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Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided

November 2012

The World Bank commissioned this report from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics to synthesize the science and the potential climate impacts on a world without improved mitigation efforts. This report provides a snapshot of recent scientific literature and analysis of likely impacts and risks that would be associated with a 4° Celsius warming within this century, focusing on developing countries and vulnerable populations. 

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Urban Risk Assessments: Understanding Disaster and Climate Risk in Cities

July 11, 2012

The World Bank produced this framework for conducting climate risk assessments to help cities plan for the impacts of climate change and natural disasters. The framework is intended for city decision makers, urban practitioners, and is fitting for use by public, private, and non-governmental entities. It is adaptable to cities of differing financial statuses, population size, hazard and institutional capacities.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Eric Dickson, Judy L. Baker, Daniel Hoornweg, Asmita Tiwari

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Preparing for Tomorrow’s High Tide: Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for the State of Delaware – Transportation Infrastructure

July 2012

This Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment describes and quantifies impacts of sea-level rise (SLR) on 79 resources in Delaware, including transportation resources. The Assessment discusses projections of SLR for Delaware, defines the method used to determine potential vulnerability to SLR, and provides analysis of each resource category. Among these resources, the Assessment addresses Delaware’s transportation infrastructure, including railroad lines, roads and bridges, and the Port of Wilmington.

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EPA Region 10 Climate Change and TMDL Pilot Project: Restoring Salmon Habitat for a Changing Climate in the South Fork Nooksack River, WA

January 2013

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 and Washington State Department of Ecology conducted a Temperature Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the South Fork Nooksack River (SFNR) in coordination with the Nooksack Tribe. In addition to this Regulatory Requirement, Region 10 has partnered with EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Office of Water (OW) and together initiated a Pilot Research Project to consider how projected climate change impacts for the SFNR could be incorporated into the TMDL and influence salmonid habitat restoration plans that address climate change impacts.

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Assessing the Vulnerability of Key Habitats in New York: A Foundation for Climate Adaptation Planning

2013

This report includes an evaluation of the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, and habitats of New York, and an overview of adaptation strategies. Developed by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the information produced through this project and included in this document will broadly inform the incorporation of climate change considerations into the revision of New York’s Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) which is slated for completion in 2015.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Christopher Hilke, Hector Galbraith

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Tracking the Effects of Sea Level Rise in Georgia's Coastal Communities

December 14, 2012

This report focuses on the sea level rise impacts as well as adaptation opportunities for three counties along the Georgia coast (Chatham, Liberty, and McIntosh).  The result of a semester-long graduate planning studio at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the project's goal is to provide residents, decision-makers, and researchers with information that can help to proactively plan for future sea level rise (SLR).

Authors or Affiliated Users: Larry Keating, Dana Habeeb, Gillam Campbell, Marvin Clermont, Kathryn Colberg, Richelle Gosman, Anna Rose Harkness, Amy Moore Hugens, Paul Lorenc, Dzung Nguyen, Jennifer Yun, Joy Zhou

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Preparing for Tomorrow's High Tide: Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for the State of Delaware

July 2012

Delaware’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee (SLRAC) was established by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), to help the state plan for sea level rise. The SLRAC is assessing Delaware’s vulnerability to current and future inundation problems that may be exacerbated by sea level rise. Their goal is to develop a set of recommendations for state agencies, local governments, businesses, and citizens to enable them to adapt programs, policies, business practices and make informed decisions.

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Social Vulnerability to Climate Change in California

July 2012

The objective of this project was to identify geographic areas within California with heightened risk to projected climate change impacts, to be applied as a guide to policymakers and affected communities on where to focus climate adaptation efforts. This study from the Pacific Institute addresses social vulnerability, or the susceptibility of a given community to harm, to climate change across the state. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Heather Cooley, Eli Moore, Matthew Heberger, Lucy Allen

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City of Flagstaff, Arizona Resiliency and Preparedness Study

September 2012

The City of Flagstaff, Arizona completed a study that assesses 115 of the City’s critical operations that have been impacted by climate. Conducted by a team of City staff and regional partners (the "Core Team"), the study recommends an overarching policy aimed to increase protection and resilience within municipal operations to hazards - including fire, severe winter storms, drought, floods, and more.

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Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans' Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in September 2012

September 2012

This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey, conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (4C). In the Fall of 2012, the national survey was administered to determine Americans’ climate change and energy beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior - instating the latest 'Climate Change in the American Mind Series. ' This series was published in November 2011, and in the Spring of 2012 as well.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Anthony Leiserowitz, Ed Maibach, Connie Roser-Renouf, Geoff Feinberg, Peter Howe

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