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The Heat is On: Climate Change and Heatwaves in the Midwest

December 2007

This paper from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change) reviews the projected intensity and frequency of heat waves in the Midwestern United States for the 21st century, potential public health ramifications and related adaptation options. It is one of four case studies in an overall report, "Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States," that examines the impacts of particular interest to different regions of the U.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kris Ebi, Gerald A. Meehl

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The Importance of Climate Change for Future Wildfire Scenarios in the Western United States

December 2007

This report reviews current and projected climate variables that may affect the frequency and severity of wildfires in the Western U. S. for the 21st century. It is one of four case studies in an overall report, titled "Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States," that examines impacts of particular interest to different regions of the U. S. This section summarizes projections for the 21st century from vegetation models that integrate knowledge of past fire occurrence to simulate changes in fire patterns and their effect on carbon sequestration in western states.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Dominique Bachelet, James M. Lenihan, Ronald P. Neilson

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State of Connecticut Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan 2007-2010

December 2007

Connecticut's Standard Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) has been updated in response to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) and FEMA’s November 2006 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance.

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Implications of Climate Change for Urban Water Utilities

December 2007

This paper explains in high-level terms climate change processes and effects to urban water utilities, and considers the issues involved in developing suitable water sector responses. Two adaptation strategies to reduce or avoid impacts of climate change are discussed -  vulnerability analysis and integrated response planning. Mitigation strategies that utilities could adopt to reduce their operation's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions are mentioned. .

Authors or Affiliated Users: John E. Cromwell, Joel B. Smith, Robert S. Raucher

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City of Homer, Alaska Climate Action Plan

December 2007

The Climate Action Plan for the City of Homer, Alaska explains the measures the city has adopted to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The adaptation section focuses on strengthening the local economy, encouraging sustainable businesses, anticipating population increases due to migration, preparing for sea-level rise, and developing an emergency preparedness plan. The report also contains information on implementation of the plan. .

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Coastal Flooding in the Northeast United States Due to Climate Change

December 2007

This report assesses the affects of sea level rise (SLR) on storm surge and flooding in the northeastern United States.   In this study, historical sea level information for storm surge anomalies at five sites in the region (from Massachusetts to New Jersey) was compiled and the impacts of climate change and local sea level effects were then added to this analysis. The change in recurrence intervals of storm surges due to possible SLR scenarios is estimated. Also, the study compares the boundaries of a 100-year coastal storm flooding event in Boston developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with the flooding boundaries of these estimated storm surges for 2005 and 2100 to further prepare for the potential social and economic impacts of climate change on coastal areas.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Watson, Paul Kirshen, Ellen Douglas, Allen Gontz, Jawon Lee, Yong Tian

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Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States

December 2007

This report presents four case studies of climate change impacts in different regions of the country: The Heat is On: Climate Change & Heatwaves in the Midwest; The Importance of Climate Change for Future Wildfire Scenarios in the Western United States; Gulf Coast Wetland Sustainability in a Changing Climate; and Ramifications of Climate Change for Chesapeake Bay Hypoxia (also in the clearinghouse as individual entries). Each case study focuses on a specific type of impact of particular concern to a U.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristie L. Ebi, Gerald A. Meehl, Dominique Bachelet, Robert R. Twilley, Donald F. Boesch

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Gulf Coast Wetland Sustainability in a Changing Climate

December 2007

This paper describes the current and projected impacts on Gulf coast wetlands from land development and water management practices, in concert with the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme climatic events such as hurricanes, flooding as well as sea-level rise. It is one of four case studies in an overall report, "Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States," that examines impacts of particular interest to different regions of the U. S. .

Author or Affiliated User: Robert R. Twilley

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Florida and Climate Change: The Costs of Inaction

November 2007

This report was the first detailed analysis of the potential consequences of continued climate change for the state of Florida's economy. The report concludes that, if left unchecked, climate change will significantly harm Florida’s economy in the next several decades, and that impacts on just three sectors - tourism, electric utilities, and real estate - together with effects of hurricanes, would shrink Florida’s Gross State Product by 5% by the end of the century.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Elizabeth Stanton, Frank Ackerman

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Marin Countywide Plan (California)

November 6, 2007

The Marin Countywide Plan is a comprehensive, long-range sustainability plan that addresses climate change through assessing greenhouse-gas emissions, setting targets to reduce emissions, and recommending programs to plan for and adapt to projected sea level rise.

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