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Maryland Executive Order 01.01.2007.07

April 20, 2007

Signed in 2007 by Governor O'Malley, this Executive Order established a Climate Change Commission to advise the Governor on matters related to climate change, and tasked the Commission to develop a climate change "Plan of Action" to prepare for climate impacts on Maryland. The Order creates an Adaptation and Response Working Group to develop a Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Climate Change Vulnerability, to include recommended strategies for reducing the vulnerability of the State's coastal, natural and cultural resources and communities to the impacts of climate change, with an initial focus on sea level rise and coastal hazards (e.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland

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Global Climate Change and Wildlife

February 6, 2007

This 2007 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report for Congress addresses three topics: climate change effects on wildlife, the ability for wildlife to adapt to climate change, and policy implications. This high-level report identifies potential legislative implications that could result from climate change. For example, wildlife laws and management plans developed with an understanding of the life history, distribution, and habitat needs of species may warrant assessments to see if they function as desired under projected climate conditions.

Related Organizations: Congressional Research Service (CRS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Pervaze A. Sheikh; M. Lynne Corn, Jane A. Leggett, Peter Folger

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Maine Sand Dune Rules

June 8, 2006

Maine’s coastal sand dunes are resources of state significance under Maine's Natural Resources Protection Act (NRPA) (38 Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 480-A. ) To protect these coastal features, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) established these rules to provide guidance to applicants seeking permits under the NRPA for certain activities in a coastal sand dune system. DEP evaluates proposed developments with consideration of the projected impacts of sea level rise, and may impose restrictions on the density and location of development.

Related Organizations: Maine Department of Environmental Protection

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Alaska HCR 30: Created the Alaska Climate Impact Commission (2006)

May 2006

In May 2006, the Alaska Legislature adopted House Concurrent Resolution 30, creating an Alaska Climate Impact Commission. The Commission was charged with assessing the impacts and costs of climate change to Alaska and developing recommendations for preventative measures potentially implemented by Alaskan communities and governments. The eleven-member commission released its final report in March 2008. 

Related Organizations: State of Alaska

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King County (Washington) Executive Order on Land Use Strategies for Global Warming Preparedness

March 22, 2006

In March 2006, King County, Washington Executive Ron Sims issued Executive Orders on Global Warming Preparedness that directed King County to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for anticipated climate change impacts. This order requires that King County Departments employ coordinated strategies of land use to mitigate and adapt to global warming.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

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California Executive Order S-03-05 - Global warming impacts

June 1, 2005

On June 1, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Executive Order S-03-05, requiring the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to report to the Governor and the state legislature by January 2006, and every two years afterwards, on the impacts of global warming to California.

Related Organizations: California Office of the Governor

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Recommendations to the Secure Commonwealth Panel on the Issue of Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding in Coastal Virginia

September 5, 2014

From the Recurrent Flooding Sub-Panel of Virginia’s Secure Commonwealth Panel, this draft report provides recommendations on actions Virginia can take to prepare for sea level rise and increased flooding as caused by climate change. This comprehensive report also offers analysis of which tools, authorities, initiatives and resources already exist, what actions can be taken, and how to coordinate it all into a united effort to adapt to these impacts.

Related Organizations: Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Secure Commonwealth Panel

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New Frameworks for Managing Dynamic Coasts: Legal and Policy Tools for Adapting U.S. Coastal Zone Management to Climate Change

June 2008

This paper, published in the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal, identifies policy and governance reforms that could make coastal communities and ecosystems more resilient to the effects of sea level rise.

Related Organizations: Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Sandra S. Nichols, Carl Bruch

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Massachusetts EO 569: Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth

September 16, 2016

Massachusetts Executive Order 569, "Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth," directs executive agencies to develop and implement a statewide Climate Adaptation Plan, and to build a framework for each state agency and municipality in Massachusetts to assess their vulnerability to climate change. Section 3 of the Order states that the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Secretary of Public Safety are to coordinate efforts across the Commonwealth to strengthen the resilience of communities, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and to prepare for and mitigate damage from extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: State of Massachusetts

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Climate Change and "Coast Smart" Construction (Maryland Executive Order 01.01.2012.29)

December 28, 2012

On behalf of the State of Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley has signed the Executive Order (01. 01. 2012. 29) Climate Change and “Coast Smart” Construction on December 28, 2012 - a landmark initiative to increase the State’s long term resiliency to storm-related flooding and sea level rise. The Executive Order enacts a number of policy directives, including directing all State agencies to consider the risk of sea level rise, flooding and extreme weather to be taken into account in the construction or reconstruction of all state buildings and facilities - and structures to be elevated two or more feet above the 100-year base flood level.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, State of Maryland, Maryland Commission on Climate Change, Maryland Department of General Services

Author or Affiliated User: Governor Martin O'Malley

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