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Climate Change in Park City, Utah: An Assessment of Climate, Snowpack, and Economic Impacts

September 29, 2009

This study examines how the snowpack at the Park City ski area, in the Wasatch Mountains of north central Utah, may be impacted by climate change, and how the regional economy could subsequently be impacted because of changes in winter tourism. The research and analysis was provided by Stratus Consulting for the Park City Foundation - a community foundation that promotes philanthropy, and partners with the nonprofit community to strengthen the greater Park City region.

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Impacts of Climate Change on Forests of the Northern Rocky Mountains

September 29, 2009

The forests of the northern Rocky Mountains are projected to have severe impacts from climate change. These impacts are summarized in this report in an accessible format intended for distribution to the general public. The study was conducted by the College of Forest Resources at the University of Montana and funded by a grant from the National Commission on Energy Policy, a project of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steven W. Running, Celine Boisvenue, Ryan Anderson, Tom Power

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5-Year Action Plan for Implementing the Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change in the 21st Century (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

September 21, 2009

To address the impacts of climate change, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service developed a strategic plan, "Rising to the Urgent Challenges of a Changing Climate," (see separate entry) which establishes a basic framework from which the Service and their employees can work with the larger conservation community to help ensure the sustainability of fish, wildlife and their habitats.

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San Francisco Bay: Preparing for the Next Level

September 21, 2009

This report details the results of a pilot project in which researchers from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and the Netherlands (as part of the Delta Alliance) came together to study possible adaptation measures to address sea-level rise in the Bay.

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Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities

September 9, 2009

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the International City/County Management Association, and Rhode Island Sea Grant, jointly released "Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities," intended for planners, local government officials, developers, residents, and other stakeholders. Developed in consultation with the national Smart Growth Network, the interagency guide builds on the network's ten smart growth principles to create coastal and waterfront-specific strategies for development.

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Responding to Climate Change: Working Together to Conserve Land, Wildlife and Habitat

September 2009

On November 15, 2008, 10 organizations consisting of non-profits and Massachusetts state agencies sponsored a conference at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts. The conference, "Responding to Climate Change: Working Together to Conserve Land, Wildlife and Habitat," was the first of its kind in the Commonwealth and in the nation. The conference brought together nearly 200 conservation leaders from across 60 organizations, including scientists, land stewards, hunters, anglers, government officials, advocates, foundation officers, and policy-makers.

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Shaping Climate Resilient Development - A Framework for Decision-Making

September 2009

This report is based on the initial findings of a study by the Economics of Climate Adaptation Working Group (ECA), a partnership between the Global Environment Facility, McKinsey & Company, Swiss Re, the Rockefeller Foundation, ClimateWorks Foundation, the European Commission, and Standard Chartered Bank. Focusing specifically on the economic aspects of adaptation, the report outlines a fact-based risk management approach to use to understand the impact of climate on their economies – and identify actions to minimize that impact at the lowest cost to society.

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Climate Change Impacts on Florida (with a specific look at groundwater impacts)

September 2009

This article discusses the impact of climate change on Florida's hydrologic cycle and groundwater.

Author or Affiliated User: Frederick Bloetscher

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Niches, models, and climate change: Assessing the assumptions and uncertainties

August 28, 2009

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, this paper provides a brief perspective on “ecological niches” - describing how niche thinking and modeling have been used to project changes in the distributions of species, and assessing several related assumptions and uncertainties. These areas are illustrated using examples from research on California birds. The paper concludes with an assessment the usefulness of niche-based models for projecting climate-change impacts on biodiversity and the resulting implications for conservation and management.

Authors or Affiliated Users: John A. Wiens, Diana Stralberg, Dennis Jongsomjit, Christine A. Howell, Mark A. Snyder

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New York State Executive Order 24: Establishing a Goal to Reduce GHG Emissions 80% by 2050 and Preparing a Climate Action Plan

August 6, 2009

In August 2009, Governor Patterson signed Executive Order 24 to address climate change in the State of New York.  EO 24 established a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state, as well as requiring a Climate Action Plan to address both mitigation and adaptation for key economic sectors.

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