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An Emerging Triad: Air Pollution, Beetles, and Wildfire

Winter 2010

This 'Science Perspectives' report, from the Pacific Southwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service, discusses biochemical changes in trees stressed by drought and air pollution. Such changes may attract bark beetles, overwhelming the trees' defense mechanisms and increasing their vulnerability to disease, death and the promotion of wildfires. These forest impacts are exacerbated by climate change.  

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel McGlynn, Nancy Grulke

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Change Tree Atlas

October 26, 2010

The Climate Change Tree Atlas helps determine current and future suitable habitat and distribution of 134 tree species in the Eastern United States based on current climate and projected suitable habitat for the year 2100. The Atlas provides detailed information on environmental characteristics defining these distributions for each species, and can be used to develop large-scale projections of species responses to climate change. By taking current distributions of tree habitat in the U. S.

Related Organizations: U.S. Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Conveying the Human Implications of Climate Change: A Climate Change Communication Primer for Public Health Professionals

2011

This primer was developed to help public health professionals communicate the health implications of climate change to the public, for policy makers, and for other professionals whose work is - or will be - affected by climate change. The report addresses how to "get the message right" on the climate change implications for public health, and how to get the message out. 

Related Organizations: George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication - 4C

Authors or Affiliated Users: Edward Maibach, Matthew Nisbet, Melinda Weathers

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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EPA Fact Sheet: Climate Change Science Facts

April 2010

This document, produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), presents a basic scientific overview to help explain the significant causes and effects of climate change.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Building Green: A Success Story in Philadelphia (YouTube video)

December 20, 2010

In 2010, EPA's Office of Water produced this 11-minute video which highlights innovative efforts by green builders in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who are helping protect and restore environmental quality and beautify the city.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role Webinar Series

2010

In 2009-2010, the Association of Public Health Agencies, with funding from and in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control, hosted a year-long, six-part webinar series titled “Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role.”

Related Organizations: American Public Health Association (APHA), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) - Climate Change Collaborative, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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Climate Communications and Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners

2010

Drawing on extensive global warming, behavior change, communications research and practitioner expertise, the 'Climate Communications and Behavior Change' guide distils information into tools and recommendations that climate leaders can easily apply.   It illustrates the challenges with existing communication efforts and provides tips on how to frame and deliver outreach efforts in a way that motivates changes in thinking and behavior.   The guide also offers detailed advice and tips on how to frame global warming communications and promote behavior change in ways that resonate with a range of audience segments.

Related Organizations: The Resource Innovation Group, University of Oregon, Climate Leadership Initiative

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cara Pike, Bob Doppelt, Meredith Herr

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Building Public Support for Floodplain Management: Guidebook

February 2010

This document provides guidance to enable better communication by floodplain managers to community stakeholders in regard to changes in flooding conditions and regulations. This is a particularly challenging field because, as the authors explain, current (as of 2010) economic incentives created by the National Flood Insurance Program make mitigating hazards in flood-prone areas difficult. Consequently, the report explains how floodplain managers can better understand stakeholders' goals, explain flood hazards, provide explanations of new policies, and implement outreach and education programs.

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NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

2010

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to educate and mobilize communities to address the disproportionate impact of climate change on communities of color in the United States and around the world. NAACP explains that race - even more than class - is the number one indicator for the placement of toxic facilities in this country; while communities of color and low income communities are often the hardest hit by climate change.

Related Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

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USFWS National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) provides training opportunities for FWS staff to increase their  knowledge of climate science and climate change as they relate to resource management. NCTC also partners with others to bring field scientists and practitioners new learning opportunities in the form of on-line courses, workshops, and webinars. While some courses are specifically designed for Fish and Wildlife Service employees, most are relevant to any conservation professional.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

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