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Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability: Promoting an Efficient Adaptation Response in Australia

March 2005

Produced for the Australian Greenhouse Office, this assessment was completed in 2005 in order to identify the priorities of the National Climate Change Adaptation Programme. This report explores the risks to Australia from the impacts of climate change over the next 30 to 50 years for Australia's industry and economy, the natural environment, public health, and infrastructure. The report takes a risk management approach to identifying the sectors and regions that might have the highest priority for adaptation planning.

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EPA Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program

2005

The Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), helps communities explore opportunities for and barriers to smart growth and pilot innovative ideas that create more sustainable communities.

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People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), New York

January 2001

People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo was founded in 2005 to serve as a resource to residents in Western New York communities to help provide affordable, resilient housing, create local hiring opportunities for underserved members of the community, and to “advance economic and environmental justice in Buffalo. ” Since its founding the non-profit has established a wide variety of programs that advance these goals, and provides employment opportunities statewide. The Hiring Hall program helps to staff PUSH Green with underemployed and underrepresented members of the Buffalo community - especially people of color and women - to train disadvantaged residents on a variety of different careers, with a focus on the green energy/technology field.

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King County (Washington) Executive Order on Land Use Strategies for Global Warming Preparedness

March 22, 2006

In March 2006, King County, Washington Executive Ron Sims issued Executive Orders on Global Warming Preparedness that directed King County to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for anticipated climate change impacts. This order requires that King County Departments employ coordinated strategies of land use to mitigate and adapt to global warming.

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Climate Change Impact on Forest Resources in California

March 2006

This study, produced by the California Climate Change Center, evaluates the impact of climate change on California’s forest resources by developing a case study for a mixed conifer forest in the northern Sierra Nevada. The research utilized data-driven modeling tools to project the effect of a changing climate on forest growth, forest yield, and tree mortality. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: John J. Battles, Timothy Robards, Adrian Das, Kristen Waring, J. Keith Gilless, Frieder Schurr, John LeBlanc, Gregory Biging, Clara Simon

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Climate Change Impacts on Water for Agriculture in California: A Case Study in the Sacramento Valley

March 2006

This study presents an application of the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system for California's Sacramento River Basin. The WEAP modeling system was used to evaluate the impact of four future climate scenarios on agricultural water management in the region, and to investigate whether water management adaptation could reduce potential impacts. This paper demonstrates how internalizing adaptation in a model that includes both the hydrologic and water management conditions associated with climate change can help assess potential tradeoffs in multi-objective water management systems.

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Mitigating New York City's Heat Island with Urban Forestry, Living Roofs, and Light Surfaces

January 30, 2006

This study uses a regional climate model (MM5) in combination with observed meteorological, satellite, and GIS data to determine the impact of mitigation strategies including urban forestry, living/green roofs, and light surfaces on surface and near-surface air temperature in the New York Metropolitan Region over space and time. The effects of localized changes in landsurface cover in six case study areas are evaluated in the context of regional atmospheric mixing. .

Authors or Affiliated Users: Cynthia Rosenzweig, William Solecki, Lily Parshall, Stuart Gaffin, Barry Lynn, Richard Goldberg, Jennifer Cox, Sara Hodges

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Pringle Creek (Salem, Oregon) Green Streets Initiative

2006

In 2006, the community of Pringle Creek, Oregon installed porous pavements on 100 percent of its streets, called its “Green Streets” iniative. The project combined a variety of green infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens and bioswales, with porous pavements to mitigate flooding of Pringle Creek streets during heavy precipitation events. The green infrastructure techniques used by the community are designed to return 90 percent of rainwater to the local aquifer, as opposed to flowing as runoff to community storm sewers.

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New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plan

2006

Congress charged each state and territory with developing a wildlife action plan in order to receive funds through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program. These proactive plans, known also as “Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies,” assess the health of each state’s wildlife and habitats, identify the problems they face, and outline the actions that are needed to conserve them over the long term.

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Impacts of a Warming Arctic: Arctic Climate Impact Assessment

2005

The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) is the first comprehensive, integrated assessment of climate change across the entire Arctic region. There are three reports supporting this Assessment:

Authors or Affiliated Users: Henry Huntington, Gunter Weller

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