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Maryland Climate Change Insurance Advisory Committee Report

2010

Maryland’s 2008 Climate Action Plan, the "Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change – Phase I: Sea-level rise and coastal storms," established a recommendation to create an advisory committee to “advise the State of the risks that climate change poses to the availability and affordability of insurance” to consumers and business in Maryland. The Climate Change Insurance Advisory Committee was subsequently created and issued this report in 2010 to implement the recommendation.

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Ocean Acidification: A National Strategy to Meet the Challenges of a Changing Ocean

2010

Evidence suggests ocean acidification will have negative effects on corals, shellfish, and other marine life, with wide-ranging consequences for ecosystems, fisheries, and tourism. This report, requested by Congress, reviews the effects of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, the chemistry of seawater, and the physiology of marine organisms. The report reviews the current state of knowledge and identifies gaps in understanding, and provides scientific advice to help guide the national ocean acidification research program.

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Climate Change Adaptation: Fostering Progress Through Law and Regulation

2010

Using New York City as an example, and drawing on work done by the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), this article discusses additional measures the city can take to prepare for climate change impacts.  According to the authors, this article focuses on "the use of law to foster and to remove impediments to adaptation," and provides suggestions that are intended to further the City’s planning process, as well as represent areas of possible consideration for other municipalities.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Edna Sussman, David C. Major, Rachel Deming, Pamela R. Esterman, Adeeb Fadil, Amy Fisher, Fred Fucci, Roberta Gordon, Caroline Harris, J. Kevin Healy, Cullen Howe, Kathy Robb, Jeff Smith

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Climate Action Plans and Long-Range Transportation Plans in the Pacific Northwest: a review of the state of practice

2010

Using online research and a survey, the authors of this report evaluated if and how agencies in the Pacific Northwest are preparing for climate change in their climate action plans (CAPs). Additionally, the report indicates if the goals and recommendations of CAPs are reflected in long-range transportation planning (LRTP) documents; providing examples of how CAPs can better support transportation planners. This report includes a discussion of projected climate change impacts on surface transportation infrastructure and operations by state.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lindsay Walker, Miguel A. Figliozzi, Ashley R. Haire, John MacArthur

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Chicago Green Alley Handbook

2010

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) authored the Green Alley Handbook to encourage the use of best management practices (BMPs) in and around Chicago alleyways and to address impacts to the city’s infrastructure likely to result from projected increases in precipitation and temperature. The handbook promotes sustainable alley design and adjacent landscaping practices to help reduce flooding and manage stormwater, reduce urban heat, promote recycling, and conserve energy.  

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Climate Change Preparation Planning on National Landscape Conservation System Lands: Recommendations for Direction and Approach

January 2010

This report provides specific recommendations are provided for Conservation System managers as they incorporate climate change impacts into planning documents and management strategies. The guidance was designed to help agencies, primarily the Bureau of Land Management, to develop planning frameworks that were to be implemented starting in 2010.

Author or Affiliated User: Marni E. Koopman

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Better Assessment Science Integrating point & Non-point Sources (BASINS)

BASINS (Better Assessment Science Integrating point and Non-point Sources) is a multipurpose environmental analysis system designed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help regions, states, and local agencies develop cost-effective approaches to watershed management and environmental protection.

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USFWS National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) provides training opportunities for FWS staff to increase their  knowledge of climate science and climate change as they relate to resource management. NCTC also partners with others to bring field scientists and practitioners new learning opportunities in the form of on-line courses, workshops, and webinars. While some courses are specifically designed for Fish and Wildlife Service employees, most are relevant to any conservation professional.

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Americans' Knowledge of Climate Change

2010

The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, conducted a national study of what Americans understand about how the climate system works and the causes, impacts, and potential solutions to global warming.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Anthony Leiserowitz, Nicholas Smith, Jennifer R. Maron

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Maryland Update to the Governor and General Assembly

January 2010

The report summarizes implementation progress of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change policy recommendations as identified in the state's 2008 Climate Action Plan. The Climate Action Plan contains 19 policy recommendations that focus on climate change adaptation, primarily for sea-level rise and coastal storm surge -  from both the Mitigation Working Group's (MWG) and the Adaptation Response Working Groups' (ARWG). For each of the recommendations brief updates are provided, including any institutional, regulatory or legislative actions.

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