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Minnesota Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

October 13, 2014

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) developed the Minnesota Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment to identify the state’s vulnerabilities to climate change, especially as related to the public health impacts of extreme heat events, air pollution, vector-borne diseases, flooding and drought.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Department of Health

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Oregon Climate and Health Profile Report

September 25, 2014

The ‘Oregon Climate and Health Profile Report’ from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Public Health Division outlines the health risks that may increase with climate change, and describes the populations who are most vulnerable to these risks in Oregon. The report presents a broad, statewide assessment of  public health demographic, geographic and occupational vulnerability to climate change risks.

Related Organizations: Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division

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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.

Related Organizations: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

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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.

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU School of Law, Environmental Defense Fund

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Climate Change: Energy Infrastructure Risks and Adaptation Efforts (GAO-14-74)

March 4, 2014

The U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has examined the vulnerability of the nation's energy infrastructure to climate change impacts. This report describes their findings including: (1) what is known about potential impacts of climate change on U. S. energy infrastructure; (2) measures that can reduce climate-related risks and adapt energy infrastructure to climate change; and (3) the role of the federal government in adapting energy infrastructure and adaptation steps selected federal entities have taken.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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Delaware Climate Change Impact Assessment

March 2014

The Delaware Climate Change Impact Assessment is a comprehensive statewide report produced by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Energy and Climate. The report includes a summary of past climate trends and future climate projections for Delaware, and a synthesis of the best available climate science that describes current and future impacts of temperature, precipitation, and sea level rise. The climate change impacts are detailed for five key sectors including public health, water resources, agriculture, wildlife and ecosystems, and infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Author or Affiliated User: Jennifer de Mooy

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Climate Change: Evidence and Causes

February 27, 2014

The US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of the UK jointly produced “Climate Change: Evidence & Causes,” building upon the climate-related work from both national academies, as well as on the newest climate change assessment from the U. N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report reviews what is well understood about climate change, and where research is needed. It also presents current areas of active debate and ongoing research, such as the link between ocean heat content and the rate of warming.

Related Organizations: The Royal Society , National Academy of Sciences

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Extreme Weather Events: Limiting Federal Fiscal Exposure and Increasing the Nation's Resilience (GAO-14-364T)

February 12, 2014

This report represents the testimony provided by Mark Gaffigan, the Managing Director of Natural Resources and Environment for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the U.S. Senate. This testimony is based on reports the GAO issued from March 2007 to November 2013.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Author or Affiliated User: Mark Gaffigan

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Understanding New Jersey’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

February 5, 2014

This content was prepared by the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers Climate Institute to assist decision makers, scientists, and reporters in communicating about climate change in New Jersey.  

Related Organizations: Rutgers University, Georgetown Climate Center

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Central Hardwoods Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework Project

February 2014

This report was prepared by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework Project in conjunction with the Northern Research Station of the U. S. Forest Service (USFS). Assessing the ecosystem vulnerability to climate change of nine natural community types in the Central Hardwoods Region, the document uses forest model projections and projections for wildfires, invasive species, and diseases. This assessment evaluates the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems in the Central Hardwoods Region of Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri to a range of future climates.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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