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Adapting to Climate Change: A Business Approach

April 2008

From the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES, formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), this report outlines a sensible business approach to analyzing and adapting to the physical risks of climate change. The paper focuses on a critical first step in assessing these climate impacts: understanding the potential risks to business and the importance of taking action to mitigate those risks.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Frances G. Sussman, J. Randall Freed

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The Effects of Climate Change on American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes

2008

This article discusses how the U. S. can do a better job of addressing tribes in climate policy, given the unique risks tribes face and the unique legal structures that govern tribes.  As the safety, culture, and economies of many tribes are threatened along with the environment, the authors argue that the needs of tribes must be taken into account, and that tribes need to be at the table. Recommendations are made on how tribes can better fit into the existing policy and governance landscape, "both within the framework of federal law and through the exercise of tribal sovereignty.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel Cordalis, Dean Suagee

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NWF Climate-Smart Communities Program

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Climate-Smart Communities program helps cities and towns use nature-based approaches to prepare themselves for the impacts of climate change in ways that support people, wildlife, and habitat. The program aims to prepare communities for climate impacts; refrain from responses that are maladaptive for wildlife; and prepare for extreme weather such as heat waves, drought, wildfires, water shortages, flooding, sea level rise, and more. 

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Chicago Area Climate Change Quick Guide: Adapting to the Physical Impacts of Climate Change - for municipalities and other organizations

March 2008

This document is a summary of a report on preparing the city of Chicago for climate change. It is one in a series of reports on this topic commissioned by the Chicago Climate Task Force, and was used by the Task Force in developing the Chicago Climate Action Plan. This summary report also shows the municipalities and businesses why taking action to prepare for climate change is important, and explains how to take action.

Author or Affiliated User: Julia Parzen

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Preparing for the Storm: Recommendations for Management of Risk from Coastal Hazards in Massachusetts

May 2007

Launched by the Romney Administration and the state legislature in 2006, the role of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management's Coastal Hazards Commission (CHC) is to review existing coastal hazards practices and policies, identify data and information gaps, and make recommendations for administrative, regulatory, and statutory changes. The Commission released this report to summarize its findings after it reviewed coastal hazards associated with sea-level rise, hurricanes, northeasters and reduced sediment supply; moreover, it evaluated existing policies, potential knowledge gaps, and developed potential adaptation policies.

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Massachusetts StormSmart Coasts Program

2008

StormSmart Coasts is a program for coastal management decision makers and communities, providing the latest and best information on coastal weather and climate hazards. The successful launch of the Massachusetts StormSmart Coasts initiative in 2008 led to the development of a national network in 2009. The network is a partnership of coastal decision makers supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, Northeast Regional Ocean Council, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, and others which represent the StormSmart Coasts Network.

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California Dept. of Fish and Game Climate Science Program

2008

The California Department of Fish and Game's (DFG’s) mission is 'to manage California’s diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and their use and enjoyment by the public. ' The Climate Science Program was created in 2008 as part of the Climate Science and Renewable Energy Branch to help the Department address climate change, in support of this mission. The Program is designed to minimize the negative effects of climate change through the development of adaptation and mitigation measures, policies, and practices that provide clear benefits to the state’s fish, wildlife, and terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

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A Sustainable Path: Meeting Nevada's Water and Energy Demands

2008

In this report, Western Resource Advocates (WRA) assess future water demands for municipal water use, agricultural water use, and water use in electricity generation for Nevada. Under several scenarios, the water demands in each sector are projected for 2015 and 2030. The scenarios developed include alternate scenarios that demonstrate the positive impact of water use efficiency, energy efficiency, and renewable sources of energy. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stacy Tellinghuisen, David Berry, Bart Miller, Taryn Hutchins-Cabibi, Charles Benjamin, Nicole Theerasatiankul

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Healing Troubled Waters: Preparing Trout and Salmon Habitat for a Changing Climate

October 2007

Trout Unlimited's report, Healing Troubled Waters, explains how climate change will impact trout and salmon populations and the waters in which they live. Based on research by Trout Unlimited scientists, the report provides recommendations for what can be done to help fish and rivers withstand these changes.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jack E. Williams, Amy L. Haak, Nathaniel G. Gillespie, Helen M. Neville, Warren T. Colyer

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Transfer of Development Rights in U.S. Communities: Evaluating Program Design, Implementation, and Outcomes

September 2007

In September 2007, Resources for the Future and the University of Maryland – Baltimore County partnered to evaluate the design, implementation, and outcomes of Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) programs in communities across the U. S. The report is the result of a comprehensive research study involving conversations with local planners, consultants, land-use attorneys, and land trusts in the case study of several communities. The report offers an overview of land preservation, zoning, and TDRs in the U.

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