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Infrastructure 2010: Investment Imperative

2010

This report addresses water challenges in the United States and abroad, emphasizing the need to invest in infrastructure development to improve water, sewer, and power systems. Building on extensive research, interviews, and data collection, Infrastructure 2010 reviews the specific water issues and concerns confronting 14 metropolitan areas throughout the country. The fourth in an annual series produced by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young, this report describes the need to treat infrastructure as an investment by developing a targeted, long-term, and integrated national infrastructure strategy.

Related Organizations: Ernst & Young, Urban Land Institute

Author or Affiliated User: Jonathan D. Miller

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The Implications of Climate Change on Water

2010

This document summarizes some of the key messages from the 2009 United Nations World Water Development Report, outlining the relationships between climate change and water resources, and the potential climate impacts on the availability of water and the control of water extremes. 

Related Organizations: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

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Ocean Acidification: A National Strategy to Meet the Challenges of a Changing Ocean

2010

Evidence suggests ocean acidification will have negative effects on corals, shellfish, and other marine life, with wide-ranging consequences for ecosystems, fisheries, and tourism. This report, requested by Congress, reviews the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, the chemistry of seawater, and the physiology of marine organisms. The report reviews the current state of knowledge and identifies gaps in understanding, and provides scientific advice to help guide the national ocean acidification research program.

Related Organizations: National Research Council

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Public Health Impacts of Climate Change in Washington State: Projected Mortality Risks Due to Heat Events and Air Pollution

2010

As a subset of the state's 2009 Climate Change Impact Assessment, this chapter is focused on two key public health concerns related to climate change: heat-related illness and worsening air quality. This study had three goals: 1) to determine the historical relationship between extreme heat events and mortality in different regions of Washington State, for selected age groups and causes of death, 2) to use these findings to predict the number of excess deaths by age group and cause during projected heat events in years 2025, 2045 and 2085, and 3) to use estimates of the relationship between ozone concentration and mortality available from the scientific literature to predict the number of excess deaths in mid-century (2045-2054) due to ozone under a changing climate, assuming a growing population.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington, Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

Authors or Affiliated Users: J. Elizabeth Jackson, Michael G. Yost, Catherine Karr, Cole Fitzpatrick, Brian K. Lamb, Serena H. Chung, Jack Chen, Jeremy Avise, Roger A. Rosenblatt, Richard A. Fenske

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Costs of Defending Against Rising Sea Levels and Flooding in Mid-Atlantic Metropolitan Coastal Areas

2010

This assessment identifies the potential costs of continually rising ocean levels and associated flooding, specifically on the mid-Atlantic Coast.  Metropolitan areas are susceptible to detriment on many levels, such as severe property damage and loss of natural resources, from sea level rise and related inundation and extreme weather events. This paper addresses what it would cost to minimize or eliminate such damage.

Related Organizations: Old Dominion University

Author or Affiliated User: James V. Koch

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Charlotte Harbor Regional Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

December 28, 2009

This vulnerability assessment was developed by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program and the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council. The report identifies the most significant vulnerabilities facing the Charlotte Harbor region related to drought, flood, hurricane severity, land area, habitats, biological cycles, and uncertainty in environmental models.

Related Organizations: Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP), Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

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Understanding and Reducing the Risks of Climate Change for Transboundary Waters

December 2009

This report, produced by the Pacific Institute, outlines some of the risks that climate change poses to transboundary water agreements. The report offers background information on transboundary rivers and aquifers and describes some of the institutional structures that have developed to manage them, including international guidelines and specific transboundary agreements. An overview of climate change is offered, with a focus on how transboundary water management could better adapt to and incorporate climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: Pacific Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Heather Cooley, Juliet Christian-Smith, Peter H. Gleick, Lucy Allen, Michael Cohen

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Climate Change in the Casco Bay Watershed

December 2009

This report from the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership describes how the climate of Maine's Casco Bay watershed has changed over the past century and how the future climate of the region is likely to be affected by greenhouse gas emissions.

Related Organizations: Casco Bay Estuary Partnership

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cameron Wake, Elizabeth Burakowski, Katherine Hayhoe, Chris Watson, Ellen Douglas, Jeff Van Dorn, Vaishali Naik, Clare Keating

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Economic Impacts of Projected Climate Change in Pennsylvania

November 4, 2009

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, this assessment examines the impacts of projected global climate change on the state’s economy at mid-century (2050).  The economic impacts are discussed for the Forestry, Agriculture, Energy, Human Health, Property Impacts and Insurance, and Outdoor Recreation and Tourism sectors.

Related Organizations: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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Climate Change and The Economy: Expected Impacts and Their Implications

October 27, 2009

A series of climate change impact studies was undertaken by researchers at universities around the U.S. to evaluate economic costs related to particular climate-sensitive resources. This publication assembles six of these studies, with a focus on water resources in New Mexico; forests in Tennessee, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming; infrastructure in Alaska; and coastlines in Florida, North Carolina and Texas.

Related Organizations: Bipartisan Policy Center, National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP)

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