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The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes

July 11, 2014

‘The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012’ describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate, and water-related disasters and highlights measures to increase resilience. The report considers the importance of historical, geo-referenced information about deaths and damages to estimate risks before the next disaster occurs. This information is intended to support practical decisions on reducing potential impacts by, for example, improved early warning systems, retrofitting critical infrastructure, or enforcing new building codes.

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CDC: Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Change - A Guide for Health Departments

July 16, 2014

This guidance document from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Climate and Health Program Technical Report Series is designed to support health departments in assessing local vulnerabilities to health hazards associated with climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Arie Ponce Manangan, Christopher K. Uejio, Shubhayu Saha, Paul J. Schramm, Gino D. Marinucci, Jeremy J. Hess, George Luber

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Federal Action to Support State, Local and Tribal Leaders as They Prepare Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change

July 16, 2014

On July 16, 2014, President Obama announced this series of new climate change initiatives from across federal agencies - based on the recommendations of the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness - to help state, local, and tribal leaders prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change by developing and rebuilding more resilient infrastructure.

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One Storm Shy of Despair: A Climate-Smart Plan for the Administration to Help Low-Income Communities

July 17, 2014

This Center for American Progress report assesses how low-income communities in the U.S. are disproportionately vulnerable to climate change effects. The report offers recommendations for policymakers to build community resilience to extreme weather events, environmental hazards, and economic security for low-income communities.

Author or Affiliated User: Cathleen Kelly

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The National Map: 3D Elevation Program (3DEP)

July 18, 2014

The Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other Federal agencies have launched a 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) partnership to develop advanced 3-dimensional mapping data of the United States. These data and related tools will be used in the areas of flood risk management, water resource planning, mitigation of coastal erosion and storm surge impacts, and identification of landslide hazards - as "an essential component of supporting action on climate resilience."

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Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014 (Washington D.C.)

July 29, 2014

Two major packages of legislation directly supporting Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s 'Sustainable DC' initiative have been adopted. The ‘Sustainable DC Act of 2012’ was signed into law January 2013, and the ‘Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014’ on July 29, 2014.

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The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

July 29, 2014

From the Executive Office of the President Council of Economic Advisers, this report examines the economic consequences of delaying the implementation of climate change mitigation policies, and in turn, demonstrates the comparative net benefits of implementing such policies without delay. 

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Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk - 2014 Update to the 2009 CA Climate Adaptation Strategy

July 31, 2014

The California Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with other state agencies, updated the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy in 2014 and again in 2018. The 2014 Safeguarding California Plan augments previously identified strategies in light of advances in climate science and risk management options.

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Designing with Water: Creative Solutions from Around the Globe

August 1, 2014

Developed by The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA) and Sasaki Associates, this report focuses on urban design solutions to sea level rise resulting from climate change. Designing with Water provides Boston-relevant case studies and innovative designs for city planners and developers to adapt to flooding and enhance urban resiliency. The report is the second in the Preparing for the Rising Tides series, which the TBHA first released in 2013, assessing the neighborhood-level sea level rise flooding risk to Boston.

Author or Affiliated User: Julie Wormser

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'Sea-Level Rise: A Slow-Moving Emergency' CA State Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy report

August 2014

The California State Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy was established in 2013 to thoroughly review the challenges ahead in addressing the impacts of sea level rise on California. The Select Committee held four hearings featuring testimony from scientists and industry leaders about potential impacts from sea level rise to the state’s economy and infrastructure. Topics included projected impacts on coastal agriculture, the fishing and aquaculture industry, tourism, ports, roads and bridges, and water and power infrastructure.

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