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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.

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Impacts of Climate Change on Forests of the Northern Rocky Mountains

September 29, 2009

The forests of the northern Rocky Mountains are projected to have severe impacts from climate change. These impacts are summarized in this report in an accessible format intended for distribution to the general public. The study was conducted by the College of Forest Resources at the University of Montana and funded by a grant from the National Commission on Energy Policy, a project of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steven W. Running, Celine Boisvenue, Ryan Anderson, Tom Power

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 09-3: Regional and National Policies Regarding Global Climate Change

2009

The Western Governors' Association (WGA) Policy Resolution 09-3 describes the WGA's position on climate change mitigation and adaptation. It makes recommendations for federal, state, and local policies to support the reduction of both GHG emissions and the impacts of climate change on states and localities.

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Rocky Mountain Research Station 2009 Climate Change Research Strategy

2009

Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) scientists are studying climate as it influences plants, animals, ecosystems, disturbance patterns, and social and economic systems. This research supports land management and planning needs for addressing climate change. The purpose of this document is to provide RMRS employees, partners, and clients with a sense of the Station’s niche, capabilities, and role in climate change research and science delivery.

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Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps

June 2008

This report, along with the 2006 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future," and the 2010 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: 2010 Progress Report," include consensus recommendations for how the Western states can work with federal, local, and private sector partners to address the challenges of over-appropriated watersheds, population growth, land use changes, water needs for in-stream uses, and of water supply and water management strategies in general.

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Western Governors' Association Wildlife Corridors Initiative Report

June 2008

In response to policy resolution 07-01, Protecting Wildlife Migration Corridors and Crucial Wildlife Habitat in the West, the Western Governors' Association (WGA) launched a Wildlife Corridors Initiative in 2007, a multi-state and collaborative effort in which six work groups were charged with developing recommendations on various aspects of wildlife corridors and crucial habitat in the West. 

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Western Governor's Association Wildlife Corridors Initiative

June 2008

In February 2007 the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) unanimously approved policy resolution 07-01, “Protecting Wildlife Migration Corridors and Crucial Wildlife Habitat in the West. " To implement the resolution, the WGA launched the WGA Wildlife Corridors Initiative, a multi-state and collaborative effort that included six separate working groups, each of which was charged with developing findings and recommendations on various aspects of wildlife corridors and crucial habitat. These Working Groups are the Science Committee, Oil & Gas, Energy, Climate Change, Land Use, and Transportation Working Group.

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Hotter and Drier: The West's Changed Climate

March 2008

Comparing average temperatures in the last five years to 20th century averages, the West has experienced 70 percent more warming than the world as a whole. This report assesses impacts the West faces with rising temperatures and changes in precipitation levels and patterns. Chapters 6 and 7 provide an overview of mitigation actions to date (2008) and makes high-level recommendations for policymakers. Appendix A provides a 100-year analysis of warming for each of the 11 states in the West (1908-2007).

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stephen Saunders, Charles Montgomery, Tom Easley, Theo Spencer

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The Importance of Climate Change for Future Wildfire Scenarios in the Western United States

December 2007

This report reviews current and projected climate variables that may affect the frequency and severity of wildfires in the Western U. S. for the 21st century. It is one of four case studies in an overall report, titled "Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States," that examines impacts of particular interest to different regions of the U. S. This section summarizes projections for the 21st century from vegetation models that integrate knowledge of past fire occurrence to simulate changes in fire patterns and their effect on carbon sequestration in western states.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Dominique Bachelet, James M. Lenihan, Ronald P. Neilson

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Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future

June 2006

This report, along with the 2008 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps," include consensus recommendations and action items to both encourage and assist local, state and federal planners and managers and private sector partners to coordinate effectively to prepare for and address challenges of over-appropriated watersheds, population growth, land use changes, water needs for in-stream uses, and water supply and water management strategies in Western states. These reports address six specific issues, including: examining water policies and population growth, providing water supply to meet future demands, maintaining water supply infrastructure, resolving Indian water rights, preparing for climate change, and conserving endangered species.

Author or Affiliated User: Mohd Khawlie

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