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GAO Report - A National System Could Help Federal, State, Local, and Private Sector Decision Makers Use Climate Information

November 2015

The U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) promotes a national system to provide climate information to U. S. decision makers in this report to Congress. The report examines the extent to which federal efforts meet the climate information needs of decision makers; how federal efforts could be improved; and the strengths and limitations of different systems to provide climate information. GAO reviewed government funded climate data sharing programs in three other countries - Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom - and describes their key characteristics.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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Climate Change Adaptation a Strategic Priority for FY2016 Technical Assistance Funding through Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs

October 2015

In October 2015, the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) announced that for fiscal year 2016 climate change adaptation planning, assessment, and implementation was to receive the highest priority for OIA technical assistance program (TAP) funding. OIA accepted TAP applications for climate adaptation focused projects for FY 2016 only. OIA TAP funding for FY 2017 is no longer climate focused.  Information on both years funding priorities can be found through the grants. gov website under CFDA #15.

Related Organizations: Office of Insular Affairs (OIA)

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Lessons from the Storm: Climate Displacement Three Years After Hurricane Sandy

October 28, 2015

This report by the Center for American Progress assesses the recovery of New York’s and New Jersey’s middle- and low-income communities three years after Hurricane Sandy. The report analyzes the challenges encountered by state and city leaders to help reduce displacement of people in the days and years following the storm, as well as innovative policies that emerged to prevent future extreme weather and climate displacement. The Center also highlights the important role that community groups play as citizen first responders, liaisons to government officials, and in long-term housing and recovery efforts.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Authors or Affiliated Users: Danielle Baussan, Miranda Peterson

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C40 Good Practice Guide: Climate Change Adaptation in Delta Cities

March 1, 2016

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group has developed a series of eleven Good Practice Guides for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate vulnerabilities. Climate Change Adaptation in Delta Cities provides a review of successful approaches drawn from the experiences of cities engaged in C40’s Connecting Delta Cities Network, which are relevant for coastal river delta cities around the world.   The good practices shared in the report range from strategies to complete case studies from cities such as Jakarta, Copenhagen, London and New York.

Related Organizations: C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)

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Climate Change Adaptation Guide for Transportation Systems Management, Operations, and Maintenance

November 2015

This guide from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides a primer to help transportation agencies understand risks posed by climate change and consider how to adapt their transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) and maintenance programs. The guide is intended to be used by TSMO and maintenance program managers, emergency managers, planners, and supervisors involved in operations at transportation agencies, in order to help increase the resilience of transportation systems.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, Grants

March 15, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Assistance grants to assist States, Territories, Federally-recognized tribes, and local communities in implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program. Often, local communities will sponsor applications on behalf of homeowners and then submit the applications to their State. PDM grant applicants seeking preparedness money are encouraged to focus on climate change resilience. 

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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Community Resilience Building Workshop and Guide

February 2016

The Community Resilience Building Workshop is a hands-on “community driven” process to improve local level resilience to natural and climate-related hazards such as extreme storms, inland flooding, sea level rise and heat waves.  

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Author or Affiliated User: Adam W. Whelchel

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In Deep: Helping Sandy-Affected Communities Address Vulnerability and Risk

October 2015

In Deep chronicles the Local Recovery Planning Manager (LRPM) program that was implemented by the non-profit organization New Jersey Future for selected Hurricane Sandy-affected coastal communities in greatest need. This report describes the program’s initial goals, successes and challenges, and lessons learned that can inform future disaster recovery initiatives both in New Jersey and across the country.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Future

Author or Affiliated User: David Kutner

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BIA Tribal Adaptation and Ocean and Coastal Management Planning Projects

March 23, 2016

On March 23, 2016 the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announced they will provide nearly $6.5 million to fund tribal projects that promote climate change adaptation and ocean and coastal management planning. The BIA’s Tribal Climate Resilience Program is responding to the Recommendations of the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience  and helping to implement President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. 

Related Organizations: Bureau of Indian Affairs

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City of Berkeley, California Resilience Strategy

April 1, 2016

The City of Berkeley, California Resilience Strategy is designed to advance community level preparedness for physical, social, and economic challenges. Built around six long-term goals, the strategy contains specific short-term resiliency actions that support community cohesion, clean energy, climate adaptation and social equity. 

Related Organizations: City of Berkeley, California, 100 Resilient Cities

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