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FHWA - Integrating Climate Change into the Transportation Planning Process

July 2008

This report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) seeks to advance the practice of transportation planning among state, regional, and local transportation planning agencies. In addition to identifying ways to reduce greenhouse gases in the transportation sector, the report reviews related climate change impacts, and discusses how state DOT's and MPO's can consider these impacts in their long-range transportation planning, as well as in Transportation Improvement Programs (TIP). The report also identifies the successes and challenges experienced by numerous state and local agencies already incorporating climate change into transportation planning processes.

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Iowa Code 2009, Title 11, Subtitle 4, Section 473 - Energy Development and Conservation

November 4, 2009

Following a report in December 2008 from the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council, the Iowa Legislature requested additional information on the ramifications of climate change for the state, and enacted a new bill in 2009 (Sec. 27, Section 473.7, Code 2009 amended) requiring a climate change impacts review to be conducted and reported. The resulting report, "Climate Change Impacts on Iowa" was then produced by the Climate Council in 2010. 

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A Framework for Climate Change Adaptation in Hawaii

November 2009

This document is a collaborative effort of the state's Ocean Resources Management Plan (OMRP) Working Group with the assistance of the University of Hawaii Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy.

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UK Highways Agency, Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Framework

November 2009

This document is the United Kingdom Highways Agency's framework for developing adaptation plans for the agency and its corporate constituents. After providing an overview of the potential risks of climate change on the UK's infrastructure, the agency provides guidance on assessing risks, determining priorities, and identifying preferred options to address and manage these risks. The adaptation framework provides a platform for decision makers to examine their individual business areas, including standards, specifications, maintenance, and the development and operation of the Highways Agency network.

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A Framework for Categorizing the Relative Vulnerability of Threatened and Endangered Species to Climate Change (External Review Draft)

November 2009

The framework presented in this report may be used to categorize the relative vulnerability of species to climate change. There are four modules that compose this framework. These modules walk the user through a systematic process for (1) categorizing a species’ baseline vulnerability to extinction or major population reduction, (2) categorizing a species’ vulnerability to future climate change, (3) developing a matrix that provides an overall score of the species’ vulnerability to non-climate and climate change stressors, and (4) qualitatively determining the uncertainty in the estimate of a species’ vulnerability.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Hector Galbraith, Jeff Price

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Environmental Health Indicators of Climate Change in the United States: Findings from the State Environmental Health Indicator Collaborative

November 2009

This article, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, presents research on the public health impacts of climate change. The report describes surveillance indicators for practitioners and policy makers that include climate-sensitive health outcomes and environmental and vulnerability indicators, as well as mitigation, adaptation, and policy indicators of climate change. The report's environmental health indicators can serve as inputs into human health vulnerability assessments and be used in public health actions.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Paul B. English, Amber H. Sinclair, Zev Ross, Henry Anderson, Vicki Boothe, Christine Davis, Kristie L. Ebi, Betsy Kagey, Kristen Malecki, Rebecca Shultz, Erin Simms

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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EPA's Top 10 Ways Utilities Can Save Water, Energy, and Money While Preparing for Climate Change

November 2009

This handout produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides the top ten strategies utilities can use to prepare for climate change, including pages for notes after each tip. According to the guide, the most important step is to update "your" emergency response plan - utilizing the findings from the other 9 strategies. 

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Climate Change: The Public Health Response

March 2008

This article from the American Journal of Public Health (March 2008, Vol. 98, No. 3) outlines a public health approach to climate change, based on the 10 essential public health services.  This approach would extend to both clinical and population health services and emphasize the coordination of government agencies (federal, state, and local), academia, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Howard Frumkin, Jeremy J. Hess, George Luber, Josephine Malilay, Michael McGeehin

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Preparing the Pacific Northwest for Climate Change

February 2008

This report presents an integrated framework for preparing natural, built, human and economic systems for climate change in the Pacific Northwest. This framework is intended to assist climate preparation efforts by public agencies, non-profits, and private companies throughout the Pacific Northwest. The report contains an integrated approach to climate change adaptation planning between each sector to enhance the benefits of climate adaptation across sectors. Sectors include: natural systems (biodiversity and ecosystems), built systems (transportation, water and energy infrastructure), human systems (public health, emergency management, and social services), and economic systems (forestry, agriculture, high-tech).

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The Capacity and Likelihood of Climate Change Adaptation in the World's Fisheries

February 13, 2008

Contributing scientists have calculated the likely impact of climate change on the distribution of more than 1,000 species of fish around the world. This research was carried out by scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA), the Sea Around Us project at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Princeton University.

Authors or Affiliated Users: William Cheung, Vicky Lam, Jorge Sarmiento, Kelly Kearney, Reg Watson, Daniel Pauly

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