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Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change and Economic Risk in the U.S.

January 23, 2015

From the Risky Business Project, “Heat in the Heartland” details how extreme heat from unmitigated climate change could transform the Midwest's communities and economy. This assessment defines the range of potential economic consequences on agriculture and businesses, as well as discusses the related impacts on labor productivity, livestock, energy use, public health, crime, fresh water supply and tourism. The report concludes that the most severe risks can still be avoided through early investments in resilience and immediate action to mitigate global warming.

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Recommendations of the Build America Investment Initiative Interagency Working Group

January 16, 2015

In July 2014 President Obama launched the Build America Investment Initiative to increase infrastructure investment and spur economic growth.  In January 2015, as part of that Initiative, the U. S. Treasury Department and Department of Transportation have issued a set of Recommendations of the Build America Investment Initiative Interagency Working Group, with a focus on expanding public-private collaboration in U. S. infrastructure development and financing. Some of the priority strategic opportunities addressed in the report include increasing infrastructure resilience where new infrastructure investments present opportunities to “increase the nation’s climate preparedness and ecosystem resilience by incorporating projected future climate conditions into their placement and design.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of the Treasury

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Boston Greenovate Plan

January 15, 2015

The 2014 Boston Greenovate Climate Action Plan describes Boston’s progress towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, and preparing for the impacts of climate change. There is a marked focus on adaptive strategies and solutions and less emphasis on climate impacts, across five sections of the Plan: Neighborhoods, Large Buildings and Institutions, Transportation, Climate Preparedness, and 80x50 (Boston’s 80 percent by 2050 GHG reduction goal). 

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts

Resource Category: Planning

 

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DOE Ultrascale Visualization Climate Data Analysis Tool (UV-CDAT)

January 14, 2015

UV-CDAT is a powerful and complete front-end to a rich set of visual-data exploration and analysis capabilities well suited for climate-data analysis problems. This project seeks to advance climate science by fulfilling computational and diagnostic/visualization capabilities needed for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) climate research.

Related Organizations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission: Volume 1 - Report and Recommendations (Draft)

January 7, 2015

This draft report issued in January 2015 presents the work, findings, and recommendations of the Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission. Organized into two volumes, Volume 1 contains the body of the report with seven chapters and appendices and Volume 2 contains the technical reports of the Commission’s three Working Groups of Science and Technology, Legal and Regulatory, and Erosion Impacts.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Content Guidelines

January 2015

The U. S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) issued revised guidelines in 2015 that outline the federal requirements and guidance for writing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS).  The CEDS guidelines now require regional economic development agencies to consider how climate change will affect economic development and to include strategies for increasing economic resilience. The guidelines acknowledge that a region’s long-term economic resilience will be defined by its ability to quickly recover from economic shocks and that climate change will increasingly cause economic disruptions.

Related Organizations: Economic Development Administration

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World Economic Forum Report: Global Risks 2015 – 10th Edition

January 2015

The 10th Annual World Economic Forum Global Risks Report highlights the most significant long-term risks worldwide, and “failure of climate change adaptation," is one of the top risks determined that the world faces in terms of both impact and likelihood. "Extreme weather events" - a separate category - is the second likeliest cause of global risk (behind international conflict).

Related Organizations: World Economic Forum

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Variable Infiltration Capacity Model (VIC)

November 19, 2014

Variable Infiltration Capacity Model (VIC) is a macro scale, semi-distributed hydrologic model that solves full water and energy balances, originally developed by Xu Liang at the University of Washington. VIC is a research model and in its various forms it has been applied to most of the major river basins around the world, as well as being applied globally. 

Related Organizations: University of Washington

Author or Affiliated User: Xu Liang

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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

November 17, 2014

The U. S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, as called for in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, is a website developed by a partnership of federal agencies and organizations led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Toolkit will enable decision-makers to take action to improve their climate resilience using data-driven tools, information, and subject-matter expertise. The comprehensive site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government.

Related Organizations: NOAA Climate Program Office, U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Author or Affiliated User: Nina Hall

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President's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience: Recommendations to the President

November 17, 2014

As part of his Climate Action Plan, in November 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order 13653 - 'Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change,' creating The State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The Task Force was directed to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide in achieving climate change resilience. The Task Force members, which include governors, mayors, county officials, and Tribal leaders from across the country, met throughout the year and used their first-hand experiences in building climate preparedness and resilience in their communities to inform their recommendations to the Administration.

Related Organizations: State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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