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Caltrans Activities to Address Climate Change: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Adapting to Impacts

April 2013

This report provides a comprehensive overview of activities undertaken by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt the state’s transportation system to the impacts of climate change. It also identifies opportunities for additional reductions in GHG emissions and climate adaptation activities that Caltrans may consider in the future.

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ND-GAIN Country Index

2013

From the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN), this global index is a free open-source online tool which summarizes a country's climate change vulnerabilities, as well as its readiness to adapt.

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Our Changing Planet: The FY 2013 U.S. Global Change Research Program

March 7, 2013

Since 1990, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has developed and submitted an annual report, 'Our Changing Planet,' to Congress describing the current state of the USGCRP and ongoing Federal research activities focused on global change. This Fiscal Year 2013 edition summarizes the Program’s achievements, progress made, future priorities, and budgetary information.

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California Climate Data Archive (CalCLIM)

2013

The California Climate Data Archive (CalCLIM) is a joint venture of the Western Regional Climate Center and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, funded by the California Energy Commission. This website offers a variety of climate data and products for researchers, state and local agencies, and anyone interested in California climate.

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Climate Ready Estuaries 2012 Progress Report

January 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) program supports climate change adaptation activities in the National Estuary Programs (NEPs) and the coastal management community. In 2008–2011, CRE sponsored 31 projects with 19 different NEPs. In 2012, CRE supported another 6  projects, including work with 4 new NEPs.

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Rhode Island Climate Change Commission 2012 Progress Report - Adapting to Climate Change in the Ocean State: A Starting Point

November 2012

This progress report was developed by the Rhode Island Climate Change Commission. The Commission serves to review and advance legislative recommendations, coordinate and foster climate adaptation planning and programs across Rhode Island, facilitate the “mainstreaming” of climate change and adaptation policies in existing state and local law and policy, and increase the capacity of decision-makers and citizens to prepare for and proactively adapt to the consequences of climate change.

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Extreme Weather, Climate, and Preparedness in the American Mind

March 2012

This research was conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (4C). The report presents the results of a national survey, which quantified the participants' observations and experiences of weather, perspectives on global warming's relatedness to extreme weather events, the level of preparedness for such events, and whether or not the individual used local weather forecasts. The nationally representative survey was conducted in March 2012, with a total of 1,008 Adults (over 18 years old) interviewed.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Anthony Leiserowitz, Ed Maibach, Jay D. Hmielowski

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Climate Change Adaptation - What Federal Agencies are Doing

February 2012

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES, and formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change) reviewed federal agency adaptation initiatives in this report in 2010, and released the updated version in February 2012. The intent of the report is to represent where a federal department or agency has implemented institutional mechanisms specifically for climate change adaptation, developed an agency-wide adaptation plan or set of policies, or provides adaptation resources or tools.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Eric Yurkovich, Terri L. Cruce, Heather Holsinger

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Too Hot to Handle: Climate Change and Agricultural Water Use

November 16, 2011

This paper discusses the role of irrigated agriculture in the western United States.   Climate change in the west is expected to result in a more arid climate and therefore strain the already extended water uses in the region.   Because of climate change and other factors, the report suggests that all water uses, including long-standing agricultural water rights, need to be re-examined. The author questions the region’s continued use of most of its water for irrigation, and the appropriate role of federal and state policy makers in responding to this environmental challenge.

Author or Affiliated User: Denise Fort

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Federal Actions for a Climate Resilient Nation - Progress Report of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force

October 28, 2011

In October 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental and Energy Performance, which sets sustainability goals for Federal agencies and focuses on making improvements in agency environmental, energy, and economic performance. The Executive Order charged the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force with providing recommendations on how Federal policies, programs, and planning efforts can better prepare the United States for climate change. In October 2010, the Task Force recommended a set of policy goals and actions in its Progress Report to the President.

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