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A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change

April 22, 2010

This report identifies major research needs to better address the human health impacts of climate change.  Prepared by the Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health, and with contribution by numerous federal agencies, the goal is to better inform federal agencies with a human health or related research mission in their research priorities.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Christopher J. Portier, Kimberly Thigpen Tart

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Climate Change and Mental Health: Uncertainty and Vulnerability for Alaska Natives

April 15, 2010

This bulletin provides an academic review of the mental health effects to Alaskan Natives as a result of climatic changes, including impacts associated with more extreme weather events, sea-level rise, changes to the local environment, and alterations to subsistence resources. Potential responses for mental health providers and communities-at-large are outlined, such as conducting vulnerability assessments, creating post-incident recovery environments, increasing the awareness of mental health effects associated with climate change, and monitoring activities.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jacob Bell, Michael Brubaker, Kathy Graves, James Berner

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State of the Birds: 2010 Report on Climate Change

March 11, 2010

The 2010 State of the Birds report was organized by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee and released on March 11, 2010 by the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. This is the first themed State of the Birds report which explores the vulnerability of birds and their habitats to climate changes across the major biomes of the United States.

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Climate Change and Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Reports

April 2010

In April 2010, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences published a series of three reports that address the impact of climate change on ecosystems and species. Funded by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Doris Duke Foundation, the objective was to make "climate-smart" the State's existing State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). The SWAP provides a roadmap for the conservation of wildlife and habitat in the state, including 22 critical habitat types and 257 priority animals in need of conservation action.

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EPA Fact Sheet: Climate Change and Ecosystems

April 2010

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this document briefly summarizes the impacts of climate change on ecosystems.

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EPA Fact Sheet: Climate Change and Health Effects

April 2010

This document, produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), discusses the impact of climate change on human health.

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EPA Fact Sheet: Climate Change and Society

April 2010

This document, produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), discusses climate change impacts on society.

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Regulatory Aspects of Direct Potable Reuse in California

April 2010

This paper, prepared for the National Water Research Institute, discusses the growing water demand in California and the need to implement new strategies to satisfy it, with a focus on direct potable use of water. The purpose of this paper is to identify issues that would need to be addressed by regulatory agencies and utilities in California interested in pursuing direct potable reuse as a viable option in the future.

Author or Affiliated User: James Crook

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The Impacts of Climate Change on Connecticut Agriculture, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Public Health

April 2010

In accordance with Section 7 of Public Act 08-09, the Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change formed an Adaptation Subcommittee to assess the impacts of climate change in Connecticut on the following areas: (1) infrastructure, including buildings, roads, railroads, airports, dams, reservoirs, and sewage treatment and water filtration facilities; (2) natural resources and ecological habitats, including coastal and inland wetlands, forests and rivers; (3) public health; and (4) agriculture.

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Vulnerability and Climate Change in the U.S. Southeast

Oxfam America is funding programs in Louisiana and elsewhere in the Southeastern U.S. to help those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change to adapt and be better prepared. The goal of this project is to bring a fuller understanding of social vulnerabilities due to climate change in the U.S. southeast region to the public through a multidisciplinary examination of risks, hazards, and disaster.

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