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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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Adaptation to Climate Change in Public Lands Management

February 2010

This issue brief recommends a number of short- and long-term changes in federal land management policy to adapt to climate change.  Policy recommendations include the use of vulnerability assessments and strategic planning, development of effective monitoring systems, implementation of adaptive management and ecosystems management, coordinated research programs, and use of public lands planning and management processes to test adaptation strategies and tactics.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joel B. Smith, William R. Travis

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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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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DOI Secretarial Order 3289 (2010)

February 2, 2010

This U. S, Department of the Interior (DOI) order, Secretarial Order No. 3289, establishes a department-wide approach for applying scientific tools to increase the understanding of climate change and to coordinate an effective response to its impacts on tribes and on the land, water, ocean, fish and wildlife, and cultural heritage resources that the Department manages. It replaces Secretarial Order No. 3226, Amendment No. 1, issued on January 16, 2009, and reinstates the provisions of Secretarial Order No.

Related Organizations: Department of the Interior (DOI): Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Aleutian & Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)

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Rhode Island Climate Risk Reduction Act of 2010

February 11, 2010

The State of Rhode Island General Assembly has amended Title 23 of the General Laws "Health and Safety" by adding Chapter 84 entitled "The Rhode Island Climate Risk Reduction Act of 2010", which was introduced on February 11, 2010. 

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

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Roadmap for Restoring Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability

March 2010

Created by the Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Working Group of the Executive Office of the President, under President Obama, this strategy document, or "roadmap," provides guidance to Working Group members to address policy, process, and legal hurdles to coastal restoration in the region. It outlines specific actions to take place over 18 months in 2010 and part of 2011 for these participating agencies. It also lays the foundation for a long-term vision to be achieved jointly with the states in the region.

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

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"Resolve, To Continue Evaluating Climate Change Adaptation Options for the State" - Maine SP0733, LD 1818

April 1, 2010

This 2010 resolution extended authorization for the climate-change planning activities of Maine's Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) stakeholder group (previously granted authority under "Resolve, To Evaluate Climate Change Adaptation Options for the State": Maine SPO 163). DEP was directed to continue to evaluate adaptation measures available to the people and businesses of Maine. DEP was required to report its progress on developing the state's adaptation plan to the joint standing committee of the Legislature with jurisdiction over natural resources matters by January 2011, with a final plan to the committee and the governor by the following year.

Related Organizations: State of Maine

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Hawaii Act 73: Environmental response, energy and food security tax

April 29, 2010

Act 73, Session Laws of Hawaii 2010, established the environmental response, energy, and food security tax, otherwise known as the barrel tax, to provide resources for addressing the effects of climate change on the state. The Act increased the per-barrel tax on petroleum products and created a fund for clean energy, agriculture, and adaptation initiatives in Hawaii.

Related Organizations: State of Hawaii

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City of Philadelphia Cool Roof Law and Building Code

May 2010

In May 2010, Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania approved legislation requiring all new construction in the city to use highly reflective roofing materials that meet or exceed Energy Star cool roof standards. The Cool Roof Law is a first step toward Philadelphia's anticipated adoption of green building standards.

Related Organizations: Department of Energy, City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Stemming the Tide: How Local Governments Can Manage Rising Flood Risks

May 2010

This case study analyzes Virginia local governments' authority to use existing land use powers to adapt to the impacts of sea-level rise and flooding. Specifically, this study looks at local authority to implement policy options identified in Virginia’s Climate Action Plan. State and local government officials in other states may find the study helpful in determining how local government land use powers in their states may be used as part of a climate adaptation plan. .

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

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