All Resources on the Economics of Adaptation

This tab includes all resources on the economics of adaptation in the Adaptation Clearinghouse, including plans addressing economic impacts and reports describing the economic benefits of adaptation actions. Filter this list by sector or impact.

 

 

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Adaptation for Agriculture and the Food System to Climate Change: Policy Issues

February 2010

This policy brief provides an overview of the potential impacts of climate change on the U.S. agriculture and food sectors, and then addresses the policy implications of these findings. This brief summarizes the findings of a longer report on the potential impacts of climate change and the potential for the U.S. agricultural sector to adapt to climate change (also by John Antle for Resources for the Future in 2009).  

Author or Affiliated User: John M. Antle

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People and Nature Adapting to a Changing Climate: Charting Maine's Course

February 2010

In this report called for by the Maine Legislature, the state puts forth options for responding to the impacts of climate change.  The plan relies on the 2009 impact assessment report entitled Maine’s Climate Future: An Initial Assessment developed by the University of Maine.  The Department of Environmental Protection developed this plan through a stakeholder-based process to evaluate options and actions available to state businesses and people to prepare for “the most likely” impacts of climate change.

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The Impacts of Climate Change on Connecticut Agriculture, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Public Health

April 2010

In accordance with Section 7 of Public Act 08-09, the Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change formed an Adaptation Subcommittee to assess the impacts of climate change in Connecticut on the following areas: (1) infrastructure, including buildings, roads, railroads, airports, dams, reservoirs, and sewage treatment and water filtration facilities; (2) natural resources and ecological habitats, including coastal and inland wetlands, forests and rivers; (3) public health; and (4) agriculture.

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A Summary of the Alaskan Marine Arctic Conservation Action Plan

April 2010

The Alaska chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has developed a Conservation Action Plan (CAP) using TNC's CAP methodology.   The plan covers coastal, nearshore, and marine environments of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas - including pelagic and benthic habitats, the continental shelf and ocean basins, lagoons and marshes, islands, and the shoreline - within the Exclusive Economic Zone of Alaska. Climate change and its effects are identified as the primary threats to natural resources of ecological and cultural importance in the region.

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U.S. Strategic Interests in the Arctic: An Assessment of Current Challenges and New Opportunities for Cooperation

April 2010

The effects of climate change in the Arctic Circle have the potential to transform the region into a commercial hub, raising environmental concerns and other complex challenges having direct implications for U.S. national security.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Heather A. Conley, Jamie Kraut

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Chicago, Illinois Climate Action Plan Progress Report, 2008-2009: The First Two Years

2010

In 2009, 16 City of Chicago departments and sister agencies developed their individualized climate action work plans. In total, more than 450 initiatives with a direct benefit toward the goals of the Chicago Climate Action Plan were identified and are being coordinated and tracked on a quarterly basis.

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Vulnerability and Climate Change in the U.S. Southeast

Oxfam America is funding programs in Louisiana and elsewhere in the Southeastern U.S. to help those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change to adapt and be better prepared. The goal of this project is to bring a fuller understanding of social vulnerabilities due to climate change in the U.S. southeast region to the public through a multidisciplinary examination of risks, hazards, and disaster.

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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New Jersey Clean Energy Program Efficiency Retrofitting

2010

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) is a financial incentive system created by the state legislature to encourage energy efficiency retrofitting and promote the use of renewable energy. CMC Energy is a private firm specializing in improving energy efficiency, and became a contracting partner of NJCEP’s Direct Install program. Through this program, CMC works directly with a participating business or public entity to assess areas for improved energy efficiency, and implement modern technical solutions to reduce energy costs. NJCEP pays for 70% of the total retrofitting costs directly to the entity, reducing the total project time to an average of 90 days from the initial appointment. High Bridge Elementary School, in High Bridge, NJ, participated in the Direct Install program and is realizing an annual energy savings of approximately $22,000. The total cost of the installation was $135,109, of which $94,576 was provided directly to the school. The school thus contributed only $40,532, estimated to be paid off in 1.8 years given the school’s energy savings. Future energy savings will be used for further improvements, such as a new roof. In 2019, to promote equity, NJCEP increased its funding to 80% of the retrofitting costs for facilities: within an Urban Enterprise Zone, within an Opportunity Zone, owned by local governments, containing K-12 public schools, or designated as affordable housing. Under the newer scheme, the High Bridge Elementary pay period would be shortened to 1.23 years, freeing up reduced energy savings faster.

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Ocean Acidification: A National Strategy to Meet the Challenges of a Changing Ocean

2010

Evidence suggests ocean acidification will have negative effects on corals, shellfish, and other marine life, with wide-ranging consequences for ecosystems, fisheries, and tourism. This report, requested by Congress, reviews the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, the chemistry of seawater, and the physiology of marine organisms. The report reviews the current state of knowledge and identifies gaps in understanding, and provides scientific advice to help guide the national ocean acidification research program.

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Maryland Update to the Governor and General Assembly

January 2010

The report summarizes implementation progress of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change policy recommendations as identified in the state's 2008 Climate Action Plan. The Climate Action Plan contains 19 policy recommendations that focus on climate change adaptation, primarily for sea-level rise and coastal storm surge -  from both the Mitigation Working Group's (MWG) and the Adaptation Response Working Groups' (ARWG). For each of the recommendations brief updates are provided, including any institutional, regulatory or legislative actions.

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