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Omitted Damages: Whats Missing From the Social Cost of Carbon

March 13, 2014

The 2013 Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Carbon (IWG) updated the U. S. social cost of carbon (SCC) for 2015 from a central value of $24 to $37. SCC is an estimate of the economic damages associated with a small increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, conventionally one metric ton, in a given year. The SCC is meant to be a comprehensive estimate of climate change damages and includes, but is not limited to, changes in net agricultural productivity, human health, and property damages from increased flood risk.

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Minnesota State Hazard Mitigation Plan

March 14, 2014

Minnesota’s State Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies major natural hazards occurring across the state, and presents a comprehensive assessment of the vulnerability to those hazards. The Plan identifies goals and recommended actions for state government to reduce and/or prevent injury and damage from hazardous events. Beyond compliance to the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, Minnesota’s Hazard Mitigation Plan includes a description of the effects of climate change for each of the natural hazards identified.

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White House Climate Data Initiative

March 19, 2014

On March 19, 2014 the White House announced the creation of a climate change data center, Climate.Data.Gov. Driven by NOAA and NASA, the new site brings together data from across several federal agencies, with the intention of helping to inform and prepare America’s communities, businesses, and citizens.

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2014 Heatwave Business Impacts, City of Melbourne, Australia

March 24, 2014

The City of Melbourne, Australia conducted this study to get an understanding of the perceived impacts of a 2014 heatwave on the Melbourne business community. Melbourne has experienced several extreme heatwaves in recent years and climate projections show an increase in heatwaves in the future. This is a unique study because most research has been related to impacts of urban heat on the personal health of individuals, rather than impacts to businesses. 

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Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability: Summary for Policymakers - IPCC Working Group II Fifth Assessment Report (WGII AR5)

March 31, 2014

The most comprehensive assessment of scientific knowledge on global climate change to date, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) is being released in four parts between September 2013 and November 2014. The AR5 contains contributions from three Working Groups. Working Group I assesses the physical science basis of climate change, Working Group II assesses impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability, while Working Group III assesses the mitigation of climate change.

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One City, Rebuilding Together: A Report on the City of New York's Response to Hurricane Sandy and the Path Forward

April 2014

This report reviews New York City’s housing recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy through the “Build It Back” program. The report highlights actions already taken by the City to address existing concerns with the program and makes extensive recommendations for other changes, representing a major overhaul of currently active recovery programs. The city’s broader efforts around resiliency management and planning are described, as well as an updated strategy to improve New York’s recovery programs is provided.

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City of Chicago Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy

April 2014

In 2014, Chicago, Illinois released its green stormwater infrastructure plan to improve the city’s water quality, reduce flood risks, and build climate resilience. With 26-miles of lakefront and 28-miles of riverfront, Chicago understands that water is both one of its greatest assets and largest sources of risk. This plan describes ways to integrate green techniques into Chicago’s well established, but already overtaxed stormwater system that will only become more burdened as climate change causes increased precipitation.

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Great Lakes Restoration and Climate Change Symposium

April 2014

The purpose of the Great Lakes Restoration and Climate Change event was to convene Great Lakes leaders and climate experts to assess the range of impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes, and to develop policy-based strategies to integrate climate variation into future restoration and stewardship practices. Jenny Kehl, the director of the Center for Water Policy at University of Wisconsin’s School of Freshwater Sciences, spearheaded the meeting and action plan.

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A Geospatial Dataset for U.S. Hurricane Storm Surge and Sea-level Rise Vulnerability: Development and Case Study Applications

April 2014

Published in the ‘Climate Risk Management’ journal, this study presents the results of an effort to develop storm surge inundation layers for the eastern U.S. - a first pass assessment of exposure to hurricane storm surge and sea-level rise for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. The results include multiple inundation mapping overlays reflecting both hurricanes of different intensities as well as various scenarios of sea-level rise.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Megan C. Maloney, Benjamin L. Preston

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City Resilience Framework

April 2014 (Updated December 2015)

Supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and developed by Arup’s International Development team, the City Resilience Framework is a holistic, evidence-based framework for understanding city resilience to inform urban planning and investment decisions. The Rockefeller Foundation is using the framework to create resilience-building agendas at city-level with current members of their 100 Resilient Cities Network. Presenting an inclusive method for articulating city resilience, the framework underpins and reinforces the City Resilience Index's full suite of indicators and variables.

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