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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.

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.

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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DOI Secretarial Order 3226, Amendment No. 1 (Jan 2009)

January 16, 2009

In 2007, a Climate Change Task Force was created within the Department of the Interior (DOI) to study climate change and its effects on the responsibilities of the Department.   The Task Force included three subcommittees that developed options for actions DOI should consider with respect to legal and policy issues, land and water management issues, and climate change scientific issues.  This Amendment to the Order provides guidance to bureaus and offices within the DOI on how to provide leadership by developing timely responses to these emerging climate change issues.

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Silver Jackets

The Silver Jackets programs brings multiple federal agencies together to work with state, local, and tribal partners to help them better prepare for natural disasters and reduce flood risks.  The goal of the program is to help create a state-led interagency team that can leverage multiple different programs and develop more holistic solutions.  Common participating agencies include hazard mitigation, emergency management, floodplain management, natural resources management.  Federal agencies often include the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service, and the US Geological Service.

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Greenworks Philadelphia

2009

Greenworks Philadelphia was launched by Mayor Michael Nutter in 2009, and serves as the City of Philadelphia’s first comprehensive sustainability plan. The ambitious plan set out to make Philadelphia the greenest city in America by 2015. A 2015 update on progress within this report can be found here. 

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Gulf Coast Governors' Action Plan II: For Healthy and Resilient Coasts (2009-2014)

2009

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a network of federal agencies and Gulf Coast state agencies, resource managers and planners, prepared this 5-year regional plan for action that addresses several climate related issues facing the Gulf. The plan addresses four distinct challenges: 1) the need to maintain healthy Gulf Coast economies while using coastal resources sustainably; 2) the imperative of improving the health of Gulf ecosystems; 3) adapting to sea-level rise; and 4) mitigating the effects of decreased water quality.

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California Climate Tracker

2009

Monthly station data, taken from cooperative observers (COOP*), along with gridded data from the PRISM database, are used to assess climate across the state. The primary variables that are considered in this process are monthly average mean temperatures and monthly precipitation totals.  

Authors or Affiliated Users: J.T. Abatzoglou, K.T. Redmond, L.M. Edward

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A Transportation Research Program for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change and Conserving Energy (TRB Special Report 299)

2009

In 2008, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee recognized that major legislation might be enacted in 2009 that could have profound effects on future surface transportation policies at all levels of government. The TRB Executive Committee recognized that new research and policy analysis would be needed to inform decisions at all levels of government in responding to the challenges of reducing transportation energy consumption and GHG emissions. In reviewing proposals for transportation research programs as part of reauthorizing the federal surface transportation program, the Executive Committee also found a gap: no proposals explicitly addressed research to mitigate GHG emissions and energy consumption attributable to passenger and freight travel, or to adapt to climate change.

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Hazard Awareness and Risk Mitigation in Integrated Coastal Area Management

2009

This report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) provides broad guidelines for coastal planners related to the risks presented by tsunamis, storm surge, extreme wind-forced waves, coastal erosion, and the effects rising sea levels. These guidelines are intended to assist federal and local policy makers and coastal managers and planners in the reduction of the risks to coastal communities, their infrastructure, and service-providing ecosystems from coastal hazards being exacerbated by climate change.

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