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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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Performance Scorecard for Implementing the Forest Service (USFS) Climate Change Strategy

July 2010

This performance scorecard was developed to ensure compliance with the overall U. S. Forest Service Climate Change Strategy recommendations by 2015. While the scorecard is delivered and completed annually at the individual/localized national forest level, many of the items require regional and national support and guidance in order to achieve compliance. The scorecard uses the following four categories to track performance: Organizational Capacity; Partnerships, Engagement and Education; Adaptation; and Mitigation measures.

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Implementing the National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change

February 2010

This report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) summarizes the efforts made by each of the Regions in response to climate change in the years 2007 through 2009. It describes each Region's activities and strategy, including improvement of energy and water efficiency and educational efforts.

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Chicago, Illinois Climate Action Plan Progress Report, 2008-2009: The First Two Years

2010

In 2009, 16 City of Chicago departments and sister agencies developed their individualized climate action work plans. In total, more than 450 initiatives with a direct benefit toward the goals of the Chicago Climate Action Plan were identified and are being coordinated and tracked on a quarterly basis.

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Climate Change and Risk of Leishmaniasis in North America: Predictions from Ecological Niche Models of Vector and Reservoir Species

January 2010

Leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease spread by the bite of the sandfly, is indigenous to México and the state of Texas, and has begun to expand its range northward. The models developed as part of this study predict that climate change will exacerbate the ecological risk of human exposure to leishmaniasis in areas outside its present range in the United States and, possibly, in parts of southern Canada.   Further expansion to the north may be facilitated by climate change as more habitat becomes suitable for the disease's vector and reservoir species.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Camila González, Ophelia Wang, Stavana E. Strutz, Constantino González-Salazar, Víctor Sánchez-Cordero, Sahotra Sarkar

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Climate Action Plans and Long-Range Transportation Plans in the Pacific Northwest: a review of the state of practice

2010

Using online research and a survey, the authors of this report evaluated if and how agencies in the Pacific Northwest are preparing for climate change in their climate action plans (CAPs). Additionally, the report indicates if the goals and recommendations of CAPs are reflected in long-range transportation planning (LRTP) documents; providing examples of how CAPs can better support transportation planners. This report includes a discussion of projected climate change impacts on surface transportation infrastructure and operations by state.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lindsay Walker, Miguel A. Figliozzi, Ashley R. Haire, John MacArthur

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Maryland Update to the Governor and General Assembly

January 2010

The report summarizes implementation progress of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change policy recommendations as identified in the state's 2008 Climate Action Plan. The Climate Action Plan contains 19 policy recommendations that focus on climate change adaptation, primarily for sea-level rise and coastal storm surge -  from both the Mitigation Working Group's (MWG) and the Adaptation Response Working Groups' (ARWG). For each of the recommendations brief updates are provided, including any institutional, regulatory or legislative actions.

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Advancing the Science of Climate Change

2010

Part of the America's Climate Choices suite of studies requested by Congress, this report examines the status of the nation's climate change research efforts and recommends steps to improve and expand current understanding. The report reviews the scientific community's understanding of climate change and its interactions with human and natural systems in 12 areas of interest to decision makers. It identifies advances needed to improve the effectiveness of actions taken to respond to climate change, including actions to limit its magnitude and adapt to its impacts, as well as understanding the causes, mechanisms, and consequences of climate change.

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Environmental Health Indicators of Climate Change in the United States: Findings from the State Environmental Health Indicator Collaborative

November 2009

This article, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, presents research on the public health impacts of climate change. The report describes surveillance indicators for practitioners and policy makers that include climate-sensitive health outcomes and environmental and vulnerability indicators, as well as mitigation, adaptation, and policy indicators of climate change. The report's environmental health indicators can serve as inputs into human health vulnerability assessments and be used in public health actions.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Paul B. English, Amber H. Sinclair, Zev Ross, Henry Anderson, Vicki Boothe, Christine Davis, Kristie L. Ebi, Betsy Kagey, Kristen Malecki, Rebecca Shultz, Erin Simms

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Climate Change Effects on Stream and River Biological Indicators: A Preliminary Analysis (Final Report)

March 2008

The Clean Water Act mandates that states assess the biological, chemical, and physical condition of their aquatic resources using biological indicators that compare reference and non-reference sites to measure condition. The Office of Water developed guidance documents for establishing biocriteria in rivers and streams, lakes, estuaries, and wetlands, and is developing biocriteria for coral reefs. Climate change is projected to affect aquatic ecosystems through changes in water temperature, hydrological cycles, and degree days.

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