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Insurance Company Climate Change Impact Disclosures

February 1, 2012

In a news release February 1, 2012, it was announced that insurance commissioners in California, New York and Washington State will require companies to disclose how they intend to respond to risks their businesses and customers face from increasingly severe storms and wildfires, rising sea levels, and other consequences of climate change.

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Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Operational Changes to Manage Extreme Snow and Ice Events

2011

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has introduced maintenance and operations procedures for snow and ice removal in cases of unusual snow events that would limit the airport’s role as one of the world’s busiest airports.   After experiencing a large snow and ice storm in 2011, DFW could not handle the snow-clearing needs to keep the airport operating at full capacity. The storm occurred right before the Super Bowl in 2011, halting the flow of thousands of visitors using the airport for travel and bringing attention to the need to better manage severe winter storms.

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Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Understanding the Link and Managing the Risk

December 2011

This white paper was provided by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), - previously the Pew Center on Global Climate Change - describing the current and future severity of extreme weather events resulting from global warming, and approaches for managing this risk.   The report prioritizes the understanding of the meaning of risk of extreme weather and how it relates to changes in the climate system as being crucial to assessing vulnerability and planning for the future.   Recent extreme weather is reviewed for the last decade, and incorporated into a description of overall climate trends.

Related Organizations: The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel G. Huber, Jay Gulledge

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Extreme Weather Events Map (1995 - 2011)

June 2011

This interactive map provided by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES - formally the Pew Center on Global Climate Change) shows where historically some of the most significant heat waves, floods, droughts, and wildfires have occurred across the United States since 1995.   The map focuses on the types of extreme weather events that are already more frequent and/or intense and the risk of which can be expected to rise in the future as a result of climate change. According to C2ES, these events impact all parts of the country and provide opportunities to learn about the potential economic and human impacts from extreme weather events and the actions needed to build resilience for the future.

Related Organizations: The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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A Climate of Extreme Weather Events: U.S. Impacts and Vulnerability

June 2011

This white paper, from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions "C2ES"), provides an easy-to-understand overview of flooding, heat waves, wildfires, and drought. Past and projected frequency, details of impacts, some location specific vulnerability and potential risks are provided for each of the four types of extreme events.

Related Organizations: The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

 

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Adapting to Extreme Events: Managing Fat Tails

May 2010

This issue brief by Resources for the Future suggests that improved management of catastrophic risks should be a part of adaptation planning at federal, state, and local levels. The report describes how actions can be incorporated into adaptation plans to reduce losses and improve the ability to insure these risks.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Carolyn Kousky, Roger Cooke

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Trends in Extreme Precipitation Events for the Northeastern United States 1948-2007

March 2010

Based on the number and frequency of extreme precipitation events since the release of their 2005 report, entitled "Indicators of Climate Change in the Northeast," the authors sought to update information for this particular indicator in the Northeast, and apply more rigorous analysis to better enable local communities to take appropriate actions.

Related Organizations: University of New Hampshire, Climate Solutions New England (CSNE), Clean Air Cool Planet (CA-CP)

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 3.3: Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate. Regions of Focus: North America, Hawaii, Caribbean, and U.S. Pacific Islands

June 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) created between 2004 and 2009 by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U.S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. This SAP assesses the state of knowledge concerning changes in weather and climate extremes in North America, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and U.S. Pacific Islands.

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

Authors or Affiliated Users: Thomas R. Karl, Gerald A. Meehl, Christopher D. Miller, Susan J. Hassol, Anne M. Waple, William L. Murray

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Florida “Sacrificial” Roads Projects

2007

Recognizing the increasing maintenance and replacement costs for coastal roads in Florida due to more frequent flooding and storm surge, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFL), assisted the National Park Service and other partners designing specific that are prone to be frequently washed out to have minimal environmental impact. Rising sea levels and coastal storms, which are projected to increase in intensity as a result of climate change, are creating more challenges for building and maintaining transportation infrastructure along coastal shorelines.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS)

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Long Beach, Mississippi Concept Plan – Oak Park

August 2006

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and significant property destruction, the city of Long Beach, MS developed a proposed comprehensive plan for the city that included a concept for a new public green space called Oak Park to buffer the downtown area from storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico.   The plan placed the park between a new roadway to the north and the coastline and Highway 90, which would be redesigned, to the south.  The plan was designed to both revitalize the town aesthetically and provide natural protection for residents from storm events.

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