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4th National Climate Assessment, Volume I: Climate Science Special Report

November 3, 2017

The Climate Science Special Report is Volume I of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). This technical document is the physical science foundation for the assessment, providing an updated analysis of climate change effects across the U. S. The National Climate Assessments are congressionally mandated to assess and inform the nation about the impacts of climate change. The third National Climate Assessment was released in 2014, and NCA4 builds upon this analysis with updated detail.

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

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Adaptation Strategies for Resilient Cleanup Remedies: A Guide for Cleanup Project Managers to Increase the Resilience of Toxic Cleanup Sites to the Impacts from Climate Change

November 2017

The State of Washington Department of Ecology Toxic Cleanup Program (TCP) has assessed the vulnerability of toxic cleanup sites to climate change impacts, and offers guidance in this report to site managers on these risks.  The guide supports the development of site level climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation strategies for any stage of a cleanup - including site investigations; remedy selection, design, and implementation; and operation and maintenance.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Ecology

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Post Hurricane Sandy Transportation Resilience Study in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

October 2017

The Federal Highway Administration led a Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Study to inform ways to improve resilience of the tri-state New York - New Jersey - Connecticut region's transportation system and to inform disaster recovery efforts. The study, which began in 2013 and was completed in late 2017, involved a detailed assessment of the impacts and disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy as well as from several other extreme weather events occurring in the area in 2011, and analyzed vulnerability and risk to the tri-state transportation system at three different scales: regional (entire study area), subarea (corridor/small network), and facility.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) , New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), Greater Bridgeport, Connecticut Regional Council, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA)

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The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change

October 30, 2017

The Lancet Countdown is an international, multidisciplinary research collaboration that has developed indicators to track the progress of climate change mitigation and adaptation in terms of public health globally. The analysis provides an assessment of the health effects of climate change, the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and the health implications of these actions on populations worldwide. In 2016 the Lancet Countdown proposed a set of potential indicators to be monitored, and coordinated a global analysis to define this conclusive set of indicators for 2017.

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U.S. GAO report: Climate Change - Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure (GAO-17-720)

October 24, 2017

The U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has analyzed the current and long-term aggregate economic impacts of climate change on the U. S. , the methods utilized for climate economic impact assessments, and the accuracy of modeling these projections. GAO investigated the financial risks to the federal government, and this report also provides information about how these economic impacts could inform efforts to manage climate risks across the federal government. Ultimately, GAO concludes that “the federal government has not undertaken strategic, government-wide planning to manage climate risks, using the best available information, including information on the potential economic effects of climate change, to identify and assess significant risks.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed

2017

This analysis assesses the current conditions and projected trends for the Narragansett Bay, a watershed that spans Rhode Island and Massachusetts and is home to 1. 95 million people. The research is the culmination of multiple years of study by universities, organizations, federal partners, and agencies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The results are presented in a shorter summary document and a 500-page technical report. In addition to other stressors including water quality and pollution, urbanization, and changes to habitats, the researchers look at the impacts of climate change now and in the future.

Related Organizations: Narragansett Bay Estuary Program

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NYSERDA - Population Vulnerability to Climate Change in New York State

October 2017

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) identified current and future vulnerability to extreme heat across New York State, focusing on community and individual health risk factors.  A heat-vulnerability index was developed, and a heat-health impact assessment was conducted using ClimAID climate projections.  The study included an assessment of the adequacy and accessibility of cooling centers, and the public’s awareness of cooling centers and heat warning systems or adaptation resources across New York.

Related Organizations: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

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Montana Climate Assessment 2017

September 2017

The Montana Climate Assessment (MCA) reports on climate change trends and in Montana, and climate impacts on three focal sectors of water, forests, and agriculture. The assessment concludes with an analysis of major knowledge gaps, related to the climate impacts identified for the three sectors. 

Related Organizations: University of Montana, Montana State University

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A Risk Assessment of California Key Source Watershed Infrastructure

August 16, 2017

This comprehensive assessment of five key watersheds in northeastern California, details the climate risks and watershed restoration and conservation activities needed to improve the long-term quality and security of the state’s water supply. Following California AB 2480 which defined source watersheds as integral to the state’s water infrastructure and therefore eligible for repair and maintenance funding, this report lays out a framework for restoring and maintaining resilient watersheds.

Related Organizations: Pacific Forest Trust

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Flooding Threatens Public Schools Across the Country: Infrastructure analysis evaluates county-level flood risk

August 2017

From the Pew Charitable Trusts and ICF, this analysis of flooding risk was conducted for public elementary and secondary schools in all 50 states. Three county-level indicators were developed to assess flooding risk including: a school’s location within a designated flood zone, the percentage of a school’s neighborhood (as represented by ZIP code) located within a flood zone, and the number of historical flood-related federal disaster declarations in that county.

Related Organizations: Pew Charitable Trusts, ICF International

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