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Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008

July 9, 2008

The Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008 (Act 70) established a Climate Change Advisory Committee for purposes of advising the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on implementation of the Act. These activities include, but are not limited to, the designation of a voluntary greenhouse gas registry, the delivery of a greenhouse gas inventory report, the creation of an impacts assessment and the development of a climate change action plan.

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Global Warming in the Free State

July 2008

This comprehensive climate change impact assessment was developed to support adaptation planning in the state of Maryland. It was prepared by a Scientific and Technical Working Group, by leading experts in the state in climate change and its impacts, including experts from the University of Maryland.  This assessment informed development of the state's Phase II Adaptation Strategy, A Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change.

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Green Infrastructure Approaches to Managing Wet Weather with Clean Water State Revolving Funds

July 2008

This fact sheet provides local governments and stormwater utilities with information on how to use the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to finance green infrastructure projects. After a quick primer on green infrastructure and the CWSRF, the fact sheet details why the CWSRF is an attractive financing option for green infrastructure and which green infrastructure projects are eligible for CWSRF assistance, and provides case studies of how communities have used the CWSRF to finance green infrastructure projects.

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Vulnerability of Major Wastewater Facilities to Flooding from Sea-Level Rise in King County, Washington

July 2008

King County's Wastewater Treatment Division maintains 77 major facilities, 40 of which are situated adjacent to tidally-influenced water bodies. As effects of climate change continue to grow, the potential for flooding at these facilities as the result of sea-level rise must be assessed and mitigated. The first step in planning for the effects of sea-level rise is to identify which facilities are at risk. This report identifies these facilities and their potential for flooding, considering the effects of both sea-level rise and storm surges, and then recommends the next steps in planning for this change.

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Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change - Phase I: Sea-level rise and coastal storms

July 2008

On April 20, 2007 Governor Martin O'Malley signed Executive Order 01.01.2007.07, establishing the Maryland Commission on Climate Change. The Commission created four Adaptation and Response Working Groups to develop the adaptation portions of the state's Climate Action Plan. With a focus on sea-level rise and coastal storms, the four groups were: Existing and Future Built Environment and Infrastructure; Financial and Economic; Human Health, Safety and Welfare; and Natural Resources.

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Adaptation: An Issue Brief for Business

July 2008

From the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, this publication provides an overview of adaptation from a business perspective. It describes potential impacts of climate change, risks and opportunities for business, and why business should consider adaptation planning and measures. The report also summarizes intergovernmental efforts to promote adaptation in vulnerable regions and highlights areas in which business could have a role in promoting adaptation, both at community and global levels.

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South Carolina Climate, Energy, and Commerce Committee Final Report

July 2008

The Final Report of South Carolina's Climate, Energy, and Commerce Committee provides a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast, recommended emission reduction goals for South Carolina by 2020, and advice for state and local governments on measures to address climate change. The report includes a comprehensive set of 51 specific policies to reduce GHG emissions and address climate-, energy-, and commerce-related issues in South Carolina. One of these recommendations advocates that the state establish a "Blue Ribbon" Commission to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

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Wisconsin's Strategy for Reducing Global Warming

July 2008

Wisconsin's Global Warming Task Force was created by Governor Jim Doyle, pursuant to Executive Order 191, on April 5, 2007. The Task Force was assigned to develop this strategy to assess and inventory Wisconsin's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and set emission reduction goals. The Report proposes over 50 actionable policy recommendations in the utility, transportation, agriculture and forestry, and industry sectors, including a proposed federal or regional GHG Cap and Trade Program, to achieve these goals.

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FHWA - Integrating Climate Change into the Transportation Planning Process

July 2008

This report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) seeks to advance the practice of transportation planning among state, regional, and local transportation planning agencies. In addition to identifying ways to reduce greenhouse gases in the transportation sector, the report reviews related climate change impacts, and discusses how state DOT's and MPO's can consider these impacts in their long-range transportation planning, as well as in Transportation Improvement Programs (TIP). The report also identifies the successes and challenges experienced by numerous state and local agencies already incorporating climate change into transportation planning processes.

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Adapting to Climate Change: A Short Course for Land Managers

July 2008

This online package features video lectures, interactive quizzes, literature citations, and links to further information about climate change and its implications for management of national forests and grasslands.

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