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Climate Change Resilience: Governance and Reforms

January 30, 2017

Climate Change Resilience: Governance and Reforms offers policy recommendations to increase resilience to climate change impacts through improved governance. Provided by the Arizona State University Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, the report integrates input from the 2014 Climate Change Resilience: Governance and Reforms Summit in Washington, DC.  The summit goals were to explore the cross-sector, multi-level, contentious, and political facets of resilience; and to examine links among resilience, community empowerment, and economic development.

Related Organizations: Arizona State University

Authors or Affiliated Users: James Nachbaur, Irina Feygina, Elise Lipkowitz, Darshan Karwat

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EPA Climate Change Research Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funds climate change research grants to “improve knowledge of the health and environment effects of climate change, and provide sustainable solutions for communities to effectively manage and reduce the impacts of a changing climate.”

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Case Study on The Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC)

January 17, 2017

This Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) case study on the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) explores how local governments and other partners are coordinating at the regional scale to address climate change in the Los Angeles metropolitan region of California.  This case study describes how LARC was formed and has organized its decisionmaking, what local governments and other stakeholders are involved in the collaborative, what roles it is playing to support climate action in the region, and how the collaborative funds its activities.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Annie Bennett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Adaptation Case Study and Information Exchange

Developed under the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative, the Adaptation Case Study and Information Exchange is a website featuring climate change adaptation strategies that water sector utilities are deploying across the country. The website has an interactive map linking to case studies produced by the EPA. Each point on the map represents a drinking water, wastewater, or combined utility that provides the climate threats facing the utility, as well as the corresponding adaptation measures that the utility considered for implementation.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Identification and Engagement of Socially Vulnerable Populations in the USACE Decision Making Process

From the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Institute for Water Resources, this primer provides guidance on better identifying and engaging with individuals and groups of people who are more vulnerable to floods based on socioeconomic factors such as lack of access to education, adequate housing, economic resources, health care, and strong social networks. The report provides strategies, tools, and examples of how to work with these vulnerable populations, stressing how active community engagement can actually lead to better decision making around water resources.

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Baker, Seth Cohen, Gigi Coulson, Susan Durden, Ed Rossman

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Climate Change: Improved Federal Coordination Could Facilitate Use of Forward-Looking Climate Information in Design Standards, Building Codes, and Certifications (GAO-17-3)

November 2016 (Rel. Date January 3, 2017)

In this report the Government Accountability Office (GAO) urges the Commerce Department to create a program to share new climate data with organizations that set standards for contractors, architects, housing and highway developers and other construction and engineering groups. In their analysis, GAO found that design standards and building codes generally use historical climate observations rather than forward-looking climate information. In the long-run, this could cost the government billions of dollars in repairs, insurance, and disaster relief.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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Surviving and Thriving in the Face of Rising Seas: Building Resilience for Communities on the Front Lines of Climate Change

November 2015

From the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), this report explores the increased risks faced by socially vulnerable populations to sea-level rise.  Building on prior research finding that elderly, minorities, and poor populations will be disproportionately affected by climate change, the paper presents an analytical framework for identifying “climate equity hotspots,” or places where socially vulnerable people live that are also at high risk for coastal flooding.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Rachel Cleetus, Ramon Bueno, Kristina Dahl

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NOAA Regional Coastal Resilience Grants

March 2016

As of March 2016, NOAA’s National Ocean Service is providing up to $9 million in competitive grant awards through the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants program. These grants are being used to fund projects that are helping coastal communities prepare for and recover from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Awards were made for project proposals that advance resilience strategies, often through land and ocean use planning, disaster preparedness projects, environmental restoration, hazard mitigation planning, or other regional, state, or community planning efforts.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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USGCRP: The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

April 3, 2016

The U. S. Global Climate Research Program (USGCRP) Climate and Health Assessment delineates climate-related health impacts in the United States - building on the USGCRP’s 2014 National Climate Assessment.  The report/online interactive website provides a comprehensive assessment of observed and projected health impacts from climate change, discusses the climate causal pathways while providing explicit scientific support, identifies emerging issues, and recognizes particular impacts on vulnerable populations.

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

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San Diego, California Climate Action Plan

December 2015

The City of San Diego, California Climate Action Plan is a strategy to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets, and to achieve resiliency to climate change impacts. The CAP provides strategies for the City to collaborate with communities in assessing vulnerability to future climate change, developing overarching adaptation strategies and implementing measures to enhance resilience.  A chapter dedicated to climate change adaptation identifies climate impacts for San Diego, illustrates current climate adaptation efforts throughout the state, and provides a guide to adaptation and resiliency strategy development.

Related Organizations: City of San Diego, California

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