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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)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Maryland HB 118: Bay Acidification Bill

May 5, 2014

Maryland's Bay Acidification Bill (House Bill 118), signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley in May 2014, taking effect July 1, 2014, creates a Task Force to evaluate and address the effects of ocean acidification and the changing chemistry in the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland waterways.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland, University of Maryland

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Maryland HB 615: Coast Smart Council Law

May 5, 2014

Maryland’s Coast Smart Council bill (House Bill 615) was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley on May 5, 2014; the law directs that all new and reconstructed State facilities be planned and built to avoid or minimize future flood damage. The law also creates the Coast Smart Council to oversee the state infrastructure projects.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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Maine LD 1602 – Establishes a Commission to study the impacts of ocean acidification in Maine

April 30, 2014

On April 30, 2014 Maine addressed the threat of ocean acidification with a new law: 'Resolve, Establishing the Commission to Study the Effects of Coastal and Ocean Acidification and Its Existing and Potential Effects on Species That Are Commercially Harvested and Grown along the Maine Coast. ’ The first of its kind on the East Coast, the law considers the impacts of rising carbon dioxide levels in the ocean on the ecosystem and on commercial shellfish grown and harvested along the Maine coast.

Related Organizations: State of Maine

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PlaNYC Progress Report: Sustainability and Resiliency 2014

April 22, 2014

New York City’s PlaNYC Progress Report 2014 provides an update of what progress has been made in the areas of sustainability and resiliency since PlaNYC was released in 2013. The initiatives discussed focus on New York City’s environment, providing more housing, improving public space, and improving the way the City’s infrastructure serves its residents, and increasing the City’s resiliency to extreme weather events and climate change. 

Related Organizations: City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Lafourche Parish, Louisiana Comprehensive Resiliency Plan

April 8, 2014

Lafourche Parish in coastal Louisiana created a comprehensive resiliency plan to guide economic development, transportation and land use investments in the parish for the next 20 years, as well as to strengthen local resiliency to natural disasters. In an effort to make wiser and more coordinated development decisions, Lafourche Parish, with the assistance of the Center for Planning Excellence and Office of Community Development, has collaborated with citizens and local businesses to produce this planning document that will provide a blueprint and recommendations for growth and development in Lafourche.

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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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One City, Rebuilding Together: A Report on the City of New York's Response to Hurricane Sandy and the Path Forward

April 2014

This report reviews New York City’s housing recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy through the “Build It Back” program. The report highlights actions already taken by the City to address existing concerns with the program and makes extensive recommendations for other changes, representing a major overhaul of currently active recovery programs. The city’s broader efforts around resiliency management and planning are described, as well as an updated strategy to improve New York’s recovery programs is provided.

Related Organizations: City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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City of Chicago Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy

April 2014

In 2014, Chicago, Illinois released its green stormwater infrastructure plan to improve the city’s water quality, reduce flood risks, and build climate resilience. With 26-miles of lakefront and 28-miles of riverfront, Chicago understands that water is both one of its greatest assets and largest sources of risk. This plan describes ways to integrate green techniques into Chicago’s well established, but already overtaxed stormwater system that will only become more burdened as climate change causes increased precipitation.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

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Great Lakes Restoration and Climate Change Symposium

April 2014

The purpose of the Great Lakes Restoration and Climate Change event was to convene Great Lakes leaders and climate experts to assess the range of impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes, and to develop policy-based strategies to integrate climate variation into future restoration and stewardship practices. Jenny Kehl, the director of the Center for Water Policy at University of Wisconsin’s School of Freshwater Sciences, spearheaded the meeting and action plan.

Related Organizations: University of Wisconsin

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