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Minnesota Climate and Health Profile Report

February 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Climate and Health Profile Report 2015, “An Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the Health & Well-Being of Minnesotans,” provides a comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts and potential health implications for the state. In addition to describing climate trends and projections, the report identifies datasets and the data gaps that could affect the development of quantitative measures of health outcomes. The report concludes with a brief discussion of next steps required for an effective response to the identified public health climate hazards.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Department of Health

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Tehama County, California Preliminary Resiliency Framework: Forest and Water Resources

February 2015

In 2014, the Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP), Climate Solutions University (CSU), and the Resource Conservation District of Tehama County (RCDTC) worked together to create a climate adaptation framework for the forest and water systems in Tehama County, California. The RCDTC took the local leadership role to engage with CSU’s Forest and Water Strategies program to initiate the discussion of local climate resilience. The framework addresses specific climate risks based on local environmental and socio-economic conditions, and provides detailed guidance and strategies for adaptive planning.

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Presidential Executive Order 13690 - Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input

January 30, 2015

President Obama's Executive Order 13690 directs federal agencies to adopt new flood risk reduction standards for the siting, design, and construction of federally funded projects. The new rules will ensure that flooding from climate change will be taken into account in the development of federal projects and are expected to save taxpayers money in the long run by reducing federal disaster assistance spending following extreme weather events.

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

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NAACP Equity in Building Resilience in Adaptation Planning

January 26, 2015

From the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), this report contains a list of equity based indicators that are measures of vulnerability and resilience to climate change impacts. The indicators were developed for both pre-existing vulnerabilities and assets, as well as for processes and results of resiliency planning. The aim of this resource is for city planners, community organizations, elected officials, and other decision-makers to consider these equity based indicators as they design climate adaptation plans.

Related Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

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Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change and Economic Risk in the U.S.

January 23, 2015

From the Risky Business Project, “Heat in the Heartland” details how extreme heat from unmitigated climate change could transform the Midwest's communities and economy. This assessment defines the range of potential economic consequences on agriculture and businesses, as well as discusses the related impacts on labor productivity, livestock, energy use, public health, crime, fresh water supply and tourism. The report concludes that the most severe risks can still be avoided through early investments in resilience and immediate action to mitigate global warming.

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Recommendations of the Build America Investment Initiative Interagency Working Group

January 16, 2015

In July 2014 President Obama launched the Build America Investment Initiative to increase infrastructure investment and spur economic growth.  In January 2015, as part of that Initiative, the U. S. Treasury Department and Department of Transportation have issued a set of Recommendations of the Build America Investment Initiative Interagency Working Group, with a focus on expanding public-private collaboration in U. S. infrastructure development and financing. Some of the priority strategic opportunities addressed in the report include increasing infrastructure resilience where new infrastructure investments present opportunities to “increase the nation’s climate preparedness and ecosystem resilience by incorporating projected future climate conditions into their placement and design.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of the Treasury

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Boston Greenovate Plan

January 15, 2015

The 2014 Boston Greenovate Climate Action Plan describes Boston’s progress towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, and preparing for the impacts of climate change. There is a marked focus on adaptive strategies and solutions and less emphasis on climate impacts, across five sections of the Plan: Neighborhoods, Large Buildings and Institutions, Transportation, Climate Preparedness, and 80x50 (Boston’s 80 percent by 2050 GHG reduction goal). 

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts

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DOE Ultrascale Visualization Climate Data Analysis Tool (UV-CDAT)

January 14, 2015

UV-CDAT is a powerful and complete front-end to a rich set of visual-data exploration and analysis capabilities well suited for climate-data analysis problems. This project seeks to advance climate science by fulfilling computational and diagnostic/visualization capabilities needed for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) climate research.

Related Organizations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission: Volume 1 - Report and Recommendations (Draft)

January 7, 2015

This draft report issued in January 2015 presents the work, findings, and recommendations of the Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission. Organized into two volumes, Volume 1 contains the body of the report with seven chapters and appendices and Volume 2 contains the technical reports of the Commission’s three Working Groups of Science and Technology, Legal and Regulatory, and Erosion Impacts.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Content Guidelines

January 2015

The U. S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) issued revised guidelines in 2015 that outline the federal requirements and guidance for writing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS).  The CEDS guidelines now require regional economic development agencies to consider how climate change will affect economic development and to include strategies for increasing economic resilience. The guidelines acknowledge that a region’s long-term economic resilience will be defined by its ability to quickly recover from economic shocks and that climate change will increasingly cause economic disruptions.

Related Organizations: Economic Development Administration

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