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Flammable Planet: Wildfires and the Social Cost of Carbon

September 16, 2014

This report focuses on identifying the potential magnitude of wildfire damages from climate change, and provides the first estimate of the future economic costs of wildfires that will be magnified by climate change.

Related Organizations: Institute for Policy Integrity, NYU School of Law, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Author or Affiliated User: Peter Howard

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Audubon Birds and Climate Change Report

September 8, 2014

This report from the National Audubon Society presents the results of a seven year scientific study predicting the potential impact of climate change on 588 North American bird species. Based on four decades of bird census data, this is the broadest and most detailed study of its kind, and according to Audubon, “it’s the closest thing we have to a field guide to the future of North American birds.”

Related Organizations: National Audubon Society

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State of the Climate: New Jersey

September 2014

From the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance and Rutgers Climate Institute, “State of the Climate: New Jersey” provides an overview of recent climate events and trends, their impacts, and their implications for the future of New Jersey. The report highlights climate impacts as related to temperature, precipitation and sea level rise for the state.

Related Organizations: Rutgers University, New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

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CDC: Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Change - A Guide for Health Departments

July 16, 2014

This guidance document from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Climate and Health Program Technical Report Series is designed to support health departments in assessing local vulnerabilities to health hazards associated with climate change.

Related Organizations: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Arie Ponce Manangan, Christopher K. Uejio, Shubhayu Saha, Paul J. Schramm, Gino D. Marinucci, Jeremy J. Hess, George Luber

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The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes

July 11, 2014

‘The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012’ describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate, and water-related disasters and highlights measures to increase resilience. The report considers the importance of historical, geo-referenced information about deaths and damages to estimate risks before the next disaster occurs. This information is intended to support practical decisions on reducing potential impacts by, for example, improved early warning systems, retrofitting critical infrastructure, or enforcing new building codes.

Related Organizations: World Meteorological Organization (WMO) , Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL)

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Severe Weather and Manufacturing in America: Comparing the cost of drought, storms, and extreme temperatures with the cost of new EPA standards

June 2014

This analysis compares the cost of the new EPA mandated reforms on energy standards intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants 30% by 2030, with the costs manufacturers ultimately face from the impacts of severe weather. The Business Forward Foundation puts these numbers into perspective by examining automotive manufacturing - the largest industrial sector in the U.S.

Related Organizations: Business Forward Foundation

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National Climate Assessment

May 6, 2014

The U. S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has a legal mandate to conduct a National Climate Assessment (NCA) every four years, the third and most recent of which was released in May 2014. Summarizing current and future climate change impacts across the nation, the NCA is the most comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts ever conducted in the U. S.   The new report is presented on a highly interactive website, with a stunning visual presentation, intended to fully engage the general public along with decision-makers.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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State of the Forest 2014 Report: Roaring Fork Watershed, Colorado

April 3, 2014

From the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), the 2014 State of the Forest Report presents an in-depth look at the health of regional forests, including climatic factors and insect and disease infestations currently impacting local forests. This graphically-rich magazine style report is intended to help inform policy that promotes managing for healthy forests by federal, state, and local governments as well as NGOs and private citizens living in and around the wildland-urban interface.

Related Organizations: Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) - Colorado

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A Geospatial Dataset for U.S. Hurricane Storm Surge and Sea-level Rise Vulnerability: Development and Case Study Applications

April 2014

Published in the ‘Climate Risk Management’ journal, this study presents the results of an effort to develop storm surge inundation layers for the eastern U.S. - a first pass assessment of exposure to hurricane storm surge and sea-level rise for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. The results include multiple inundation mapping overlays reflecting both hurricanes of different intensities as well as various scenarios of sea-level rise.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Megan C. Maloney, Benjamin L. Preston

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The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems

April 2014

The Center for American Progress (CAP) and Oxfam America collaborated with a research team to identify and analyze 3 coastal restoration sites of the 50 that NOAA funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A detailed economic analysis of three sites was produced that exemplify the potential economic benefits of coastal restoration. The sites analyzed for the report are an oyster reef and sea grass restoration project in the Seaside Bays of Virginia, an oyster reef project in Mobile Bay, Alabama, and salt marsh restoration in San Francisco Bay, California.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress, Oxfam America

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael Conathan, Jeffrey Buchanan, Shiva Polefka

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