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Virginia HJ 50: Flooding; Virginia Institute of Marine Science to study strategies to prevent in Tidewater localities

March 9, 2012

In March 2012, the Virginia Legislature passed House Joint Resolution No. 50, which directed the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) to study the impacts of recurrent flooding in Tidewater and Eastern Shore localities, and to identify adaptation strategies for recurrent flooding.

Related Organizations: State of Virginia, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

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Insurance Company Climate Change Impact Disclosures

February 1, 2012

In a news release February 1, 2012, it was announced that insurance commissioners in California, New York and Washington State will require companies to disclose how they intend to respond to risks their businesses and customers face from increasingly severe storms and wildfires, rising sea levels, and other consequences of climate change.

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PlanMaryland (MD 2011 Executive Order 01.01.2011.22)

December 19, 2011

PlanMaryland - "A Sustainable Growth Plan for the 21st Century," is an executive policy plan for sustainable growth that provides a framework for a collaborative process between State and local governments to address climate change and sea level rise impacts. State agencies are directed to target their resources to help achieve smart growth at the local level - supporting Maryland’s counties and municipalities to identify their growth and preservation areas to meet land use, planning and development goals.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland

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California Coastal Conservancy Climate Change Policy and Project Selection Criteria

November 10, 2011

The California Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready program focuses on protecting important coastal resources and habitats from the current and future impacts of climate change. The Conservancy is collaborating with local partners and other agencies to prepare communities along the California coast and within the San Francisco Bay for climate change. The Conservancy updated its "Climate Change Policy and Project Selection Criteria" on November 10, 2011.

Related Organizations: California State Coastal Conservancy

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Legal Options for Municipal Climate Adaptation in South Boston

August 2011

This report presents the legal options available to the the City of Boston, Massachusetts to address climate change adaptation. In support of the City's efforts to plan for the impacts of climate change, Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and its students analyzed the City’s legal authority and identified opportunities for addressing its climate vulnerabilities. In particular, this white paper focuses on examining solutions for the impacts of sea level rise and more frequent and more intense storms in Fort Point Channel and South Boston.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts, Harvard Law School

Authors or Affiliated Users: Wendy B. Jacobs, Leah R. Cohen, Jennifer McGrory

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Creation of “Adaptation Action Areas” in Florida's Community Planning Act

June 2, 2011

The 2011 Florida Legislature passed the Community Planning Act (CPA - HB 7207) making significant changes to the state’s growth management laws, including the addition of optional adaptation planning for coastal hazards and the potential impacts of sea level rise. The Adaptation Action Area (AAA), as defined in the CPA, is an optional comprehensive plan designation for areas that experience coastal flooding and that are vulnerable to the related impacts of rising sea levels for prioritizing funding for infrastructure and adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)

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Virginia SB 964 (2011): Coastal resource management; Living Shorelines; VA Marine Resources Commission, et al. to develop integrated guidance.

April 29, 2011

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) was directed by SB 964 in 2011 to develop and implement a general permit regulation that authorizes and encourages the use of living shorelines as the preferred alternative for stabilizing tidal shorelines.

Related Organizations: Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

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Climate Change Adaptation: A Collective Action Perspective on Federalism Considerations

February 1, 2011

Although an extensive literature concerning the federalism implications of climate change mitigation policy has developed, less has been written about the

Related Organizations: Environmental Law Review

Author or Affiliated User: Robert L. Glicksman

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California Ocean Protection Act (amended 2011)

January 2011

The California Ocean Protection Act (COPA) was signed into law in 2004 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, establishing the California Ocean Protection Trust Fund and the Ocean Protection Council (OPC). As amended in 2011, COPA is also a tool in assisting city governments to plan for climate change adaptation and sea level rise.

Related Organizations: California Ocean Protection Council

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General Design Principles for Resilience and Adaptive Capacity in Legal Systems: Applications to Climate Change Adaptation Law

October 20, 2010

This Article explores ways to think about designing legal instruments and institutions to be resilient and adaptive to climate change impacts - described as "massive, variable, and long-term." The article reviews resilience theory in a framework relevant to lawyers, and explores general design principles for legal systems.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Law Review

Author or Affiliated User: J.B. Ruhl

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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