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Ecosystem Services and Climate Adaptation

July 2010

This policy brief discusses the economic value of natural resources and ecological systems, the impacts climate change will have on natural systems and the wealth they generate, and the difficulties in pricing ecosystem goods and services. This brief focuses on two broad questions: 1) What kinds of adaptation challenges will be created by climate‚Äźdriven changes in the form, scale, and location of ecosystem goods and services. and 2) How should climate adaptation policies protect and manage natural wealth as its delivery is affected by climate change.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: James Boyd

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Climate Change, Water, and Risk: Current Water Demands Are Not Sustainable

July 2010

This report summarizes the results of an analysis performed by consulting firm Tetra Tech for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in 2010, examining the effects of global warming on water supply and demand in the contiguous United States. 

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

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Climate Adaptation Policy: The Role and Value of Information

May 2010

This issue brief is one in a series that results from a domestic adaptation research project conducted by Resources for the Future.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: Molly K. Macauley

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Climate Change and Mental Health: Uncertainty and Vulnerability for Alaska Natives

April 15, 2010

This bulletin provides an academic review of the mental health effects to Alaskan Natives as a result of climatic changes, including impacts associated with more extreme weather events, sea-level rise, changes to the local environment, and alterations to subsistence resources. Potential responses for mental health providers and communities-at-large are outlined, such as conducting vulnerability assessments, creating post-incident recovery environments, increasing the awareness of mental health effects associated with climate change, and monitoring activities.

Related Organizations: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: Center for Climate and Health

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jacob Bell, Michael Brubaker, Kathy Graves, James Berner

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California Climate Action Team Biennial Report - 2009 CAT Report

April 2010

In June 2005, Executive Order S-05-05 was signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger which mandated the preparation of biennial science assessment reports on climate change impacts and adaptation options for California. The first Climate Action Team (CAT) Assessment Report was produced in March 2006. This 2009 assessment expands on the policy-oriented 2006 assessment, and provides new information and scientific findings including: 1) the development of new climate and sea-level projections using new information and tools that have become available in the last two years; and 2) an evaluation of climate change within the context of broader social changes, such as land-use changes and demographic shifts.

Related Organizations: California Climate Action Team (CAT)

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Climate Change and Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Reports

April 2010

In April 2010, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) and Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences published a series of three reports that address the impact of climate change on ecosystems and species. Funded by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Doris Duke Foundation, the objective was to make "climate-smart" the State's existing State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). The SWAP provides a roadmap for the conservation of wildlife and habitat in the state, including 22 critical habitat types and 257 priority animals in need of conservation action.

Related Organizations: Manomet Center For Conservation Sciences, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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Regulatory Aspects of Direct Potable Reuse in California

April 2010

This paper, prepared for the National Water Research Institute, discusses the growing water demand in California and the need to implement new strategies to satisfy it, with a focus on direct potable use of water. The purpose of this paper is to identify issues that would need to be addressed by regulatory agencies and utilities in California interested in pursuing direct potable reuse as a viable option in the future.

Related Organizations: National Water Research Institute

Author or Affiliated User: James Crook

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Preliminary Study of the Effect of Sea Level Rise on the Resources of the Hayward Shore (California)

March 2010

The Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency (HASPA) had a preliminary study conducted on the impact of sea level rise on the resources of the Hayward shoreline, and the actions that could be taken to protect both the wetlands and shoreline development in this area of the San Francisco Bay, California.   Planning of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will address the projected change in sea-level within the HASPA planning area to the south of Highway 92.

Related Organizations: Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency (HASPA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Philip WilliamsAssociates, Ltd (PWA)

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Projected Health Impacts of Climate Change in Thurston County

February 23, 2010

This white paper is a summary of the public health effects that can be expected due to climate change impacts in Thurston County, Washington.   It is intended to build an understanding of, and capacity to plan for, the public health consequences of climate change within the county's health department. Findings are based on a review of literature, websites, and conversations with local researchers conducted in September, 2009, as one of the early steps in carrying out a grant award from the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).

Related Organizations: Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

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Preliminary Assessment of Rhode Island's Vulnerability to Climate Change and its Options for Adaptation Action - Summary

February 2010

This high-level assessment addresses climate change impacts and vulnerabilities in Rhode Island, and provides recommendations intended to support state and local planning efforts. The projected climate impacts on the state that are detailed in the report include warmer temperatures, extreme weather, worsening air quality, threats to municipal utilities, and biodiversity, coastal, economic and public health impacts.

Related Organizations: Brown University Center for Environmental Studies

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