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Sea Level Rise Response Strategy Worcester County, Maryland

September 2008

From the Worcester County Department of Comprehensive Planning, this strategy informs local stakeholders, including planners and developers, about options that Worcester County, Maryland has to adapt to sea level rise and land subsidence. The analysis utilized various sea level rise models and a vulnerability assessment to inform the development of response strategies and recommendations for the county.

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California SB 732 - Strategic Growth Council

September 2008

In September 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 732 which created the Strategic Growth Council (SGC). The SGC is a cabinet‐level committee that is tasked with coordinating the activities of state agencies to:

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Climate Change in Coastal Florida: Economic Impacts of Sea Level Rise

September 2008

Based on a study conducted by Florida State University in 2008, this publication synthesizes the analysis and  findings associated with sea-level rise and associated impacts to six counties along Florida's Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Key findings include more frequent storm surge events, increased storm damages, larger areas at risk for inundation, and more coastal property in harm's way.   The value of land at risk is presented in a summarized chart for three Florida counties (Dade, Duval, and Escambia County) using IPCC’s sea level rise scenarios (in 2005$).

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Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act (S. 2540 MA)

August 7, 2008

Signed by the Governor on August 7, 2008, Section 9 of this Act creates an Advisory Committee to "analyze strategies for adapting to the predicted impacts of climate change in the commonwealth" of Massachusetts. Committee membership requirements are articulated, including expertise in the following areas: "transportation and built infrastructure; commercial, industrial and manufacturing activities; low income consumers; energy generation and distribution; land conservation; water supply and quality; recreation; ecosystems dynamics; coastal zone and oceans; rivers and wetlands; and local government.

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A Review of the Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Aeroallergens and Their Associated Effects

August 2008

This report presents a survey of the current state of knowledge of the potential impacts of climate change and variability on aeroallergens—pollen, mold, and indoor allergens—in the United States and the allergic diseases associated with them. The report focuses on the three main allergic diseases that have been associated with exposure to aeroallergens—allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma, and atopic dermatitis (eczema)— and the associated health effects and economic burdens they impose.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Janet L. Gamble, Colleen E. Reid, Ellen Post, Jason Sacks

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Climate Change in Coastal Areas in Florida: Sea Level Rise Estimation and Economic Analysis to Year 2080

August 2008

In this report the results of downscaled modeling efforts of the effect of sea level rise on six coastal counties in Florida are presented, including: Dade, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Monroe and Wakulla counties. Additionally, assessments of  the potential economic impacts that this phenomenon could have are presented. Using representative storms, estimates are provided of the damage that could be inflicted from storm surge and flooding, both of which will become more intense and more frequent as a consequence of climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Julie Harrington, Todd L. Walton

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Climate Change, Tropospheric Ozone and Particulate Matter, and Health Impacts

July 10, 2008

Because the state of the atmosphere determines the development, transport, dispersion, and deposition of air pollutants, there is concern that climate change could affect morbidity and mortality associated with elevated concentrations of these gases and fine particles. This report reviews studies projecting the impacts of climate change on air quality and studies projecting the impacts of these changes on morbidity and mortality. Specific attention is given to cities on the East Coast of the United States, and California.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristie L. Ebi, Glenn McGregor

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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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