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'Sea-Level Rise: A Slow-Moving Emergency' CA State Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy report

August 2014

The California State Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy was established in 2013 to thoroughly review the challenges ahead in addressing the impacts of sea level rise on California. The Select Committee held four hearings featuring testimony from scientists and industry leaders about potential impacts from sea level rise to the state’s economy and infrastructure. Topics included projected impacts on coastal agriculture, the fishing and aquaculture industry, tourism, ports, roads and bridges, and water and power infrastructure.

Related Organizations: State of California

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National Climate Assessment: Indigenous Peoples, Lands, and Resources

2014

A chapter of the National Climate Assessment, this report provides an overview of the challenges that indigenous peoples in the United States face due to climate change, as well as the opportunities they have to prepare. Climate change will undermine indigenous ways of life and, in many cases, tribal adaptation efforts will be “limited by poverty, lack of resources, or [. . . ] because there may be no land left to call their own. ” The assessment emphasizes the importance of leveraging traditional knowledge for adaptation planning efforts.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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The Prevalence and Cost of Urban Flooding

May 2014

Investigating Cook County, Illinois as a case study, this report assesses the financial cost related to urban flooding between 2007-2011.  Urban flooding as described here can include overflow from rivers and streams, sewage pipe backups, water seepage through building walls and floors, and stormwater accumulation. Cook County is primarily urban and densely populated with the City of Chicago making up approximately 54% of the population. The study found that urban flooding is chronic and often repetitive in this county, costing a total of $773 million in insurance claims over five years.

Related Organizations: Center for Neighborhood Technology, RainReady

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Houston-Galveston, Texas: Observed Trends and Projected Future Conditions

October 2014

This brief report summarizes the vulnerabilities of the Houston-Galveston region of Texas to climate change. It was prepared after a 2-day workshop that looked at observed and projected impacts related to rising sea levels, storm surge, heat waves, and other extreme weather events. The report describes the unique characteristics of the region and these projected impacts.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Transportation Infrastructure in New Hampshire

April 2014

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) conducted an assessment of the vulnerability of the state’s transportation system, and this report outlines the results, and includes an action plan of adaptive strategies for the department to address climate-related impacts.  NHDOT assets, programs, policies, and activities (APPA) that may be impacted by climate change are discussed. The report also describes NHDOT’s goals to increase the resilience of the state’s transportation infrastructure, and the department's preparedness for natural disasters and climate-related impacts.

Related Organizations: New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT)

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Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska

September 2014

From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this 2014 report was designed to inform Nebraska policy makers, natural resource managers, and the public of past, current, and future climate and the implications of climate change on policy and management. This report summarizes key messages from the U. S.  Third National Climate Assessment Report (NCA 2014) and relates them to climatic changes and impacts in Nebraska. Through commentaries from experts in the field, the report discusses the climate-related issues each sector faces, and recommends adaptation strategies to be considered.

Related Organizations: University of Nebraska

Authors or Affiliated Users: Deborah Bathke, Robert Oglesby, Clinton Rowe, Donald Wilhite

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The Impact of Climate Change on Work and Working People in Maryland: A Guide for Working People, Organized Labor and Climate Protection Advocates

2014

From the Labor Network for Sustainability, this is a study of the impact of climate change on work and working people in Maryland. The guide reviews existing climate impacts on the state, and provides strategic recommendations for supporting the workforce and green economy.

Related Organizations: Labor Network for Sustainability

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Cost of Carbon Pollution Project

2014

The Cost of Carbon Pollution is a joint project of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Institute for Policy Integrity, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Related Organizations: Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU School of Law, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

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Global Risks 2014: Understanding Systemic Risks in a Changing Global Environment

January 2014

Global Risks 2014, Ninth Edition features an analysis of a survey of over 700 leaders and decision-makers from the World Economic Forum’s global multi-stakeholder community on 31 selected global risks. The report highlights the interconnected risks with the potential to have systemic consequences in the geopolitical, socio-economic and digital spheres. The top five global risks identified in the survey were income disparity, extreme weather events, unemployment and underemployment, climate change and cyber-attacks.

Related Organizations: World Economic Forum

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Highways in the Coastal Environment: Assessing Extreme Events - FHWA Hydraulic Engineering Circular 25 (HEC-25), Vol. 2

October 2014

"Highways in the Coastal Environment: Assessing Extreme Events" (HEC-25 Vol. 2) was developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide technical guidance for assessing vulnerabilities of highway infrastructure in coastal areas to climate change and extreme weather events. In particular, the manual identifies methods for quantifying exposure of coastal transportation facilities to sea-level rise, storm surge, and wave action. The information provided in the manual can be used to inform risk and vulnerability assessments, planning, and design guidelines for infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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