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Eye of the Storm: Report of the Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas

December 13, 2018

The Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas was established just after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast region of the state in August 2017. Governor Abbott directed the commission to determine ways to improve the process of disaster response and to develop strategies for protecting the region against future storms. The Commission’s report details the magnitude and impacts of Harvey; assesses the federal, state and local response to the disaster; and offers recommendations on how Texas can better prepare for future disasters.

Related Organizations: State of Texas, Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas, Texas A&M University

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Evanston, Illinois Climate Action and Resilience Plan

December 11, 2018

The City of Evanston, Illinois’ climate plan envisions that by 2030, Evanston will meet 100% of electricity needs from renewable energy, and by 2050 become “a climate ready and resilient city that has successfully prioritized the needs of its most vulnerable while combating climate change. ” Evanston is a Great Lakes city, exposed to climate impacts such as increasingly intense storms, invasive species, hotter temperatures, drought conditions, human migration, and water quality impacts.

Related Organizations: City of Evanston, Illinois

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Sea-level Rise: Projections for Maryland 2018

2018

Maryland’s shoreline and coastal bays are highly vulnerable to sea-level rise (SLR), causing shoreline erosion, deterioration of tidal wetlands, saline contamination of low-lying farm fields, "nuisance” tidal flooding, and more.  Fulfilling requirements of Maryland’s Commission on Climate Change Act of 2015, this report provides updated projections of sea-level rise expected into the next century along Maryland’s coast. The probabilistic SLR projections presented in the report offer a scientifically sound and readily applicable basis for planning and regulation, assessments of changes in tidal range and storm surge, development of inundation mapping tools, infrastructure siting and design, and identification of adaptation strategies for high-tide flooding and saltwater intrusion.

Related Organizations: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

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Building Bridges: A Community-Based Stewardship Study for an Equitable East River Park

December 2018

Building Bridges reports on the findings and recommendations of the research conducted by The Trust for Public Land and James Lima Planning + Development to identify a new socially equitable and climate resilient stewardship model for the East River Park area along the Lower Manhattan waterfront in New York City. Under the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project, the East River Park area is the first section of the large-scale BIG U project which will install infrastructure and remodel the landscape surrounding Lower Manhattan to protect it from sea level rise and other coastal climate hazards.

Related Organizations: Trust for Public Land

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Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resource Toolkit

November 2018

The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and regional tribal partners developed this suite of resources to support tribes in evaluating their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. The tools are tailored geographically to each of the 84 tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Great Basin regions of the western U. S. , with the potential to expand to other regions in the country. The new climate resources are available online, and include a climate tool, links to resources and a technical support line for tribal staff and members.

Related Organizations: Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

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4th National Climate Assessment, Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States

November 23, 2018

On November 23, 2018, the U. S. Global Change Research Program released Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) entitled Impacts, Risks and Adaptation in the United States. NCA4 includes sixteen chapters focusing on national topics and specific sectors, nine chapters focusing on different regions of the country, and two chapters focusing on both mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation responses to climate change. NCA4 concludes that: “ [o]bservations collected around the world provide significant, clear, and compelling evidence that global average temperature is much higher, and is rising more rapidly, than anything modern civilization has experienced, with widespread and growing impacts.

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

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City of Miami, Florida Resolution on Climate Gentrification

November 5, 2018

On November 5, 2018, the Mayor of Miami signed a Resolution directing city staff to research the effects of “climate gentrification” on low-income communities that are inland at higher elevations, and to explore ways to stabilize property taxes to reduce displacement. The City of Miami, Florida is seeing high rates of sea-level rise and increasing incidence of nuisance flooding in low-lying parts of the city. As a result, higher elevation areas of the city, which house many of the city’s lower and moderate income communities, are seeing greater development pressures, which is affecting property values and taxes.

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Denver Green Buildings Ordinance

November 2, 2018

The City of Denver, Colorado established a Green Buildings Ordinance in 2018 requiring all new and existing buildings over 25,000 square feet in size to incorporate a “cool roof” along with other green energy measures. The new ordinance strengthens Denver’s 2017 green roof ordinance to go beyond vegetated roof requirements with additional, cost-effective options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing urban heat island effects across the city.

Related Organizations: City of Denver, Colorado

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Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook

November 2018

Created by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute with support from Adaptation International, this guidebook provides a climate change adaptation planning framework for tribal communities. The report offers a stepwise framework on adaptation planning in tribal communities, and over 30 case studies of tribes already in the adaptation process. It identifies opportunities for working with both Traditional Knowledges (TKs) and western science, and is designed to be useful for tribes at any stage of adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)

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Triangle Regional Resilience Partnership Resilience Assessment

November 2018

The Triangle Regional Resiliency Partnership (TRRP) is a joint project of municipalities and counties in the “Triangle Region” of North Carolina including the Town of Cary, Town of Chapel Hill, City of Durham, City of Raleigh, Durham County, and Orange County. The first project of the Partnership was a resiliency assessment of the area’s assets and risks - in partnership with the University of North Carolina Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) and the Triangle J Council of Governments.

Related Organizations: Triangle Regional Resiliency Partnership, UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Karin Rogers, Nina Hall

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