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Climate Adaptation in the Agricultural Sector: Lessons from Vermont

November 2, 2017

This report from the Georgetown Climate Center describes climate-smart agricultural practices and efforts states can take to help farms prepare for climate change impacts. The report also includes a case study of how the State of Vermont supported adaptation in the agricultural sector after Hurricane Irene in 2011, which may be helpful to states and communities recovering from recent storms. The report was authored by Deborah Markowitz, former Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Deb Markowitz

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado

November 2017

From  the Colorado Department of Local Affairs this guide is intended to help Colorado communities better protect residents and property by integrating resilience principles into their plans, codes, and policies. Detailed example strategies are provided for counties and municipalities to address hazards, which are occurring more frequently in the state, in part due to climate change. The guide is also available in an online format with enhanced navigational features that make it more easily accessible.

Related Organizations: Colorado Department of Local Affairs

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Fourth Regional Plan for NY-NJ-CT metro region

November 2017

The Regional Plan Association prepared this strategic plan for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area. The fourth plan for the region is a long-term strategy that focuses on four core values of equity, prosperity, health, and sustainability. The plan identifies financing for new resilient infrastructure, expands the transit network, builds more green infrastructure for climate adaptation, and invests in communities economic growth and sustainability. 

Related Organizations: Regional Plan Association

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Monitoring and Evaluation in Climate Change Adaptation Projects: Highlights for Conservation Practitioners

2017

Monitoring and evaluation of implemented projects plays a pivotal role in conservation, and is important while having additional challenges for climate adaptation projects. This report from the Wildlife Conservation Society offers context and considerations around the process of monitoring and evaluation of climate adaptation projects.

Related Organizations: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Ripple Effects: Colorado's Water Plan in Action 2017

November 2017

Ripple Effects: Colorado’s Water Plan is a 2017 update on implementation of the plan that was published by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) in 2015 - outlining two years of progress. Three main values are intended to guide the document: a productive economy, especially in the agricultural and tourism sectors; efficient water infrastructure; and a strong environment with healthy watersheds and wildlife. Many of the water plan’s objectives and strategies focused on climate change impacts to these focal sectors, and have been implemented according to this progress report.

Related Organizations: Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Post Hurricane Sandy Transportation Resilience Study in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut

October 2017

The Federal Highway Administration led a Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Study to inform ways to improve resilience of the tri-state New York - New Jersey - Connecticut region's transportation system and to inform disaster recovery efforts. The study, which began in 2013 and was completed in late 2017, involved a detailed assessment of the impacts and disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy as well as from several other extreme weather events occurring in the area in 2011, and analyzed vulnerability and risk to the tri-state transportation system at three different scales: regional (entire study area), subarea (corridor/small network), and facility.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) , New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), Greater Bridgeport, Connecticut Regional Council, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA)

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Alaska Order 289: Climate Change Strategy, Climate Action Leadership Team

October 31, 2017

Alaska Governor Bill Walker issued an administrative order establishing an Alaska Climate Change Strategy, and a Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team to advise on adaptation, mitigation, and other actions to help safeguard Alaska from climate impacts. The order aims to build on previous efforts and recommendations of the state relating to climate research and policy.

Related Organizations: State of Alaska

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change

October 30, 2017

The Lancet Countdown is an international, multidisciplinary research collaboration that has developed indicators to track the progress of climate change mitigation and adaptation in terms of public health globally. The analysis provides an assessment of the health effects of climate change, the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and the health implications of these actions on populations worldwide. In 2016 the Lancet Countdown proposed a set of potential indicators to be monitored, and coordinated a global analysis to define this conclusive set of indicators for 2017.

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Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning: Agency Roles and Workforce Development Needs

October 2017

Produced by researchers at the Transportation Research Center at University of Vermont, this report focuses on the capacity and needs of transportation agencies to engage in climate resilience and adaptation planning. In particular, the report points to workforce development needs that transportation agencies surveyed identified, and recommends ways to address these gaps so as to better advance adaptation and resilience planning at transportation agencies.

Related Organizations: National Center for Sustainable Transportation

Resource Category: Planning

 

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U.S. GAO report: Climate Change - Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure (GAO-17-720)

October 24, 2017

The U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has analyzed the current and long-term aggregate economic impacts of climate change on the U. S. , the methods utilized for climate economic impact assessments, and the accuracy of modeling these projections. GAO investigated the financial risks to the federal government, and this report also provides information about how these economic impacts could inform efforts to manage climate risks across the federal government. Ultimately, GAO concludes that “the federal government has not undertaken strategic, government-wide planning to manage climate risks, using the best available information, including information on the potential economic effects of climate change, to identify and assess significant risks.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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