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California Climate Action Team Biennial Report - 2009 CAT Report

March 2009

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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Alaska's IAWG 2009 Final Report: Recommendations to the Governor's Sub-Cabinet on Climate Change

March 2009

Alaska's Immediate Action Workgroup (IAWG) of the Governor’s Executive Subcabinet on Climate Change was formed in 2007 to make and prioritize annual recommendations to address impacts to the state's communities from climate change. The Workgroup released its first report in 2008, addressing known climate threats to communities caused by coastal erosion, thawing permafrost, flooding, and fires. The climate impacts are assessed and recommendations are made for each of the Alaskan communities of Kivalina, Koyukuk, Newtok, Shaktoolik, Shismaref, and Unalakleet.

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Climate Risk Information (New York City)

February 17, 2009

This 2009 report ("the CRI") by the New York City Panel on Climate Change is designed to help New York City decision-makers better understand climate science and the potential consequences for city infrastructure. Mayor Bloomberg convened leading climate change experts to advise the City's Adaptation Force.  This report is one of three reports produced for the Task Force.  This report provides climate change projections for the and vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure

Related Organizations: New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), City of New York, New York

Authors or Affiliated Users: Radley Horton, Megan O'Grady

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Climate Change Adaptation Across the Landscape: A survey of federal and state agencies, conservation organizations, and academic institutions in the United States

February 10, 2009

To better define "climate change adaptation" and to assess the current status of adaptation planning and implementation with the U. S. conservation community, 68 interviews across 44 organizations were conducted. These interviews included federal and state agency staff, conservationists within non-governmental organizations, and academic scientists thinking about or working on climate change adaptation. Using a survey guide and standard methodology, these experts were asked to define climate change adaptation, discuss ongoing adaptation planning efforts, provide examples of adaptation techniques and practices, and list costs associated with these techniques.

Related Organizations: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katie Theoharides, Gerald Barnhart, Patty Glick

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Maryland DNR Coast Smart Communities Initiative

2009

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) CoastSmart Communities Initiative is a program dedicated to assisting Maryland’s coastal communities address short- and long-term coastal hazards, such as coastal flooding, storm surge, and sea level rise. CoastSmart connects local planners to essential information, tools, people, and trainings.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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Focus on Impacts of Climate Change in Washington State

February 2009

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington and the Climate Leadership Initiative (CLI) (formerly at the University of Oregon) developed this focus sheet which summarizes two separate studies released in February 2009, detailing the projected impacts of climate change on Washington's environment and economy. Both reports demonstrate that without additional action to reduce carbon emissions, the severity and duration of the impacts due to climate change will be profound and will negatively affect nearly every part of Washington's economy.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Ecology, University of Washington, Climate Leadership Initiative, Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

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Birds and Climate Change: Ecological Disruption in Motion

February 2009

Also titled "A Briefing for Policymakers and Concerned Citizens on Audubon's Analyses of North American Bird Movements in the Face of Global Warming," this report synthesizes projected and observed climate change impacts to coastal, water, and land birds in the continental U. S. It provides an analysis of four decades of Christmas Bird Count data in a non-scientific format, current and projected trends within avian communities, as well as high-level policy recommendations and suggestions for species and habitat adaptation plans.

Related Organizations: National Audubon Society

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Water Scarcity and Climate Change: Growing Risks for Businesses and Investors

February 2009

In a world where industries are dependent on water, where water sustains our global economy, and climate change is likely to exacerbate already diminishing water supplies, few business have contemplated the risks of a diminishing water supply. This report covers global water trends and climate change, analyzes water-related business risks, and evaluates industry sector risks. Water-related risks discussed are specific to eight water-intensive industry sectors: high-tech, beverage, agriculture, electric power/energy, apparel,  biotechnology/pharmaceutical, forest products, and metals/mining.

Related Organizations: Ceres, Pacific Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jason Morrison, Mari Morikawa, Mohd Khawlie, Michael Murphy, Peter Schulte

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Strategies for Reducing the Impacts of Surface Transportation on Global Climate Change

February 2009

From the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, the objective of this research was to analyze the relationship of surface transportation to emissions of greenhouse gases and climate change, and review the implications of government mitigation strategies for transportation-system management. While this report focuses on mitigation efforts in the transportation sector, a chapter is included which identifies the need for adaptation measures.

Related Organizations: The National Academies, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cynthia J. Burbank, Parsons Brinckerhoff

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Forest-Climate Working Group

February 2009

The Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) is a broad and diverse coalition of forest stakeholders formed to develop consensus recommendations for U. S. forest components of federal climate legislation. The participants in the Forest-Climate Working Group — landowner, industry, conservation, wildlife, carbon finance, and forestry organizations — engaged in a year of facilitated consensus dialog to develop this policy platform. Their recommendations focus in three areas:  1) Offset Credits for Forest Carbon Activities; 2) Beyond Offsets - Incentive, Research, and Technical Assistance Programs; and 3) Forest Adaptation; which are detailed in this report.

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