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Climate Desk

2012

The Climate Desk is an online public journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact - human, environmental, economic, political - of a changing climate. The partners are The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, The Guardian, Grist, Mother Jones, Slate, Wired, and PBS’s public-affairs show Need To Know.  Current climate change headlines and latest research from each of the partners is updated daily.  

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Extreme Weather, Climate, and Preparedness in the American Mind

March 2012

This research was conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (4C). The report presents the results of a national survey, quantifying the observations and experiences of weather, perspectives on global warming's relatedness to extreme weather events, the level of preparedness for such events, and whether or not the individual uses local weather forecasts. The nationally representative survey was conducted from March 12, 2012 to March 30, 2012, with a total of 1,008 Adults (over 18 years old) interviewed.

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

Authors or Affiliated Users: Anthony Leiserowitz, Ed Maibach, Ed Maibach, Jay D. Hmielowski

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Community Resilience Toolkit 2.0

October 2012

The Community Resilience Toolkit 2.0 is a collection of online tools to help users understand local impacts of the climate and energy crisis in their region and what they can do about them. Created by Rooted in Resilience, the tools are designed for individuals, community and nonprofit groups, classrooms, businesses, and municipal planners.  The toolkit is comprised of four different documents. Each of these outline activities, and step-by-step instructions.

Related Organizations: Rooted in Resilience

Author or Affiliated User: Kirsten Schwind

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Climate Communication and Engagement Efforts: The Landscape of Approaches and Strategies

2012

The Resource Innovation Group’s Social Capital Project and Climate Access identified climate communication framing approaches and a variety of theories of social and behavioral change most prevalent in climate change communications and public engagement initiatives. The project researched the main categories of organizations working on climate communication and behavior change projects, the key frames, and focal strategies being pursued by these initiatives.

Related Organizations: The Resource Innovation Group, Climate Access

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cara Pike, Meredith Herr, David Minkow, Bob Doppelt, Kristin Hyde

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International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association Forum on Super Storm Sandy: Adaptation and Resilience

January 2013

The International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) hosted a workshop in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy where agency officials shared strategies for operations and emergency management during extreme weather events. At the “Forum on Super Storm Sandy: Adaptation and Resilience” (Forum), agency officials who had been on the front lines of the response and recovery effort discussed lessons-learned with one another and with Florida state officials. The Forum was designed to engage transportation and tolling officials in “building adaptive solutions to climate change.

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Mapping Our Future: A Work Plan for Public Engagement and Equity in Climate Adaptation Planning in the San Francisco Bay Area

February 2013

This report presents a work plan for regional agencies to partner with community groups on climate adaptation, and support local governments in doing so as well. It also provides parallel recommendations for funders and community groups.

Related Organizations: Bay Localize, Rooted in Resilience, The Kresge Foundation

Author or Affiliated User: Kirsten Schwind

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Climate Survivor Workbook

April 2013

This guide is a compilation of activities and resources that were developed and piloted by the Pacific Institute at community meetings, events, and workshops. These activities can be replicated by others to engage a diverse and wide-rage of people in climate adaptation planning. The guide addresses the following topics: What is Climate Change. How does climate change affect us. What can we do to prepare. How can we create more resilient communities. The activities include objectives, directions, prompts, possible modifications, an appendix of pre-designed materials, additional resources, and questions for further discussion.

Related Organizations: Pacific Institute, Oakland Climate Action Coalition

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ariana de Leña, Catalina Garzón, Seth Mullendore

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EPA Webcast Series on Climate Change Adaptation for State and Local Governments

May 1, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series assists local governments as they explore topics related to local government climate change and clean energy efforts. These monthly webcasts highlight EPA resources available to local governments and present examples of successful climate and energy programs and policies implemented locally. Presentations, recordings, and other supplemental materials are available sorted by topic or sorted by date.

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

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Stormwater Management Toolkit: Urban Watershed Planning Game

June 1, 2013

As part of the Stormwater Management Toolkit, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) developed the Urban Watershed Planning Game. This game helps the SFPUC understand community priorities by presenting a diverse group of community members with the task of updating San Francisco’s sewer system. The game fosters the development of green infrastructure solutions that help San Francisco adapt to the impacts of climate change in a financially feasible, community driven manner.  This game is a great resource for city planners, watershed managers, public engagement officers, and citizens.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

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The White House Blog: State-by-State Reports on Climate Impacts

June 26, 2013

The White House website provides detailed updates on President Obama's climate change action plan, while the White House Blog offers more of an insider's view to the President's whereabouts, with additional informative resources.   Along with an informal review of the new climate action plan, links are provided for state-by-state reports, where each state is represented by a briefing on current and anticipated climate impacts. Each state report details the impacts of extreme weather and pollution, the anticipated climate impacts of the related region, and examples of reducing carbon pollution and increasing climate resilience within each state.

Related Organizations: The White House

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