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Lessons on Climate Change and Poverty From the California Drought

August 19. 2015

This report describes how climate-related extreme weather events exacerbate existing socioeconomic inequalities. In this case, the report highlights the disproportionate challenges experienced by frontline communities during the California drought that began in 2012, which includes communities of color and low-income people living in tribal, rural, and farming communities. The report discusses the following topics: the causes and severity of California’s drought; the drought’s impacts on the national food system; demographics, water rights, and drought impacts in agricultural communities; and policy recommendations.

Author or Affiliated User: Wendy Ortiz

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Austin, Texas: Preparing for Water Scarcity and Drought

August 19, 2015

Developed by the Georgetown Climate Center, this case study discusses how the City of Austin, Texas agencies are preparing for climate change impacts to water supply and increasing drought. It examines how city agencies are developing a climate adaptation plan, assessing climate change risks across sectors, establishing of a Water Resource Planning Task Force, and developing recommendations to address long-term reductions in the city’s water supply in response to recent city council resolutions.

Author or Affiliated User: Aaron Ray

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Louisiana: Addressing Sea-Level Rise

August 19, 2015

This case study, developed by the Georgetown Climate Center, examines state and local activities in Louisiana to reduce coastal vulnerability from sea level rise, extreme storms, and land subsidence.  It focuses on how the state is prioritizing and designing coastal flood protection and restoration projects in consideration of future sea-level rise through the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan.  

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jessica Grannis, Vicki Arroyo, Myriam Alexander-Kearns

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Washington DC: Targeting Urban Heat Islands

August 2015

This case study discusses how Washington DC is preparing for the impacts of climate change including sea-level rise, increasing flood risks, and heat waves. The case study explores how District agencies integrated considerations of climate change when developing the city's Sustainable DC plan, which was developed through an interagency working group.  This effort spurred the development of a city-wide vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan.  The case study also explores the District’s efforts to reduce urban heat islands by making grants to pilot the use of cool roofs, implementing the Smart Roof Initiative to retrofit District-owned buildings, and adopting of a new Green Building Code.

Author or Affiliated User: Sara Hoverter

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New Jersey Wastewater Infrastructure Restoration and Resiliency - Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority, Union Beach project

May 18, 2015

Facilities are being redesigned and restored for extreme weather resiliency at the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) in Union Beach, New Jersey. This project is part of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s commitment to provide resiliency to the state’s water and wastewater infrastructure directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy, as developed under his 2013 water infrastructure resiliency funding initiative. The $28 million project at Union Beach will incorporate reconstruction with added resiliency of the authority’s main incinerator, pump stations and other buildings.

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Climate Change Risk Information Disclosure, Insurance, the Private Sector, and the Role of Government

June 2015

This white paper makes recommendations about how risks disclosures can be used by regulators to ensure that insurance is priced to consider future climate risks, and that insurance is sending accurate price signals about the need to adapt.

Author or Affiliated User: Victor B. Flatt

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Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program (U.S. DOI)

June 16, 2015

The U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is directing the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program. The FY 2015 President's Budget request included funding to establish a new "Resilient Landscapes" activity to improve the integrity and resilience of forests and rangelands by restoring natural vegetation landscapes to specific conditions and maintain fire resiliency. Subsequently, as a pilot initiative, Congress provided $10 million in the FY2015 Fuels Management program to fund resilient landscape activities.

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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability: Climate Resilient Communities Program

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability Climate Resilient Communities (CRC) Program is the first comprehensive, national climate adaptation program tailored to local governments. The CRC works with cities, towns, and counties to increase their resilience to climate change impacts, and in the process save money and create safer, healthier communities.

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Progress Report: Highlighting Federal Actions Addressing the Recommendations of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

July 2015

The Obama Administration released a progress report detailing the federal agency initiatives that are being implemented in response to recommendations from the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The report describes more than one hundred completed and ongoing initiatives that federal agencies have taken to support efforts, at all levels of government, to prepare for changing climate conditions. 

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View from the Coast: Local Perspectives and Policy Recommendations on Flood-Risk Reduction in South Louisiana

July 2015

From the Center for Planning for Excellence (CPEX), “The View from the Coast” examines local perspectives and projects from across coastal Louisiana related to nonstructural flood risk reduction. The report discusses federal, state and local level decision making and policy implementation, while documenting community-level risk-reduction perspectives towards nonstructural efforts to build resiliency against coastal impacts such as recurrent flooding, sea level rise and storm surge.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Camille Manning-Broome, Pamela Jenkins, Jeannette Dubinin

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