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Enabling Adaptation: Priorities for Supporting the Rural Poor in a Changing Climate

May 2009

This issue brief from the World Resources Institute is "formulated in response to an increasingly urgent need for articulating and agreeing upon a vision of effective adaptation - in part to inform the architecture for financing climate adaptation. " The paper argues that the poor, and in particular the resource-dependent rural poor, must be a central concern in any effective adaptation funding effort, and that one of the major pillars of an effective adaptation strategy is support for an enabling environment that allows them to build their resilience through natural resource management.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Manish Bapna, Heather McGray, Gregory Mock, Lauren Withey

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The Future is Now: an Update on Climate Change Science Impacts and Response Options for California

May 2009

The purpose of this report is to highlight climatic changes that have already occurred and impacts that are happening in Califormia now, affecting public health, natural systems, and the economy. Chapter 3 provides evidence attributing past and current observations of climate change to direct human causes, such as emissions of greenhouse gases. Chapter 4 examines California’s climate under different emissions scenarios, including a scenario of drastically reduced emissions, and summarizes the most current scientific understanding of the influence of future climate change on California’s economy and ecosystems.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susanne C. Moser, Guido Franco, Sarah Pittiglio, Wendy Chou, Dan Cayan

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Using Future Climate Projections to Support Water Resources Decision Making in California

May 2009

This paper presents advances in climate projection information that the California Department of Water Resources has made since their 2006 report, "Progress on Incorporating Climate Change into Management of California's Water Resources. " These advances include an improved understanding of how well selected climate models represent historical climate conditions and refined methodologies for representing stream flows, outdoor urban and agricultural water demands, and sea-level rise in planning tools, in order to assess their usefulness in decision making for water resource managers.

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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The Carbon Footprint of Water

May 2009

Produced by the River Network, this report analyzes the energy and carbon emissions embedded in U.S. water supplies. This information is intended to help river and watershed groups, policy makers, and water managers understand the magnitude of water-related energy use and evaluate the potential to reduce carbon emissions through water conservation, efficiency, reuse and low impact development strategies.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel, Wendy Wilson

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Adaptation Planning for the National Estuary Program - Elements of an Adaptation Plan

May 2009

This report, from the Climate Ready Estuaries Program of the Environmental Protection Agency, outlines and illustrates five critical elements of adaptation planning and provides suggestions for additional resources. The five elements discussed include the following: conducting vulnerability assessments, setting priorities and selecting actions, defining adaptation actions, creating a communication plan, and creating a monitoring and evaluation plan.

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The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the California Coast

May 2009

Provided by the California Energy Commission's Climate Change Center, this study includes a detailed analysis of California's infrastructure, property, and current population at risk from projected sea-level rise, as well as the cost of building structural measures to reduce that risk. Specifically, it identifies the risks of flooding and erosion to specific populations, roads, railways, power plants, water treatment plants, ports and airports, emergency and healthcare facilities, wetlands, coastal and San Francisco Bay properties, and groundwater aquifers.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Matthew Heberger, Heather Cooley, Pablo Herrera, Peter H. Gleick, Eli Moore

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Good Morning, America! The Explosive U.S. Awakening to the Need for Adaptation

May 2009

This paper provides an historical overview of the public, political, and scientific concern with adaptation in the United States. It presents the treatment of adaptation to climate change in a variety of contexts, ranging from the news media to the drafting of bills in Congress, to state and local government activities with considerable engagement of NGOs, scientists and consultants. It finds that adaptation has finally, and explosively, emerged on the political agenda as a legitimate and needed subject for debate.

Author or Affiliated User: Susanne C. Moser

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Adaptation to Climate Change in the Houston-Galveston Area: Perceptions and Prospects

May 2009

The objectives of this Capstone project and report from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University were to address the impacts of climate change in the Houston-Galveston area of Texas, as well as the utility of adaptation as a solution to climate impacts. The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) created a panel (the 'Foresight Panel') that examined the impacts of climate change in the Houston-Galveston region. In 2008, this panel produced a report which made recommendations to local governments regarding climate change adaptation strategies - which was utilized as an initial basis for this research.

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Shoreline Impacts, Setback Policy and Sea Level Rise - Hawaii

April 2009

Published by the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP) at the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant program, this project analyzed legislation proposed to change Hawaii's coastal setback laws. ICAP prepared this whitepaper at the request of then Senator Shan Tsutsui, whose office sought a technical evaluation of Senate Bill 468 (relating to shoreline setbacks). ICAP finds that SB 468 as originally introduced would have a beneficial net impact on coastal resiliency for the State of Hawai‘i.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Dennis Hwang, Maxine Burkett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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"Resolve, To Evaluate Climate Change Adaptation Options for the State": Maine SP0163 / LD 460

April 23, 2009

In this resolution, passed April 23, 2009, the Maine legislature directed its Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to create a stakeholder group with the purpose of evaluating the measures available to non-governmental organizations, state agencies, and the business community to prepare for and adapt to the most likely impacts of climate change. The DEP is directed to plan for the issues raised in the 2009 climate impact assessment, including considering ways to create a hospitable landscape for the development of greenhouse gas offset projects and emission technologies.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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