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Grand Rapids, Michigan Climate Resiliency Report

December 2013

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council, in partnership with the Grand Rapids Office of Energy and Sustainability, investigated climate change resiliency for Grand Rapids, Michigan with city grant funding in 2012.  The outcome of the study was the identification of key impacts across community sectors in Grand Rapids, and recommendations for managing these impacts through adaptation and resiliency planning.  Drawing on interviews from local experts from a wide range of sectors, the report uses the triple bottom line framework to analyze the social, economic, and environmental aspects of climate resiliency.

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Arlington, Virginia Watershed Retrofit Study

December 2013

Completed in December, 2013, Arlington County, VA produced a Watershed Retrofit Study and plans with the purpose of strengthening the resiliency of its stormwater management systems to climate change. Arlington developed a County-wide project inventory by surveying all of the County's watersheds to find space for small stormwater facilities. This study informed the City of Arlington’s Stormwater Master Plan, which was adopted in Sept. 2014.

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Navajo Nation Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Priority Wildlife Species

October 30, 2013

Developed for the Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife (NNDFW), this assessment explores potential climate change impacts in the southwest region of the United States, and the vulnerability of priority wildlife species that were identified by the Navajo for their cultural or ecological value. The NNDFW is the official wildlife management agency of the Navajo Nation, which covers roughly 27,000 square miles across Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.

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Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages

August 2013

Severe weather is the leading cause of power outages in the United States and between 2003 and 2012 - with an estimated 679 widespread power outages to have occurred due to severe weather during this time frame. The number of outages caused by severe weather is expected to rise as climate change increases the frequency and intensity of hurricanes, blizzards, floods and other extreme weather events.

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Risky Business Project - Economic Risks of Climate Change to the U.S.

October 2013

Launched in October 2013, Risky Business is a year-long effort to quantify and publicize the economic risks the United States faces from the impacts of a changing climate. Risky Business is a joint initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Office of Hank Paulson, and Next Generation. Additional support for Risky Business was provided by the Skoll Global Threats Fund.

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Resilience Against What?: How Leading U.S. Municipalities Are Understanding and Acting on Resilience

October 16, 2013

The purpose of this study commissioned by the Post Carbon Institute, was to explore how cities in the U. S. that are already leading the way on sustainability are understanding and applying the concept of resilience in their policies and planning. The survey found that leading U. S. municipalities already have a much more sophisticated understanding of climate resilience involving economic, energy, and social challenges than previously believed - and that they are putting it into action through policies, regulations, and programs.

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Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Water and Environmental Resources

September 2013

This report synthesizes regional studies on the implications of climate change on Bureau of Reclamation operations and activities in 17 Western States. Specifically, the report addresses past and projected effects of climate change on hydrology and water resources. The report outlines implications for the key resource areas the Bureau considers in its planning processes for each of the Bureau's five regions: Pacific Northwest, Mid-Pacific, Lower Colorado, Upper Colorado, and Great Plains.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mark Spears, Alan Harrison, Victoria Sankovich, Jade Soddell, Levi Brekke

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USDA Climate Change and U.S. Agriculture - An Assessment of Effects and Adaptation Responses

September 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a technical report, Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation, Technical Bulletin 1935, in 2012 which details the known climate change effects on U.S. agriculture, and adaptation measures to minimize these impacts. This report is a summary of the technical bulletin, highlighting the major findings, and prevailing and potential adaptation strategies.   

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Dane County, Wisconsin Climate Change and Emergency Preparedness Plan

October 2013

In March of 2013, the Dane County Climate Change Action Council was created with the mission of ensuring that the Dane County government is better prepared for weather extremes brought on by global climate change. To support their mission and prepare this report, the Council facilitated an internal review of preparations and potential modifications to the county’s operations and capital investments. Based on the internal review, this report identifies potential vulnerabilities to climate change, and provides sector based adaptation strategies.

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Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment - 2013 Update

October 2013

This climate impact assessment from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) identifies current and anticipated climate change impacts for Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's DEP is required to assess climate impacts every three years under the state's 2008 Climate Change Act. The first PA Climate Impact Assessment was released in 2009, and the next one was due in the spring of 2012 but was ultimately released in early October 2013. This report was prepared by the Pennsylvania State University’s Environment and Natural Resources Institute, using improved climate models, and includes updates on the state’s climate vulnerabilities.

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