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Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Global Change Research Program for Fiscal Year 2017

November 2016

Our Changing Planet reports on the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)'s recent research and education activities to inform climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, highlighting those that intersect with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The report discusses progress towards each of four goals from USGCRP’s 2012-2021 Strategic Plan: to advance science, inform decisions, conduct sustained assessments, and communicate and educate.  

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Living Shorelines Academy

November 2016

The Living Shoreline Academy is an interactive website that provides a range of tools for property owners, contractors, and state and local governments about how to design, build, permit, and maintain living shorelines to mitigate erosion on shoreline property.  "Living shorelines" use natural features combined with placement of stone or other small structures to provide shoreline protection that maintains and enhances important coastal ecosystem functions.  Living shorelines are a strategy that many states and communities are considering for enhancing coastal resilience to sea-level rise and the impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: Restore America’s Estuaries

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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U.S. Climate Regulation Tracker

2016

From the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, the Climate Regulation Tracker is an online database of all climate change related regulations and other relevant actions by U.S. federal agencies. 

Related Organizations: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Los Angeles County Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Measure of 2016

November 8, 2016

The Los Angeles County Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Measure of 2016 (Measure A) supports the protection, enhancement and maintenance of Los Angeles, California’s neighborhood parks, open space, trails, beaches, natural habitat, rivers, streams, and the urban tree canopy - by implementing an annual parcel tax of 1. 5 cents per square foot of development. Measure A is expected to generate approximately $94 million per year for local parks, beaches, and open space areas, replacing expiring dedicated funding from Propositions A of 1992 and 1996.

Related Organizations: City of Los Angeles, California

Resource Category: Funding

 

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City of Berkeley, California 2016 Measure T1 - Bonds to Improve Existing City Infrastructure and Facilities

November 8, 2016

On November 8, 2016 Berkeley voters passed Measure T1 with an 86. 5% approval.   This measure authorizes the City to sell $100 million of General Obligation Bonds (GO Bonds) to repair, renovate, replace, or reconstruct the City’s aging infrastructure and facilities, such as sidewalks and streets, senior and recreation centers, and other important City facilities and buildings.  The first round of funding includes the use of green infrastructure for storm drains and parks, and is focused on advancing social equity across projects.

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Climate Ready DC: The District of Columbia’s Plan to Adapt to a Changing Climate

November 15, 2016

The District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) has released the Climate Ready DC climate adaptation plan, charting a city-wide course to respond to burgeoning impacts, including longer, more frequent heatwaves; more frequent intense storms; and increasing sea levels and riverine flooding.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC

Resource Category: Planning

 

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GCC: Rebuilding with Resilience - Lessons from the Rebuild by Design Competition After Hurricane Sandy

November 15, 2016

This Georgetown Climate Center report analyzes the six winning Rebuild by Design competition projects that were awarded funding after Hurricane Sandy to demonstrate innovative approaches for rebuilding disaster-affected communities in ways that will enhance physical, social, economic, and environmental resilience. This report includes detailed case studies of each of the six winning projects two years into their implementation, and the report summarizes the important lessons that are being learned by officials at all levels of government as they work to design and construct these cutting-edge infrastructure projects in ways that will deliver multiple community benefits and prepare these communities for future impacts from climate change.

Related Organizations: The Rockefeller Foundation, Rebuild by Design, Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Jessica Grannis

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Rhode Island: STORMTOOLS for mapping coastal flooding

2016

STORMTOOLS is a set of comprehensive mapping tools providing a series of maps and data sets that depict the sea level rise and storm surge in Rhode Island. The site now features a set of data layers for municipalities. STORMTOOLS is intended as a way to make the data outputs of a complex set of modeling processes freely available, and is designed to help homeowners and municipalities in Rhode Island better understand their risks from coastal storms and flooding, and to plan for sea level rise.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Sea Grant

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Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities

November 16, 2016

Looking at 17 communities engaged in adaptation, this report examines what communities are doing to address climate risks. It finds that communities are often motivated by extreme climate event and are more focused on reducing their current vulnerabilities to extreme events, compared to addressing future climate impacts. Despite this, there is encouraging evidence that communities can begin addressing climate change risks and overcome barriers to action and implementation.   The 17 case studies provide insights into the key components of a well-adapted community.

Related Organizations: Abt Associates, The Kresge Foundation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jason M. Vogel, Karen Carney, Joel B. Smith, Charles Herrick, Missy Stults, Megan O'Grady, Alexis St. Juliana, Heather Hosterman, Lorine Giangola

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative Final Report

November 17, 2016

A Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative Final Report and companion website highlight the efforts of seven partnerships across the U. S. to build resilience of natural resources and to increase climate resilience at the landscape scale. These partnerships use existing collaborative, regional approaches to address climate change and to identify priority areas for conservation, restoration, and management actions.  At each location, Federal agencies work closely with state, tribal, and local partners to prepare for and prevent climate impacts, and ensure that long-term conservation efforts take climate change into account.

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