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California SB 732 - Strategic Growth Council

September 2008

In September 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 732 which created the Strategic Growth Council (SGC). The SGC is a cabinet‐level committee that is tasked with coordinating the activities of state agencies to:

Related Organizations: State of California

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Global Warming in the Free State

July 2008

This comprehensive climate change impact assessment was developed to support adaptation planning in the state of Maryland. It was prepared by a Scientific and Technical Working Group, by leading experts in the state in climate change and its impacts, including experts from the University of Maryland.  This assessment informed development of the state's Phase II Adaptation Strategy, A Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Commission on Climate Change, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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The San Diego Foundation Regional Focus 2050 Study: Climate Change Related Impacts in the San Diego Region by 2050

2008

This study addresses climate change related impacts in the San Diego region projected to occur by 2050. It was prepared for inclusion in the 2008 Climate Change Impacts Assessment Second Biennial Science Report to the California Climate Action Team. Focusing on interrelated issues of climate change, sea‐level rise, population growth, land use, water, energy, public health, wildfires, biodiversity, and habitat, the report looks at the potential impacts by 2050, both quantitatively and qualitatively.

Related Organizations: Scripps Institution of Oceanography , The San Diego Foundation, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steven Messner, Sandra C. Miranda, Karen Green, Charles Phillips, Joseph Dudley, Dan Cayan, Emily Young

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Future San Francisco Bay Tidal Marshes: A Climate‐Smart Planning Tool

Point Blue Conservation Science has developed a mapping tool for the San Francisco Bay Estuary that generates projections for sea level rise, marsh elevations and bird distributions.

Related Organizations: Point Blue Conservation Science (PRBO)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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King County Strategic Climate Action Plan - 2015 Update

November 2015

In November 2015 King County, Washington adopted an update to their Strategic Climate Action Plan, which includes the county's plans for both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts.  Section 2 describes the county's adaptation plans for 12 focus areas: built environment (wastewater, roads and bridges, airport, county buildings and facilities) and planning and regional services (regional planning, public health, stormwater, floodplains, salmon recovery and rural programs, public transportation, environmental science and monitoring, and emergency management).

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

Resource Category: Planning

 

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U.S. DOI Pacific Island Climate Science Center: Research Funding - Hawaii, Marshall Islands

December 18, 2014

The U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is funding research through the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (CSC) on the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) human migration dynamics in 2016. This project will examine the extent to which direct and indirect links between patterns of human migration and climate events can be identified. The researchers will examine migration trends and motivations, characterize changes that have taken place to local lands and ecosystems in the RMI, and use projections of climate change to understand which islands and communities may be at highest risk in the future.

Related Organizations: Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center

Resource Category: Funding

 

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California Water Action Plan - 2016 Update

January 14, 2016

In response to an extended and extreme period of drought across the state, the California Water Action Plan was first released by the administration of Governor Brown in January 2014 to provide a framework for implementing sustainable water management practices over five years (2014‐2019). The actions described in the plan will support sustainable water management in California by providing a more reliable water supply for farms and communities, restoring important wildlife habitat and species, and helping the state’s water systems and environment become more resilient to climate change.

Related Organizations: California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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2015 Preliminary Report and Recommendations from the Hawaii Climate Change and Health Working Group

December 2015

The Hawaiʻi Climate Change and Health Working Group was initially convened in 2015 to help the State consider and plan for the impacts of climate change on population-based human health and well-being. The Working Group has developed some preliminary findings and recommendations for policy maker consideration, which are provided in this report.

Related Organizations: State of Hawaii

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Hawaii Climate Adaptation Portal

November 2015

The State of Hawai’i has developed the Hawai’i Climate Adaptation Portal web tool to provide the public with information on climate change, its impacts, and adaptation.  The portal contains adaptation tools and strategies; reviews of the climate adaptation initiatives Hawai’i has taken; and introductory material on climate change, sea level rise, mitigation and adaptation.

Related Organizations: State of Hawaii

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Case Study: Scottsdale, Arizona’s Cool Roofs Workshop

February 23, 2017

In 2015, the City of Scottsdale, Arizona hosted a Cool Roof workshop series, to promote the use of cool roofs as a strategy for increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and reducing urban heat islands.  Cool roofs are designed to reflect sunlight and heat away from a building, reducing roof temperatures and urban heat islands. Cool roofs also reduce energy use, ambient air temperature, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and improve human health and comfort. [ref title=""]US Environmental Protection Agency, Using Cool Roofs to Reduce Heat Islands, available at https://www.

Related Organizations: Scottsdale, Arizona

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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