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Climate Adaptation and Federal Megadisaster Policy: Lessons from Katrina

February 2010

This issue brief is one in a series that results from a domestic adaptation research project conducted by Resources for the Future.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: Marc Landy

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Legal Considerations for Climate Change Impacts on Tribes’ Off-Reservation Resources

April 2011

Roughly 1. 2 million U. S. tribal members living on or near reservations are experiencing constraints on their lifestyles and economic activity due to the impacts of climate change. Forest resources are deteriorating due to invasive species, while salmon are threatened by warmer water temperatures. In the United States, the federal government has an obligation to exercise legal authorities to protect tribal lands, resources and rights. Because ecosystems and ecosystem impacts permeate jurisdictions and borders, tribal dependence on the land extends beyond on-reservation resources.

Related Organizations: University of Oregon

Authors or Affiliated Users: Teresa Jacobs, Santi Alston

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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"Stationarity Is Dead" -- Long Live Transformation: Five Principles for Climate Change Adaptation Law

2010

This Article argues for a flexible model of climate change adaptation law to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of socio-ecological systems. It provides cases of climate change impacts already having a profound impact on these systems, and makes an argument for why environmental laws and policies are not keeping up with the changes afoot.   It lays out five principles and several sub-principles for environmental regulation and natural resource management, to guide climate change adaptation law.

Related Organizations: Harvard Environmental Law Review

Author or Affiliated User: Robin Kundis Craig

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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RI Executive Climate Change Council Report - A Resilient Rhode Island: Being Practical About Climate Change

June 2014

‘A Resilient Rhode Island: Being Practical about Climate Change’ was prepared pursuant to Governor Chafee’s Executive Order 14-01, issued in February 2014, which establishes an Executive Climate Change Council for Rhode Island. The Council’s report outlines key objectives and strategies to help the state prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Executive Order: Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience

December 9, 2016

President Obama’s Executive Order establishes the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area in response to requests from the native coastal tribes in this region for the Federal Government to take action to protect the health of the marine ecosystems, while maintaining sustainable fishing and economic development opportunities. The subsistence practices of these communities, along with inter-related marine ecosystem stability are threatened by warming ocean temperatures, sea ice loss,  sea level rise, increasing maritime traffic, and oil and gas leasing.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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USDA Departmental Regulation 1070-001: Climate adaptation

Febuary 15, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in June 2015 additional steps it is taking to integrate climate change adaptation into USDA's programs and operations. Under Departmental Regulation 1070-001, the updated USDA Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation, USDA recognizes that climate stressors have consequences for food production, yields of staple crops, forests and grasslands, and in turn, affect the economic stability of individuals, communities, and the country.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative

2012

Authored by the National Academies Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters and the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy - this book focuses on how to increase the nation’s resilience to disasters. It argues that building resilience will involve a cultural shift in which disaster risk is taken more seriously, and resilience and disaster preparedness is valued at all levels of government.

Related Organizations: The National Academies

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Modernizing HUD’s Consolidated Planning Process to Narrow the Digital Divide and Increase Resilience to Natural Hazards

December 16, 2016

This final rule updates the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Consolidated Plan planning process to require states and local governments to consider two additional concepts: 1) the availability of broadband access, and 2) the vulnerability of housing occupied by low- and moderate-income households to natural hazards risks, many of which may be increasing due to climate change. Consolidated Plans are used by state and local governments receiving HUD funds to assess their affordable housing and community development needs, so that they may make place-based investment decisions.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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A Primer on Disaster and Emergency Appropriations

March 2, 2016

This issue brief from the Heritage Foundation explains three classifications of disaster and emergency spending including “regular appropriations,” “disaster designated appropriations,” and “emergency supplemental appropriations. ” The paper argues that most events should be funded through regular appropriations. Additionally, Congress should establish higher thresholds for disasters so that funding is reserved for major events. This document does not directly address climate adaptation, but this resource is included in the Clearinghouse because disaster policy will be critical to the nation's ability to respond to climate change since climate will increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and is likely to increase disaster costs.

Related Organizations: The Heritage Foundation

Author or Affiliated User: Justin Bogie

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

July 19, 2010

This report is the final set of recommendations from the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. The Task Force, a group of 24 senior federal officials led by the Council on Environmental Quality was tasked by President Obama in June 2009 with developing recommendations to enhance the nation's ability to maintain healthy, resilient, and sustainable ocean, coastal, and Great Lake resources for the benefit of present and future generations. One of the National Priority Objectives identified as a premise to the recommendations is to strengthen resiliency of coastal communities and marine and Great Lakes environments, and their abilities to adapt to climate change impacts and ocean acidification.

Related Organizations: White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Executive Office of the President of the United States

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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