilot new engagement models; and provide technical services to help organizations implement effective engagement strategies. The Climate Access network membership is free and offers access to member-only resources and discussions.

 
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Climate Science Special Report - 4th National Climate Assessment, Volume I

November 3, 2017

The Climate Science Special Report is Volume I of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). This technical document is the physical science foundation for the assessment, providing an updated analysis of climate change effects across the U.S. The National Climate Assessments are congressionally mandated to assess and inform the nation about the impacts of climate change. The third National Climate Assessment was released in 2014, and NCA4 builds upon this analysis with updated detail. 

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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Climate Adaptation in the Agricultural Sector: Lessons from Vermont

November 2, 2017

This report from the Georgetown Climate Center describes climate-smart agricultural practices and efforts states can take to help farms prepare for climate change impacts. The report also includes a case study of how the State of Vermont supported adaptation in the agricultural sector after Hurricane Irene in 2011, which may be helpful to states and communities recovering from recent storms. The report was authored by Deborah Markowitz, former Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author: Deb Markowitz

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Resilient Atlanta - Actions to Build an Equitable Future

November 2, 2017

The City of Atlanta, Georgia released its comprehensive urban resilience strategy, "Resilient Atlanta: Actions to Build a More Equitable Future- which offers a set of visions, targets, and actions that address social equity and climate change adaptation. The strategy was developed to support the prevention of, and resilience to, extreme climate events such as major floods or heat waves, and long-term chronic stresses such as income inequality, lack of affordable housing, and the effects of climate change.

Related Organizations: City of Atlanta, Georgia

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Post Hurricane Sandy Transportation Resilience Study in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

October 2017

The Federal Highway Administration led a Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Study to inform ways to improve resilience of the tri-state New York - New Jersey - Connecticut region's transportation system and to inform disaster recovery efforts. The study, which began in 2013 and was completed in late 2017, involved a detailed assessment of the impacts and disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy as well as from several other extreme weather events occurring in the area in 2011, and analyzed vulnerability and risk to the tri-state transportation system at three different scales: regional (entire study area), subarea (corridor/small network), and facility. By scaling the assessments to different levels, the study aims to inform the integration of climate change and extreme weather considerations into processes ranging from regional planning down to facility engineering and design. In addition to applying lessons from Sandy and other northeast disaster events, the study leveraged findings from a 2011 FHWA-sponsored vulnerability assessment pilot project completed in New Jersey.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) , New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), Greater Bridgeport, Connecticut Regional Council, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA)

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Alaska Order 289: Climate Change Strategy, Climate Action Leadership Team

October 31, 2017

Alaska Governor Bill Walker issued an administrative order establishing an Alaska Climate Change Strategy, and a Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team to advise on adaptation, mitigation, and other actions to help safeguard Alaska from climate impacts. The order aims to build on previous efforts and recommendations of the state relating to climate policy.

Related Organizations: State of Alaska

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The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change

October 30, 2017

The Lancet Countdown is an international, multidisciplinary research collaboration that has developed indicators to track the progress of climate change mitigation and adaptation in terms of public health globally. The analysis provides an assessment of the health effects of climate change, the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and the health implications of these actions on populations worldwide. In 2016 the Lancet Countdown proposed a set of potential indicators to be monitored, and coordinated a global analysis to define this conclusive set of indicators for 2017. The overall findings are that although progress in mitigating climate change has been historically slow, the past 5 years have seen an accelerated response, creating unprecedented opportunities for public health.

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Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning: Agency Roles and Workforce Development Needs

October 2017

Produced by researchers at the Transportation Research Center at University of Vermont, this report focuses on the capacity and needs of transportation agencies to engage in climate resilience and adaptation planning. In particular, the report points to workforce development needs that transportation agencies surveyed identified, and recommends ways to address these gaps so as to better advance adaptation and resilience planning at transportation agencies.

Related Organizations: National Center for Sustainable Transportation

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U.S. GAO report: Climate Change - Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure (GAO-17-720)

October 24, 2017

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has analyzed the current and long-term aggregate economic impacts of climate change on the U.S., the methods utilized for climate economic impact assessments, and the accuracy of modeling these projections. GAO investigated the financial risks to the federal government, and this report also provides information about how these economic impacts could inform efforts to manage climate risks across the federal government. Ultimately, GAO concludes that “the federal government has not undertaken strategic, government-wide planning to manage climate risks, using the best available information, including information on the potential economic effects of climate change, to identify and assess significant risks.”

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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Detroit, Michigan Climate Action Plan

October 24. 2017

The Detroit Action Plan provides an accessible introduction to climate change, an overview of the expected trends and impacts in Detroit, and strategies for mitigating emissions and preparing for climate risks. In 2011, the nonprofit Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice convened the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative (DCAC) that brought 27 organizations together to collectively envision the strategy presented in this plan.

Related Organizations: Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, Detroit Climate Action Collaborative

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed

2017

This analysis assesses the current conditions and projected trends for the Narragansett Bay, a watershed that spans Rhode Island and Massachusetts and is home to 1.95 million people. The research is the culmination of multiple years of study by universities, organizations, federal partners, and agencies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The results are presented in a shorter summary document and a 500-page technical report. In addition to other stressors including water quality and pollution, urbanization, and changes to habitats, the researchers look at the impacts of climate change now and in the future. They find that climate change has already impacted the Bay, and that trend is likely to become more rapid going forward.

Related Organizations: Narragansett Bay Estuary Program

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