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Adapting to Climate Change - A Call for Federal Leadership

March 2010

This report discusses the federal government’s importance in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change on the U. S. economy and domestic natural resources. This report presents analysis and recommendations for creating a National Adaptation Program in the U. S. federal government, including a suggested organizational structure and key federal roles. The recommended program has three major components: an Adaptation Strategic Planning Initiative, a National Climate Service, and an Adaptation Research Program.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joel B. Smith, Jason M. Vogel, Terri L. Cruce, Stephen Seidel, Heather A. Holsinger

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EC PREPARED Enabling Change Project

February 2010

The European Commission (EC) supported the Collaborative project "PREPARED Enabling Change" (PREPARED), which worked with a group of European urban water utilities to develop strategies to address potential climate change impacts on the water and sanitation sectors.

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Weathering Climate Change: Framing Strategies to Minimize Impacts on Pennsylvania Ecosystems and Wildlife

March 24, 2010

As an initial effort to inform Pennsylvania’s climate adaptation planning process, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and The Nature Conservancy interviewed stakeholders from state and federal natural resource management agencies, research institutions, and environmental non-profit organizations. The findings from the interviews are presented in this report subtitled: “Perspectives from Conservation Leaders and Experts on Climate Change Adaptation.

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An Action Plan for Public Health: Initial Recommendations for Involving Public Health in Climate Change Policy

April 1, 2010

Public Health Law and Policy, a non-profit organization focused on building healthy communities in the U. S. , gathered a diverse group of more than 150 participants for a multi-disciplinary exchange of ideas and strategies with the goal of better engaging public health networks and agencies in climate change work. This Action Plan presents a synthesis of those recommendations and priorities. Although developed for the state of California's public health system, the recommendations are largely applicable to any state.

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California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) – Green Technologies for Reducing Slope Erosion

January 28, 2010

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Division of Research and Innovation conducted a Preliminary Investigation (PI) to identify strategies for reducing roadside slope erosion and preventing costly slope failures as climate change alters patterns of precipitation in California. The PI found that in general, California is a leader in erosion control and stormwater management, but recommended follow-up research on the effectiveness of specific plants or “green” products that may enhance or improve the nature-based methods for stabilizing slopes that California has already begun to implement.

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Lenexa, Kansas Rain to Recreation Program

Lenexa, Kansas funded a robust green infrastructure program - "Rain to Recreation" - by pairing the city's Storm Systems Development Charge (a 1/8 cent sales tax) and a capital development charge, along with available sources of local, state and federal funding. Combining multiple sources of funding enables Lenexa to have more long-term and sustainable funding for this program. The Rain to Recreation Program stormwater management approach integrates the community by creating recreational opportunities, while addressing flood control and water quality issues.

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Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Protection

2010

This report, from the World Bank and the United Nations, examines the steps that national governments and individuals can take to mitigate the damage of extreme weather events, such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, and storms. The report is the culmination of a two-year effort by 70 experts from various disciplines and institutions, primarily economists but also climate scientists, geographers, political scientists, and psychologists.

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Chicago Green Alley Handbook

2010

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) authored the Green Alley Handbook to encourage the use of best management practices (BMPs) in and around Chicago alleyways and to address impacts to the city’s infrastructure likely to result from projected increases in precipitation and temperature. The handbook promotes sustainable alley design and adjacent landscaping practices to help reduce flooding and manage stormwater, reduce urban heat, promote recycling, and conserve energy.  

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Rainscaping Iowa - Permeable Pavement Projects

2010

Rainscaping Iowa, an educational campaign that promotes urban stormwater management practices, encourages the use of permeable pavement by featuring successful installations in the state. By gathering feedback on previous projects, Rainscaping Iowa simultaneously highlights the environmental benefits of permeable surfaces and provides lessons for future installations and maintenance. Importantly, the campaign’s literature describes how permeable paving surfaces can help reduce runoff and improve water quality in the face of changing precipitation and increasing heavy rainfall events.

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America's Climate Choices: Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change

2010

This volume in the America's Climate Choices series describes activities, strategies, and tools for informing decision makers about climate change and helping them plan and execute effective responses.  The report describes the different types of climate change-related decisions and actions being taken at various levels and in different sectors and regions; and it develops a framework, tools, and practical advice for ensuring that the best available technical knowledge about climate change is used to inform these decisions and actions.

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