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Alaska Wildlife Action Plan

December 2016

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game developed Alaska’s Wildlife Action Plan to provide a common strategic framework for wildlife management, updated species data, and tools to support the conservation of the state’s aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. The original 2006 plan was updated in 2015, approved in 2016, and has been revised to focus on strategic approaches that will guide priorities and projects over the next 10 years. The purpose of the plan is to identify species of greatest conservation need in Alaska, describe their distribution and habitat use, and the key threats to these species.

Related Organizations: Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G)

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State of Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Plan

December 2016 (amended January 2017)

The Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) agency identifies the major hazards Wisconsin faces, and recommends actions to reduce vulnerability in the Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Plan. This 2016 version acknowledges the risks of climate change, noting that the state has already experienced an average 1.1°F increase in temperatures over the last 50 years.

Related Organizations: Wisconsin Emergency Management Department of Military Affairs

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New Jersey Fostering Regional Adaptation through Municipal Economic Scenarios (NJ FRAMES)

2016

Based in coastal Monmouth County, New Jersey, NJ FRAMES is a collaborative project between the New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection, research institutions, and local communities to study and plan for future coastal hazards and flood vulnerability in the region. In 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded New Jersey a nearly $900,000 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant in support of adaptation planning for 15 municipalities in northeastern Monmouth County.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Rutgers University

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The Paris Agreement: What it means for business

2016

This report summarizes the key details of the 2016 UNFCCC Paris Agreement that affect the private sector, and outlines opportunities for businesses and investors to be a part of the global solution to address climate change. The report notes that the Paris Agreement will have both immediate and long term impacts for businesses. As States transition to a low carbon economy, businesses will be impacted by structural changes to energy, land use and urban systems. While pursuant to the Paris Agreement, States are taking action to build resilience and lower emissions in order to keep warming below 2°C, the report asserts that risks will remain and businesses will need to enhance their own climate resilience.

Related Organizations: We Mean Business Coalition

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Fostering and Communicating Sustainable Lifestyles: Principles and Emerging Practices

December 2016

This report provided by the UN Environment Program outlines operating principles to guide the design, adaptation, and evaluation of “sustainable lifestyle” campaigns and initiatives. The report identifies strategies for developing community level sustainability projects, and provides guidance for effective communication, framing and engagement approaches. It includes 16 unique global case studies that represent various aspects of sustainable living - from compact communities, an agro-ecological marketplace, to a non-profit saving sharks from shark fin soup.

Related Organizations: United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Climate Access

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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The time to start is now: How implementing natural infrastructure solutions can improve and protect our coasts

2016

This article discusses the value of integrating natural coastal hazard defense solutions - beaches, dunes, reefs and mangroves for example - to manage climate impacts such as sea level rise, flooding, or generally, wave attenuation.  Natural infrastructure engineering guidelines that include performance evaluation are called for in order to begin to integrate these cost-effective methods into resilient coastal community planning.   

Related Organizations: Environmental Defense Fund

Author or Affiliated User: Shannon Cunniff

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Changing Shorelines: Adaptation Planning for Maine’s Coastal State Parks

December 1, 2016

Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) collaborated with the Bureau of Parks and Lands, Maine Geological Survey, and Maine Natural Areas Program to conduct climate change vulnerability assessments for select coastal parks and historic sites on Maine’s shoreline.  Climate adaptation strategies and guidance were developed to help to protect these areas, and are presented in this report along with the assessment findings.  The study sites are considered to have significant natural and historical resources and to be at risk to climate impacts such as more frequent storms, storm surges, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise.

Related Organizations: Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peter Slovinsky, Kathleen Leyden, Stephen Dickson, Ryan Gordon, Don Cameron

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Let’s Keep Moving 2036 - Alaska Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan

December 2016

From the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Let’s Keep Moving 2036 provides the overall policy guidance for regional and area planning of long-range transportation (highways, aviation, transit, rail, marine, bicycle, and pedestrian) in the state of Alaska. The plan includes goals, policies, and actions which inform statewide transportation programs and investments through the year 2036. It is based on technical analyses of four key trends, including climate change, that will have the greatest effect on the transportation system - which represents the government’s largest capital investment in the state.

Related Organizations: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

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Under Water: How Sea Level Rise Threatens the Tri-State Region

December 5, 2016

This report identifies the places in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan area that are most at risk of being permanently flooded by sea level rise, and describes the effects of 1, 3 and 6 feet of sea level rise on neighborhoods, employment centers and infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Regional Plan Association

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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EPA Climate and Health Assessment Kits

December 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed climate communication materials that summarize key points from the USGCRP U.S. Climate and Health Assessment for the different populations that are disproportionately affected by climate-change impacts. The assessment provides a comprehensive analysis of observed and projected health impacts from climate change, and specifies the impacts on a range of vulnerable populations. The eight assessment kits distill this information and focus on the climate impact attributes respective to each population of concern, while offering educational materials and communication strategies.

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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