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Climate Change in Pennsylvania: Impacts and Solutions for the Keystone State

October 2008

This report, a collaborative effort between the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and a group of independent experts, analyzes climate change-related impacts on key sectors in the state of Pennsylvania. This report summarizes how Pennsylvania's twenty-first century climate is projected to change under two different scenarios, or possible futures, of continued human-caused emissions of heat-trapping gases. These scenarios are used in climate models to assess future changes in many sectors across the state.

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Climate Change in the Caribbean and the Challenge of Adaptation

October 2008

This report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) highlights climate change trends and climate variability, the impact to Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and the efforts in responding to these issues. The report offers a broad survey of the efforts at national and regional levels, highlighting successful experiences and good practices, while also identifying gaps in knowledge and institutional weaknesses for addressing the threats, risks, challenges, and opportunities associated with climate change.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Sea Level Rise: Technical Guidance for Dorchester County, Maryland

October 2008

This report describes Dorchester County's vulnerability to sea-level rise and specific policy response options. The report follows the outline established in the state's sea-level rise response strategy, including: Vulnerability and Impact Assessment; Long-Range and Comprehensive Planning; Codes, Regulations and Development Standards; and Public Education and Outreach.

Author or Affiliated User: Wanda Diane Cole

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Urban Heat Island Mitigation Can Improve New York City’s Environment: Research on the Impacts of Mitigation Strategies

October 2008

Green “living” roofs and “cool” highly reflective roofs are building technologies that may offer solutions to mitigate the problems of the urban heat island effect.   Focusing on why these particular techniques may be incorporated into strategies for urban heat island mitigation, this paper reviews research assessing their environmental impacts, and discusses the effects of these "smart" rooftops on ambient air temperatures, energy use, and air quality.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Rob Crauderuff, Majora Carter

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North Carolina's Coasts in Crisis: A Vision for the Future

October 2008

This report, prepared by two groups at East Carolina University, describes the risks that sea level rise poses for the North Carolina Coast.

Authors or Affiliated Users: S.R. Riggs, S.J. Culver, D.V. Ames, D.J. Mallison, P.R. Corbett, J.P. Walsh

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The Role of Coastal Zone Management Programs in Adaptation to Climate Change: Second Annual Report of the Coastal States Organization's Climate Change Work Group

September 2008

This report, prepared by the Coastal States Organization's Climate Change Work Group, is the product of a survey that attempted to assess what resources the states' coastal managers need in order to draft and implement climate change adaptation plans. The survey captures where the respondents were in the process of planning for climate change, what resources they would need for planning, and how much these resources would cost. The results place a great deal of focus on the need for technology, as well as mapping and modeling data for the planning process.

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Somerset County, Maryland: Rising Sea Level Guidance

September 24, 2008

Somerset County obtained a grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to assess the County’s vulnerability to sea-level rise and to review and develop workable revisions to County plans, development codes, and regulations to mitigate the identified impacts. The department created this guidance document for the County.

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Florida: Public Opinion on Climate Change

September 17, 2008

This 2008 study surveyed the perceptions of Florida residents concerning the causes and consequences of climate change as well as potential solutions. The main findings are presented in this report and are intended to aid policy makers, educators, the private sector, and environmental organizations in their planning responses to climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Anthony Leiserowitz, Kenneth Broad

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Climate Change and Chicago: Projections and Potential Impacts

September 2008

This report outlines the accelerating changes in climate that may occur over the coming century, and assesses the projected climate impacts on Chicago's public health system, water resources, natural ecosystems, infrastructure and more. The results of this analysis demonstrate the significance of emissions choices, and how these choices will determine the magnitude of the climate change impacts on Chicago.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katharine Hayhoe, Donald Wuebbles

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Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Tennessee

September 2008

From the Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER) at the University of Maryland, this report investigates the economic impacts of climate change in Tennessee. The key economic sectors most likely to be affected by climate change are addressed, along with the main impacts to be expected for these sectors. The assessment provides examples of the direct economic impacts and of the additional related, or ripple, economic effects on the state. The report also identifies specific data gaps and research needs for further understanding of the continual economic impacts.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daria Karetinkov, Janine Fisler, Sean Williamson, Brendan Bell, Matthias Ruth, Kim Ross, Daraius Irani

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