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Economic and Environmental Costs of Climate Change: State Case Studies

This site provides PDF files of individual state case studies pertaining to the economic and environmental costs of climate change.   The studies were prepared by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER) at the University of Maryland. The reports summarize climatic changes affecting 12 states, their potential fiscal impact, and the effect that future changes in climate may have on state economies. The research highlights the importance of planning for the possible effects of climate change on state natural and economic resources and explores options for reducing these effects.

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Houston-Galveston Area Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects Report – Transportation Recommendations

December 16, 2008

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects (the Panel) published a 2008 report informing local governments in the region of possible effects of climate change on their transportation infrastructure and recommending how to best reduce the risk of those impacts. The Panel synthesized climate change effects in the region including sea-level rise, increases in temperature, and more frequent and intense storm events interspersed with periods of drought. The report looks at impacts across both the built and natural environments, but this case study focuses solely on the recommendations that apply to transportation infrastructure.

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California Climate Risk and Response

November 2008

This report provides a comprehensive examination of the economic impacts of climate change and adaptation in California. This multi-sector study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley compiles the most recent available science on climate change impacts in the state, assesses the economic implications, and examines strategies for adaptation. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael McCormick, Fredrich Kahrl, David Roland-Holst

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Conservation and Management of Ecological Systems in a Changing California

November 2008

Developed by the Public Policy Institute of California as part of the Preparing California for a Changing Climate project, this report addresses conservation and resource management challenges, given current regulatory and governance structures, for protecting biodiversity in the face of climate change. The focus is on land-based conservation of natural habitat near developing urban areas and in more remote forested areas.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Elisa Barbour, Lara Kueppers

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Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan for Monterey Bay, California - Protection of Highway 1

November 2008

This Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan identifies four strategies to reduce coastal erosion along southern Monterey Bay in California. One of these strategies involves beach nourishment to protect critical infrastructure, including sections of California Highway 1.

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Analysis of Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Wildlife Habitat in the U.S.

October 31, 2008

This report, from the Wildlife Habitat Policy Research Program (WHPRP) and the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, was created as guidance for state agencies to effectively factor climate change into their State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs). The primary objective of this project was to develop methods and analyses to provide to state wildlife agencies with information on the magnitude of projected impacts of climate change on terrestrial wildlife habitats and viable options for minimizing those impacts.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Marni Koopman, Linda A. Joyce, Curtis H. Flather

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Florida's Energy and Climate Change Action Plan

October 15, 2008

This action plan was developed by the Governor's Action Team on Energy and Climate Change in October 2008. The plan contains 50 separate policy recommendations for mitigation and adaptation, and is part of the Phase 2 deliverables required under Executive Order 07-128. Chapter 8 of the plan provides an overview of current and projected impacts, as well as a planning framework for adaptation developed by the Adaptation Technical Working Group (TWG). The chapter also recommends early action items for policymakers to consider in the following areas: Research, Comprehensive Planning, Protection of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Water Resources Management, Built Environment, Infrastructure and Community Protection, and Public Education and Outreach.

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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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Virginia Governor's Commission on Climate Change Final Report: A Climate Change Action Plan

December 15, 2008

Executive Order 59, signed by Governor Kaine in 2007, established the Governor's Commission on Climate Change. The Commission was charged with creating a Climate Change Action Plan that would evaluate expected impacts of climate change on Virginia's natural resources, public health, and the economic impact on the industries of agriculture, forestry, tourism, and insurance. In addition the Plan was to identify strategies to prepare for the projected impacts of climate change on the state.   The Action Plan discusses the overall climate effects on natural systems, such as ecosystems and the state's primary fish stocks, and the effects on human health.

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Preparing for Climate Change in the Rogue River Basin of Southwest Oregon

December 8, 2008

This report presents the projected impacts of climate change on the Rogue River Basin of southwest Oregon. A panel of scientists and policy experts recommend strategies for building resistance and resilience to climate change for natural, human, built and economic systems in the region.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Bob Doppelt, Roger Hamilton, Marni Koopman, Cindy Deacon Williams

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