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Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Understanding the Link and Managing the Risk

December 2011

This white paper was provided by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), - previously the Pew Center on Global Climate Change - describing the current and future severity of extreme weather events resulting from global warming, and approaches for managing this risk.  The report prioritizes the understanding of the meaning of risk of extreme weather and how it relates to changes in the climate system as being crucial to assessing vulnerability and planning for the future. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel G. Huber, Jay Gulledge

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Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Global Change: Challenges of Conducting Multi-Stressor Vulnerability Assessments (Final Report)

August 2011

This report investigates the issues and challenges associated with identifying, calculating, and mapping indicators of the relative vulnerability of water quality and aquatic ecosystems, across the United States, to the potential adverse impacts of external forces such as long-term climate and land use change. Using a large set of environmental indicators drawn from the scientific and management literature, this draft report explores the conceptual and practical challenges associated with using such indicators to assess how the resilience of ecosystems and human systems may vary as a function of existing stresses and maladaptations.

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A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies

2011

The Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 708: 'A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies' describes the underlying principles of sustainability as it relates to transportation, possible goals that can be used to address those principles, and performance measures that can be used to address those goals.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Josias Zietsman, Tara Ramani, Joanne R. Potter, Virginia Reeder, Joshua DeFlorio

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California Climate Adaptation Strategy - 2010 Progress Report

November 15, 2010

The 2009 Adaptation Strategy organized state agencies into seven resource-based sector working groups. Each working group identified preliminary adaptation strategies that could be implemented in the short term (by December 2010) and the longer term.

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Climate Ready Estuaries 2010 Progress Report

December 2010

This report details progress made in the Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) program during 2010. CRE, in partnership with the National Estuaries Program (NEP), is helping estuaries assess their vulnerability to climate change impacts, engage stakeholders and develop monitoring and adaptation plans. Together with the 2009 CRE Progress Report, these reports provide a summary on the design and accomplishments of CRE to date, as well as next steps.

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California King Tides Initiative

The California King Tides Initiative encourages members of the public to document (photograph) the highest seasonal tides (or king tides) that occur along the state’s coast. Seasonal high tide events can provide a preview of what might be experienced regularly in the future as a result of rising sea levels. King tide events are an opportunity to share what you see in your community with others.

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City of Berkeley, California Climate Action Plan Progress Report

2011

In June 2009, the City of Berkeley, California's City Council adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP) designed to guide community-wide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 33 percent below 2000 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. This report demonstrates the status of progress toward the CAP goals, intending to keep the community informed of efforts underway to implement the plan while enabling improved, informed management of climate action projects and programs. Resources are provided to help local residents and businesses take action as well.

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Miami-Dade County, Florida Climate Change Advisory Task Force – Status Update

August 2010

In July, 2006, the Board of County Commissioners established the Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force (CCATF), through the adoption of Ordinance 06-113. The CCATF served as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners and was charged with identifying potential future climate change impacts to Miami-Dade County, while providing recommendations regarding mitigation and adaptation measures to respond to climate change.

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Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: 2010 Progress Report

June 2010

This report from the Western Governor's Association, along with the 2006 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future," and the 2008 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps" includes consensus recommendations to promote the cooperation between western states and federal, local, and private sector partners in addressing the challenges of over-appropriated watersheds, population growth, land use changes, water needs for in-stream uses, and water supply and water management strategies.

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U.S. Climate Action Report 2010 to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

June 2010

The Fifth UNFCCC U.S. Climate Action Report (2010 CAR) presents the major actions the U.S. government is taking at the federal level, highlights examples of state and local actions, and outlines U.S. efforts to assist other countries’ efforts to address climate change. This review accounts for current and proposed activities up to 2010.

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