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Rocky Mountain Forests at Risk: Confronting Climate-driven Impacts from Insects, Wildfires, Heat and Drought

September 2014

This report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization documents the latest evidence on how climate change is already disrupting the forests of the Rocky Mountain region and what scientists project for the decades ahead - and suggests how to best address these challenges.

Related Organizations: Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

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Maryland and the Surging Sea: A Vulnerability Assessment with Projections for Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Risk

September 2014

Climate Central has launched the Surging Seas Risk Finder tool for the state of Maryland, along with this high-level summary report of findings on coastal flooding risk and sea level rise impacts for the state. The report presents some of the major categories and highlights, with a focus on exposure below 5 and 9 feet. The Surging Seas Risk Finder presents thousands of combinations of analysis results by geography, water level, and variable. The tool has much more detailed and localized findings for Maryland - accessible via: http://sealevel.

Related Organizations: Climate Central

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ben Strauss, C. Tebaldi, S. Kulp, S. Cutter, C. Emrich, Daniel Rizza, D. Yawit

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EPA Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

September 2014

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this guide to help drinking water and wastewater utilities become more resilient to flooding. In the approach, the utility would examine the threat of flooding, determine impacts to utility assets and identify cost-effective mitigation options. A simple, 4-step assessment process is outlined to help water utilities understand their flooding vulnerability and identify practical mitigation options to protect critical assets. The guide is particularly useful for small and medium utilities.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Summer in the City: Hot and Getting Hotter

August 20, 2014

In this report from Climate Central, the combined impacts of climate change and urban heat islands are described, as taken from analysis of 60 of the biggest cities across the U.S. The study looked at how much hotter the urban environments are compared to nearby rural areas, and how these temperature differences have been changing since 1970.

Related Organizations: Climate Central

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Ticked Off: America's Outdoor Experience and Climate Change

August 19, 2014

"Ticked Off " was produced by the National Wildlife Federation to detail how certain species of plants or animals are being directly impacted by climate change, as well as how those species in turn affect their ecosystems, and us. 

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

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Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, and the Highway System: Practitioner’s Guide and Research Report (NCHRP Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, Volume 2)

August 2014

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 750: Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, Volume 2: Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, and the Highway System: Practitioner’s Guide and Research Report provides guidance on adaptation strategies to the likely impacts of climate change through 2050 in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of infrastructure assets in the United States (and through 2100 for sea-level rise).

Related Organizations: Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies

Authors or Affiliated Users: Chris Dorney, Michael Flood, Robert Hyman, Jake Keller, Ken Leonard, Justin Lennon, Gary McVoy, Michael Meyer, Joel Smith

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Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation (2014)

August 2014

The Climate Change in Colorado report is a synthesis of climate science relevant for management and planning for Colorado’s water resources. It focuses on observed climate trends, climate modeling, and projections of temperature, precipitation, snowpack, and streamflow. The 2014 report is a thorough revision and expansion of the 2008 report of the same name, also produced by the Western Water Assessment in partnership with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB).

Related Organizations: Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA

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Designing with Water: Creative Solutions from Around the Globe

August 1, 2014

Developed by The Boston Harbor Association (TBHA) and Sasaki Associates, this report focuses on urban design solutions to sea level rise resulting from climate change. Designing with Water provides Boston-relevant case studies and innovative designs for city planners and developers to adapt to flooding and enhance urban resiliency. The report is the second in the Preparing for the Rising Tides series, which the TBHA first released in 2013, assessing the neighborhood-level sea level rise flooding risk to Boston.

Related Organizations: The Boston Harbor Assocation

Author or Affiliated User: Julie Wormser

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Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk - 2014 Update to the 2009 CA Climate Adaptation Strategy

July 31, 2014

The California Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with other state agencies, updated the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy in 2014 and again in 2018. The 2014 Safeguarding California Plan augments previously identified strategies in light of advances in climate science and risk management options.

Related Organizations: California Natural Resources Agency

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Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014 (Washington D.C.)

July 29, 2014

Two major packages of legislation directly supporting Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s 'Sustainable DC' initiative have been adopted. The ‘Sustainable DC Act of 2012’ was signed into law January 2013, and the ‘Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014’ on July 29, 2014.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC, District of Columbia

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