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California State Water Board - Resolution No. 2017 - Comprehensive Response to Climate Change

March 7, 2017

On March 7, 2017, California's State Water Resources Control Board adopted a resolution to integrate climate change comprehensively into its programs and decisionmaking, including drinking water regulation, water quality initiatives, and financial assistance. The resolution creates new requirements for divisions within the State Water Board that will help the agency achieve goals relating to adaptation, ecosystem resilience, water use and efficiency, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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San Francisco Climate and Health Adaptation Framework 2017

2017

Developed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), the Climate and Health Adaptation Framework is a compendium of the SFDPH’s 2010 Climate and Health Program’s work over the last several years. The framework identifies strategies to engage San Francisco community stakeholders on creating solutions to reduce health disparities and climate health impacts. The primary goals of the framework are to propose strategies to reduce the health burden of climate change, improve health equity, propose draft indicators to measure the severity of climate-related health risks and collaborate with stakeholders on health-related climate challenges.

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Making Nashville a More Livable and Sustainable City for All

March 9, 2017

This report summarizes efforts, under Mayor Megan Berry, to make Nashville the “greenest city in the Southeast. ” The authors argue that, while recent planning by the Nashville-Davidson Metropolitan Planning Commission are likely to enhance environmental quality, more must be done to address poverty and historical inequities. Specific to climate adaptation, the report delineates how regional climate change will disproportionately impact low-income communities in Nashville, and describes how proposed initiatives can be expanded or adjusted to enhance equitable outcomes.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Miranda Peterson, Cathleen Kelly

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How Baltimore is using the Sustainable Development Goals to make a more just city

March 9, 2017

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by world leaders in 2015 to create collaborative partnerships across and between countries and communities to achieve objectives around economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion. In 2015, as part of the USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI) program, the City of Baltimore, Maryland was selected as one of three U.S. cities to pilot the implementation of the 17 UN SDGs.

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Quantifying the influence of global warming on unprecedented extreme climate events

March 10, 2017

In this “extreme event attribution” study, a team of researchers from Stanford University and other partner organizations developed a four-step framework to test whether, and to what extent, global warming contributes to extreme weather events. Using this framework researchers can quantify the influence of global warming on extreme events in both current and future climates. The authors suggest that the results offer decision makers valuable information for adaptation planning, such as for resilient infrastructure design, resource management, and disaster risk management.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Noah Diffenbaugh, Deepti Singh, Justin Mankin, Daniel Horton, Daniel Swain, Danielle Touma, Allison Charland, Yunjie Liu, Matz Haugen, Michael Tsiang, Bala Rajaratnam

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Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Policy 5408: Addressing the Risks of Climate Change

March 10, 2017

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) established a policy in March of 2017 stating that WDFW will manage its operations and assets so as to better understand, mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The policy provides guidance for managing risks to agency investments due to climate impacts, such as upgrades to agency infrastructure to be more climate ready, and investing in land acquisitions that support ecosystem resilience. WDFW states that this policy demonstrates their leadership on the issue of climate change - specifically as they are integrating the science necessary to understand climate risks, proactively responding to those risks, and reducing their own carbon footprint.

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RainReady Calumet Corridor, IL Plan

2017

This plan outlines a vision for stormwater management, sustainable economic development, and integrated planning to enhance resilience within the Calumet Corridor in Cook County, Illinois (20 miles south of Chicago). This area experienced a severe rain and wind storm in April 2013 resulting in urban flooding and widespread property damage. The region’s flat, low-lying topography, historical patterns of land development that covered natural land with impervious surfaces, the changing climate, and aging infrastructure all contribute to the Corridor’s vulnerability to future flooding.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Resilience Strategy

March 2017

The City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania released its Resilience Strategy in March 2017 to provide a holistic strategy for helping the city to manage challenges from a changing environment, globalization, and urbanization. The Strategy sets goals, objectives, and action organized around a “P4” community-centered framework addressing resilience in terms of People, Place, Planet, and Performance.   The Strategy is intended to be a blueprint to help the city prepare for resilience challenges by helping the city improve coordination among government and non-governmental organizations, improve budgeting and capital coordination citywide, ensure the institutionalization of resilience practices, and increase resident engagement and empowerment.

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Medical Alert! Climate Change is Harming Our Health

March 15, 2017

From the newly formed Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, this report discusses urgent and compounding public health impacts from climate change.  The Consortium is composed of physicians from 11 medical societies, representing over half of the nation’s doctors, who determined a need to share their concern about the health consequences of climate change with the public.  The opening summary concludes with this: “In sum, we are sounding the alarm that the ultimate danger of climate change is that it poses a danger to the health of every American now and in the future.

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A City With Global Goals Part I and Part II

2016

From the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, this report and info-graphics are designed to illustrate the connections between the United Nation’s global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established in 2015, and the visions, goals, initiatives and targets from New York City’s 2015 sustainability plan “One New York: The Plan for a Just and Strong City (or OneNYC).” 

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