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Six Climate Change-Related Events in the United States Accounted for About $14 Billion in Lost Lives and Health Costs

November 2011

In this study, published in the journal Health Affairs, a team of scientists from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) partnered with university economists to investigate the health costs of six climate change-related events that struck the U. S. between 2000 and 2009. The estimated costs totaled more than $14 billion (in 2008 U. S. dollars), with 95 percent due to the value of lives lost prematurely. The study team selected six types of events that will worsen with climate change in ways likely to harm human health - ozone smog pollution, heat waves, hurricanes, mosquito-borne infectious disease, river flooding, and wildfires.

Related Organizations: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), University of California, Berkeley, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kim Knowlton, Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Linda Geballe, Wendy Max, Gina M. Solomon

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Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

2011

This report from the National Wildlife Federation is designed to assist fish and wildlife managers and other conservation and resource professionals to better plan, execute, and interpret vulnerability assessments in support of wildlife conservation and ecosystem-based adaptation.   Key steps for assessing ecosystems, habitats and species vulnerability to climate change are described. This guidance material details various approaches for assessing sensitivity, exposure, and adaptive capacity, at each of these biological levels.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Author or Affiliated User: Patty Glick

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Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN)

2011

'Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network' (ARC3), was the UCCRN’s first major publication, published in 2011. The ARC3 report represents a four year effort by nearly 100 authors from dozens of cities worldwide, and is the first-ever global, interdisciplinary, cross-regional, science-based assessment to address climate risks, adaptation, mitigation, and policy mechanisms relevant to cities.

Related Organizations: Urban Climate Change Research Network

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Colorado Climate Preparedness Project: Final Report

2011

The Colorado Climate Preparedness Project (CCPP) was initiated to to assist Colorado in preparing for climate change by providing a catalog of climate vulnerabilities and current adaptation activities in the state. The report catalogues impacts, adaptation activities, and adaptation options across a range of sectors: water; wildlife, ecosystems and forests; electricity; agriculture; and outdoor activities. The team used existing studies of climate impacts and interviewed experts in the field.

Related Organizations: University of Colorado at Boulder, Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA

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Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (GLAA-C)

2011

Conducted from 2011-2014, the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (GLAA-C) was an Integrated Assessment project supported by the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute, the Kresge Foundation, and in collaboration with Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments (GLISA). The GLAA-C program was designed to work with cities throughout the Great Lakes region to better understand municipal level climate change impacts. The project also helped develop and implement a variety of adaptation measures throughout the region.

Related Organizations: Great Lakes Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments Center (GLISA) - RISA, University of Michigan, The Kresge Foundation

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USDA: Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation, Technical Bulletin 1935

2012

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), this Technical Bulletin presents an overview of current climate change impacts on U.S. agriculture, assesses the the potential consequences of climate change over the next 25 to 100 years, and offers comprehensive climate change adaptation processes and strategies.  

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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PANYNJ Assessment of the Vulnerability to the Impacts of Climate Change

April 2011

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) conducted a vulnerability and risk assessment of the agency’s critical infrastructure to the anticipated effects of climate change, including sea-level rise and increased storm surge, precipitation, and temperatures.   PANYNJ analyzed climate-related vulnerability and level of risk for a wide variety of agency infrastructure, including airports, marine terminals, tunnels and bridges, rails, bus stations, and other facilities.   The risk analysis was used to prioritize the highest risk assets and develop adaptation strategies for those assets.

Related Organizations: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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Climate Change, Environmental Challenges and Vulnerable Communities: Assessing Legacies of the Past, Building Opportunities for the Future

February 2012

From the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, this report presents research on demographic, health and environmental data for Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. This research examines the effects of extreme weather events and climate-related challenges among vulnerable populations, and highlights opportunities for future adaptive actions, policies and priorities that incorporate social equity into their goals.

Related Organizations: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

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Simulated Changes in Salinity in the York and Chickahominy Rivers from Projected Sea-Level Rise in Chesapeake Bay

2011

The U. S. Geological Survey, along with the City of Newport News, evaluated the potential impacts of sea-level rise on the presence and degree of saltwater migration in Virginia tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay under multiple sea-level rise scenarios. The study utilized a hydrodynamic simulation model to evaluate potential changes in salinity in the York River and Chickahominy/James River estuaries. Simulated results demonstrate the potential for considerable salinity increases upstream with even marginal sea-level rise.

Related Organizations: The City of Newport News, Virginia, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Karen C. Rice, Mark R. Bennett, Jian Shen

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Assessment of Sea Level Rise in Coastal Mississippi

July 2011

Produced by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, this report includes a risk assessment and a detailed vulnerability assessment addressing sea level rise impacts to both natural and man-made systems on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. The report also contains a number of sea level rise resiliency strategies categorized into three primary response pathways of armoring, retreating, and adapting.

Related Organizations: Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

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