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Good Morning, America! The Explosive U.S. Awakening to the Need for Adaptation

May 2009

This paper provides an historical overview of the public, political, and scientific concern with adaptation in the United States. It presents the treatment of adaptation to climate change in a variety of contexts, ranging from the news media to the drafting of bills in Congress, to state and local government activities with considerable engagement of NGOs, scientists and consultants. It finds that adaptation has finally, and explosively, emerged on the political agenda as a legitimate and needed subject for debate.

Related Organizations: Susanne Moser Research and Consulting, California Energy Commission

Author or Affiliated User: Susanne C. Moser

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Climate Change Health Preparedness in Oregon

April 2009

This report describes the findings of a survey of Oregon public health workers regarding their current knowledge of, level of preparation for, and the resources and training they believe are needed to respond to the health risks associated with climate change. The report describes the present and future public health consequences of climate change, provides an analysis of surveys given to county public health departments in Oregon, and makes recommendations to improve the understanding and preparedness of public health workers for addressing the public health impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: Oregon Coalition of Local Health Officials, Climate Leadership Initiative

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stacy Vynne, Bob Doppelt

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Preparing for Climate Change: A Perspective from Local Public Health Officers in California

April 2009

This report presents the results of a survey of California's local public health officers, conducted between August and October 2007. The survey assessed health officers' concerns about the public health impacts of climate change, their familiarity with programs currently in place that could help to mitigate these health effects, and their information and resource needs to better cope with a changing climate. .

Related Organizations: Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Author or Affiliated User: Louise Bedsworth

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Integrative Collaboration on Climate and Energy (ICCE)

Launched by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in the spring of 2009, ICCE is a cross-university program creating relevant linkages across disciplines to advance basic and applied climate change research. With FAU as the lead institution, ICCE includes more than 80 faculty members in a multitude of climate change-related disciplines. Other University collaborators include University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Columbia University.

Related Organizations: University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Center for Environmental Studies, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Columbia University

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Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science - A Guide for Individuals and Communities

March 2009

From the U. S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), "The Essential Principles of Climate Science" presents important introductory information about the Earth's climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches for adapting and mitigating change. This climate science literacy guide identifies the essential principles and fundamental concepts for individuals and communities to understand the Earth’s climate system. It intends to improve the ability to make informed decisions about activities that increase vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, and to take the steps to reduce those vulnerabilities.

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

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Proceedings of the First National Expert and Stakeholder Workshop on Water Infrastructure Sustainability and Adaptation to Climate Change

January 2009

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held its First National Expert and Stakeholder Workshop on Water Infrastructure Sustainability and Adaptation to Climate Change on January 6-7, 2009, in Arlington, Virginia. Sponsored by the EPA Office of Water and Office of Research and Development, the workshop was attended by more than 130 invited experts and stakeholders from the federal, research, utility, engineering, academic, and NGO sectors. The workshop included several plenary sessions and focused on two major topics: 1) Climate Change Impacts on Hydrology and Water Resource Management, and 2) Adaptive Management and Engineering: Information and Tools.

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

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Climate and Health Program

2009

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) climate and public health framework was established in 2006, and in 2009, CDC formally established its Climate and Health Program. The mission of the Program is to lead efforts to identify vulnerable populations to climate change; to prevent and adapt to current and anticipated health impacts; and to assure that systems are in place to detect and respond to current and emerging health threats.

Related Organizations: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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Climate Change: A Serious Threat to Public Health

2009

This brief fact sheet presents the key findings and analysis from a survey of 57 state and territorial governments regarding current activities and programs designed to address the public health consequences of climate change. The survey focused on the current climate change practices, perceptions, and resource needs of state and territorial health agencies. The responses presented in this fact sheet indicate a belief among most respondents that climate change will pose serious health problems to their state or territory.

Related Organizations: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) - Climate Change Collaborative

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Building Coast-Smart Communities

Building Coast-Smart Communities is a role play product developed by the state of Maryland and funded by NOAA. It was used by the state in a summit, attended by more than 170 mayors, county commissions, environmentalists, business leaders and Maryland state officials, to discuss the State's climate change adaptation options. The half day role play quickly introduces people to the challenges faced by coastal communities and the primary options for addressing them. As such, local government authorities, planning departments, chambers of commerce, civic groups and residents associations can conduct this role play in their communities.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake and Coastal Program, Consensus Building Institute (CBI)

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Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

2009

Developed by the National Academies of Sciences, this site links to the 28 page companion illustrated booklet of the full report from the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Ecological Impacts of Climate Change.

Related Organizations: National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences

Author or Affiliated User: Javier Saborio

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