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Climate Change and the Chesapeake Bay: State-of-the-Science Review and Recommendations

September 2008

This report from the Chesapeake Bay Program Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) addresses the current understanding of climate change impacts on the tidal Chesapeake Bay, and identifies critical knowledge gaps and research priorities. It is intended to provide the basis for incorporating climate change considerations into resource management decisions.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Christopher R. Pyke, Raymond Najjar, Mary Beth Adams, Denise Breitburg, Carl Hershner, Robert Howarth, Michael Kemp, Margaret Mulholland, Michael Paolisso, David Secor, Kevin Sellner, Denice Wardrop, Robert Wood

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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:

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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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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Heat Related Illness Prevention (Training)

The goal of this web-based training course is to reinforce awareness of heat-related illness in order to promote the development and implementation of school guidelines, including an emergency plan by coaches, athletic trainers, students, school nurses, parents and teachers.   After completing the course, users should be able to: define heat-related illness; identify the three main types of heat-related illness; identify the symptoms, or warning signs, for each type of heat-related illness; describe treatment options for each type of heat-related illness, including return-to-play considerations; and describe steps to prevent heat-related illness.

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NWF Climate-Smart Conservation Website

Developed and maintained by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the Climate-Smart Conservation website is a rich resource for conservation practitioners learning to incorporate the consideration of climate change into their existing practices. This site contains principles for adaptation and guidance materials for conducting vulnerability assessments and for incorporating climate change into wildlife action plans and on-the-ground conservation programs. NWF "climate-smart" conservation projects and case studies are highlighted.

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Tools and Key Resources

One of the goals of the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities (PSC) is to help communities develop and support neighborhoods that provide transportation choices and affordable housing while increasing economic competitiveness and directing resources toward places with existing infrastructure. In support of this goal, the PSC has compiled a list of tools and other resources available to planners to help develop and support sustainable communities.

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Rainscaping Iowa

Rainscaping Iowa is a statewide campaign promoting infiltration based storm water management practices that result in the improvement and protection of Iowa's soil and water resources. The program is a collaboration among several state and local agencies in Iowa and is dedicated to educating the public and training professionals in infiltration-based stormwater management. Rainscaping Iowa is funded through a variety of state and local sources, including the state Department of Transportation’s Living Roadway Trust, along with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural and Land Stewardship, Department of Economic Development, the Iowa Storm Water Education Program, and the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District.

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Association of State and Territorial Health Officials' Climate Change Capacity Building Grants

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health, funds and supports demonstration projects that establish coordinating opportunities for climate change at state and territorial health agencies (STHAs).

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Convention on Biological Diversity Climate Change Adaptation Database

From the Convention on Biological Diversity, this database provides a web-based tool for guidance on the integration of biodiversity within adaptation planning. The website includes vulnerability studies, threat studies, assessment tools, case studies, and monitoring tools related to adaptation planning for ecosystems. A table of adaptation options is provided that applies a ranking system of "adverse" to "neutral" to "positive" in terms of the impact of adaptation activities on ecosystems and the services they provide.

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2008 National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change

September 2008

Developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this national strategy describes over 40 specific actions the National Water Program intends to take to adapt program implementation to regard climate change. Goals for the Program are outlined in five areas: greenhouse gas mitigation, climate change adaptation, climate change research related to water, water program education, and water program management. Each of these five goals is supported by a series of objectives and actions that the National Water Program will implement in cooperation with partners.

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