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California SB 667 - Department of Water Resources: riverine and riparian stewardship improvements

October 6, 2017

SB 667 updates the California Water Code requiring the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to establish a program to implement watershed-based riverine and riparian stewardship improvements through technical and financial assistance. The program will support projects that “reduce flood risk, restore and enhance fish populations and habitat, improve water quality, achieve climate change benefits, and in general ensure resilient ecological function within areas that include, but are not limited to, urban or urbanizing areas of the state.

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Delaware Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Planning

October 9, 2017

The Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Planning (CMAP) report for Delaware was prepared by the state’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as part of a pilot project to address the risk climate change poses to public use and critical function facilities. Three pilot facilities were assessed for both their ability to maintain operations during climate change fueled weather events and at higher temperatures - including the Delaware State Parks Indian River Life Saving Station, a Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) building, and a state police facility.

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California AB 733 - Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts for Climate Adaptation

October 11, 2017

The California legislature passed AB 733 specifically authorizing the creation of enhanced infrastructure financing districts for climate change adaptation projects, and the legislation was signed into law by Governor Brown on October 11, 2017.

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Coastal Adaptation: A Framework for Governance and Funding to Address Climate Change - New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region

October 16, 2017

The Regional Planning Association (RPA) - for the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region - developed this report on coastal climate change adaptation strategies and governance - responding to climate impacts projected for the area such as sea level rise, extreme storms, and severe flooding. According to the report, more than 20% of the region’s municipalities (167) face a future of coastal flooding (either intermittent from storms or permanent from sea level rise). Along with the report, RPA is recommending a new Regional Coastal Commission to help implement adaptation solutions across state lines, produce a regional coastal adaptation plan, and “award funding from new adaptation trust funds” - among other goals.

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The State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed

2017

This analysis assesses the current conditions and projected trends for the Narragansett Bay, a watershed that spans Rhode Island and Massachusetts and is home to 1. 95 million people. The research is the culmination of multiple years of study by universities, organizations, federal partners, and agencies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The results are presented in a shorter summary document and a 500-page technical report. In addition to other stressors including water quality and pollution, urbanization, and changes to habitats, the researchers look at the impacts of climate change now and in the future.

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Adaptive Finance to Support Post-Disaster Recovery

October 2017

This report looks at the reasons for the gap between needed and available funding after disasters - and provides guidance on an adaptive approach to post-disaster financing.  This report is primarily intended for those stakeholders who participate directly in decision-making processes surrounding post-disaster financing, and financiers as well as other practitioners who are looking to creatively support resiliency initiatives.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katy Mixter, Laura Hammett

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U.S. GAO report: Climate Change - Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure (GAO-17-720)

October 24, 2017

The U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has analyzed the current and long-term aggregate economic impacts of climate change on the U. S. , the methods utilized for climate economic impact assessments, and the accuracy of modeling these projections. GAO investigated the financial risks to the federal government, and this report also provides information about how these economic impacts could inform efforts to manage climate risks across the federal government. Ultimately, GAO concludes that “the federal government has not undertaken strategic, government-wide planning to manage climate risks, using the best available information, including information on the potential economic effects of climate change, to identify and assess significant risks.

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Detroit, Michigan Climate Action Plan

October 24. 2017

The Detroit Action Plan provides an accessible introduction to climate change, an overview of the expected trends and impacts in Detroit, and strategies for mitigating emissions and preparing for climate risks. In 2011, the nonprofit Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice convened the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative (DCAC) that brought 27 organizations together to collectively envision the strategy presented in this plan.

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The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change

October 30, 2017

The Lancet Countdown is an international, multidisciplinary research collaboration that has developed indicators to track the progress of climate change mitigation and adaptation in terms of public health globally. The analysis provides an assessment of the health effects of climate change, the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and the health implications of these actions on populations worldwide. In 2016 the Lancet Countdown proposed a set of potential indicators to be monitored, and coordinated a global analysis to define this conclusive set of indicators for 2017.

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Post Hurricane Sandy Transportation Resilience Study in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

October 2017

The Federal Highway Administration led a Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Study to inform ways to improve resilience of the tri-state New York - New Jersey - Connecticut region's transportation system and to inform disaster recovery efforts. The study, which began in 2013 and was completed in late 2017, involved a detailed assessment of the impacts and disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy as well as from several other extreme weather events occurring in the area in 2011, and analyzed vulnerability and risk to the tri-state transportation system at three different scales: regional (entire study area), subarea (corridor/small network), and facility.

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