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Climate Change, Health and Equity: Opportunities for Action

March 2015

This report explores the ways in which climate change, health, and equity are connected, and identifies many opportunities and recommendations for climate adaptation in the public health sector. From the Public Health Institute (PHI), the report analyzes the relationships between the social determinants of health, health inequities, and climate impacts - with an eye on how vulnerable populations overall are facing greater exposure. A number of examples are given of successful projects in which communities and public health organizations are taking action on climate change, health solutions, and social equity.

Related Organizations: Public Health Institute

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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National Environmental Information Exchange Network

2015

The Environmental Information Exchange Network (EIEN) is an internet-based system used by state, tribal and territorial partners to securely share environmental and health information with one another and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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NOAA Climate Monitoring Data and Tools

2015

The Climate Monitoring website from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information provides data and products for analysis of climate trends and variability, including historical and current climate reports and analysis.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Recommendations for assessing the effects of the DOI Hurricane Sandy Mitigation and Resilience Program on ecological system and infrastructure resilience in the Northeast coastal region

June 2015

This report presents metrics for assessing the resilience of natural and artificial coastal features most affected by Hurricane Sandy along the Northeast coast - such as beaches, dunes, wetlands, and grey and green infrastructure. The focal coastal ecological and infrastructure assets identified are Department of the Interior (DOI) funded projects as implemented through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act. The report establishes a set of ecological performance metrics for detecting changes in resilience resulting from the project actions, and provides recommendations for completing an assessment of how DOI projects have affected the resilience of the Northeastern coast.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Arizona Extreme Weather, Climate and Health Profile Report

March 2015

From the Arizona State University and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) the Extreme Weather, Climate and Health Profile Report aims to address and plan for the Arizona’s climate-related health impacts. Through the report, the state initiated a climate and health adaptation planning process known as BRACE (Building Resilience Against Climate Effects), a framework developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide local health officials with a mechanism for addressing and adapting to climate-related public health effects.

Related Organizations: Arizona State University, Arizona Department of Health Services

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Options Study for Oregon

December 2014

In 2014 the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) completed a study which assessed the vulnerability of the state’s transportation infrastructure to climate change and natural disasters. The Federal Highway Administration sponsored the report as part of a its Climate Change Resilience Pilot Program which assessed climate impacts for a number of states' transportation systems, and developed feasible adaptation strategies. As part of Oregon’s case study, ODOT, whose Adaptation Work Group provided guidance throughout the process, developed new sea level rise maps, collected baseline data, and used a case study to learn from existing coastal hazard mitigation projects - all of which are detailed in the report.

Related Organizations: Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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North Carolina Sea Level Rise Assessment Report - 2015 Update

March 31, 2015

This report responds to a charge from the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) specifying that sea level rise (SLR) projections be developed for a 30- year timeframe - and to the N. C. General Assembly Session Law 2012-202 (which prevented the CRC from taking any regulatory action before July 1, 2016).  Sea level is rising along the entire coast of North Carolina, and the variation in the extent of localized sea level rise and causes of variation are described. The report describes sea level rise dynamics, the use of tide gauges, future projections of SLR in North Carolina, and how to make sense of these predictions - in an approachable fashion.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Michigan State Wildlife Action Plan (2015-2025)

2015

Michigan’s Wildlife Action Plan identifies the species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) and their habitats in Michigan. A subset of SGCN were prioritized, and the report includes “mini-plans” for the habitats of these focal species - which include critical threats, conservation actions, and the vulnerability to climate change for each species. For 2015-2025, Michigan will focus conservation efforts on these priority SGCN and key habitats with the goals established in this plan.

Related Organizations: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Resource Category: Planning

 

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ISC Regional Resilience Primer

July 2015

In this report the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) summarizes their analysis of successful regional approaches to climate adaptation planning. The report features profiles of twelve regional climate change adaptation groups across the U.S. which describe the governance structures and formation process, accomplishments, challenges, and promising practices from each.

Related Organizations: Institute for Sustainable Communities

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Virginia Accomplishments since the 2008 Climate Action Plan Release

December 2014

Prepared by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic at William and Mary School of Law, this report offers an assessment of Virginia’s climate mitigation and adaptation progress since the release of its first Climate Action Plan in 2008. The report analyzes that plan and two subsequent adaptation focused reports, finding that a lack of coordination has lead to “disjointed” efforts, and offers recommendations for more streamlined climate action moving forward.

Related Organizations: Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), College of William and Mary

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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