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A Framework for Categorizing the Relative Vulnerability of Threatened and Endangered Species to Climate Change (External Review Draft)

November 2009

The framework presented in this report may be used to categorize the relative vulnerability of species to climate change. There are four modules that compose this framework. These modules walk the user through a systematic process for (1) categorizing a species’ baseline vulnerability to extinction or major population reduction, (2) categorizing a species’ vulnerability to future climate change, (3) developing a matrix that provides an overall score of the species’ vulnerability to non-climate and climate change stressors, and (4) qualitatively determining the uncertainty in the estimate of a species’ vulnerability.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Hector Galbraith, Jeff Price

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Environmental Health Indicators of Climate Change in the United States: Findings from the State Environmental Health Indicator Collaborative

November 2009

This article, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, presents research on the public health impacts of climate change. The report describes surveillance indicators for practitioners and policy makers that include climate-sensitive health outcomes and environmental and vulnerability indicators, as well as mitigation, adaptation, and policy indicators of climate change. The report's environmental health indicators can serve as inputs into human health vulnerability assessments and be used in public health actions.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Paul B. English, Amber H. Sinclair, Zev Ross, Henry Anderson, Vicki Boothe, Christine Davis, Kristie L. Ebi, Betsy Kagey, Kristen Malecki, Rebecca Shultz, Erin Simms

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EPA's Top 10 Ways Utilities Can Save Water, Energy, and Money While Preparing for Climate Change

November 2009

This handout produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides the top ten strategies utilities can use to prepare for climate change, including pages for notes after each tip. According to the guide, the most important step is to update "your" emergency response plan - utilizing the findings from the other 9 strategies. 

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Virginia Strategy for Safeguarding Species of Greatest Conservation Need from the Effects of Climate Change

November 2009

From the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Conservation Network, and the National Wildlife Federation, this report is to be appended to Virginia's Wildlife Action Plan. It forms the basis for wildlife inventory and conservation planning; supplementing the state wildlife action plan which did not address climate change.

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Voluntary Guidance for States to Incorporate Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans & Other Management Plans

November 2009

This document provides voluntary guidance that can be used by state fish and wildlife agencies to better incorporate current and expected impacts of climate change into Wildlife Action Plans. The report presents steps for developing a wildlife adaptation strategy, the process for revising state Wildlife Action Plans, and tools to support the planning and implementation process, including vulnerability assessments and monitoring. Relevant case studies are included in each chapter.

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Adapting to Climate Change in Ontario

November 2009

This report provides a comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts for the Province of Ontario, Canada, and proposes potential strategies to address these impacts.

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State and Local Governments Plan for Development of Most Land Vulnerable to Rising Sea Level along the U.S. Atlantic Coast

October 27, 2009

Based on the analysis of planning data and current policies of 131 state and local land use plans from Massachusetts to Florida, the study identifies those coastal areas likely to be affected by rising water levels and classifies them based on the extent of development already in place and the potential for future development. The report explains that the existing extensive development on the Atlantic coast creates the need for coastal protective structures, which could negatively impact wetlands.

Authors or Affiliated Users: J.G. Titus, D.E. Hudgens, D.L. Trescott, M. Craghan, W.H. Nuckols, C.H. Hershner, J.M. Kassakian, C.J. Linn, P.G. Merritt, T.M. McCue, J.F. O'Connell, J. Tanski, J. Wang

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Climate Change and The Economy: Expected Impacts and Their Implications

October 27, 2009

A series of climate change impact studies was undertaken by researchers at universities around the U.S. to evaluate economic costs related to particular climate-sensitive resources. This publication assembles six of these studies, with a focus on water resources in New Mexico; forests in Tennessee, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming; infrastructure in Alaska; and coastlines in Florida, North Carolina and Texas.

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Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee: Potential Strategies

October 20, 2009

This set of subcommittee briefings to the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee provides potential adaptation strategies for coastal zones and oceans, human health and welfare (including water quality), key infrastructure, local economy and government, natural resources and habitat, and land use. In addition to these issue-specific strategies, the report offers general strategies such as updated hazard mapping, increased financial support for adaptation programs, and revised regulatory and design requirements.

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Ohio State University Changing Climate Webinars

October 20, 2009

The Ohio State University Climate Outreach Team provides monthly webinars on the topic of climate change that are intended to help localize the issue and share research and resources. Many, but certainly not all, of the webinars available are focused on the Great Lakes region. All webinars are archived and accessible to the public.

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