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Florida and Climate Change: The Costs of Inaction

November 2007

This report was the first detailed analysis of the potential consequences of continued climate change for the state of Florida's economy. The report concludes that, if left unchecked, climate change will significantly harm Florida’s economy in the next several decades, and that impacts on just three sectors - tourism, electric utilities, and real estate - together with effects of hurricanes, would shrink Florida’s Gross State Product by 5% by the end of the century.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Elizabeth Stanton, Frank Ackerman

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Coastal Flooding in the Northeast United States Due to Climate Change

December 2007

This report assesses the affects of sea level rise (SLR) on storm surge and flooding in the northeastern United States.   In this study, historical sea level information for storm surge anomalies at five sites in the region (from Massachusetts to New Jersey) was compiled and the impacts of climate change and local sea level effects were then added to this analysis. The change in recurrence intervals of storm surges due to possible SLR scenarios is estimated. Also, the study compares the boundaries of a 100-year coastal storm flooding event in Boston developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with the flooding boundaries of these estimated storm surges for 2005 and 2100 to further prepare for the potential social and economic impacts of climate change on coastal areas.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Watson, Paul Kirshen, Ellen Douglas, Allen Gontz, Jawon Lee, Yong Tian

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Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States

December 2007

This report presents four case studies of climate change impacts in different regions of the country: The Heat is On: Climate Change & Heatwaves in the Midwest; The Importance of Climate Change for Future Wildfire Scenarios in the Western United States; Gulf Coast Wetland Sustainability in a Changing Climate; and Ramifications of Climate Change for Chesapeake Bay Hypoxia (also in the clearinghouse as individual entries). Each case study focuses on a specific type of impact of particular concern to a U.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristie L. Ebi, Gerald A. Meehl, Dominique Bachelet, Robert R. Twilley, Donald F. Boesch

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Gulf Coast Wetland Sustainability in a Changing Climate

December 2007

This paper describes the current and projected impacts on Gulf coast wetlands from land development and water management practices, in concert with the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme climatic events such as hurricanes, flooding as well as sea-level rise. It is one of four case studies in an overall report, "Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States," that examines impacts of particular interest to different regions of the U. S. .

Author or Affiliated User: Robert R. Twilley

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Effects of Climate Change on Florida's Ocean and Coastal Resources

June 2009

The Florida Oceans and Coastal Council prepared this report in 2009 to provide a foundation for future discussions of the effects of global climate change on Florida's ocean and coastal resources, and to inform Floridians about the current state of scientific knowledge regarding climate change. The report provides a high-level overview of the impacts to infrastructure, human health and the economy, as well as key drivers such as increasing air temperatures, warming ocean temperatures, and sea level rise.

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Impacts of Global Warming on Hurricane-Related Flooding in Corpus Christi, Texas

June 2009

An analysis of impacts to Corpus Christi, Texas was undertaken to help understand and quantify the potential impacts of global warming on coastal flooding and related damages. The city’s location on the Gulf of Mexico makes it particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. If sea-level rise projections and the hurricane intensification scenarios used in this analysis are realized, significant increases in flood levels are projected, especially under higher emissions scenarios. This is projected to lead to major economic consequences resulting from increased property damage and displacement of families and businesses.

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Confronting Climate Change: An Early Analysis of Water and Wastewater Adaptation Costs

October 2009

This analysis is an economic assessment with three objectives: 1) To characterize the impacts of climate change on drinking water and wastewater services in the United States through 2050, based on greenhouse gas scenarios and regional projections of climate change effects; 2) To help policy makers and the water and wastewater sector begin to understand the challenges of ensuring that reliable water and wastewater services continue to be available in the face of a changing climate; and 3) To provide early cost estimates so that policies can be developed that address these challenges and planning by utilities can begin.

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Sustaining California Agriculture in an Uncertain Future

July 2009

This report by the Pacific Institute addresses water efficiency in the California agriculture sector, and presents a positive future for California agriculture and water – with a vision of a sustainable, healthy agricultural community as of 2050. The report describes some of the tools that can help maintain a healthy agricultural sector, reviews recent trends in the California agriculture, and addresses challenges such as climate change that will impose new difficulties for growers. The Executive Summary and the water conservation and efficiency assessment chapters offer adaptation policy recommendations.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Heather Cooley, Juliet Christian-Smith, Peter H. Gleick

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The Climate Gap: Inequalities in How Climate Change Hurts Americans and How to Close the Gap

July 2009

This assessment and policy report argues that climate change has important justice and human right implications because poor neighborhoods and people of color will suffer more than other segments of the population, creating what they call “the climate gap”. Using data from California, the authors write about how vulnerable populations will be adversely affected by climate change, exacerbating current inequities.  While the report includes policy recommendations for the whole nation, it is a reaction to public health, equity, and regulatory issues pertinent to The Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) in California that was implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Rachel Morello-Frosh, Manuel Pastor, James Sadd, Seth B. Shonkoff

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Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment - 2009

June 29, 2009

This report presents an assessment of projected climate change impacts for Pennsylvania - sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and prepared by the Environment and Natural Resources Institute at Pennsylvania State University.

Authors or Affiliated Users: James Shortle, David Abler, Seth Blumsack, Robert Crane, Zachary Kaufman, Marc McDill, Raymond Najjar, Richard Ready, Thorsten Wagener, Denice Wardrop

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