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King County, Washington Climate Report 2009

2009

The 2009 King County Climate Report documents actions during the previous year that implement the 2007 King County Climate Plan. It also gives an overview of anticipated activities for 2010. The report outlines progress and plans in four key areas: leadership, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and assessment.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Climate Change: A Serious Threat to Public Health

2009

This brief fact sheet presents the key findings and analysis from a survey of 57 state and territorial governments regarding current activities and programs designed to address the public health consequences of climate change. The survey focused on the current climate change practices, perceptions, and resource needs of state and territorial health agencies. The responses presented in this fact sheet indicate a belief among most respondents that climate change will pose serious health problems to their state or territory.

Related Organizations: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) - Climate Change Collaborative

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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FIT Virtual Climate Adaptation Library

The Virtual Climate Adaptation Library, provided by the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), is a free online database built to foster advances in adaptation planning for sea level rise. FIT's goal for the virtual library is to maintain and expand cloud computing archives on planning and adaptation for coastal change at local through international scales.   Over 650 reports and articles are within 13 regional directories and more than 80 subdirectories.   English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, French and Arabic information is currently represented.

Related Organizations: Florida Institute of Technology

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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City of Seattle, Washington Stormwater Code

2009

The City of Seattle, Washington’s stormwater regulations are implemented in order to improve stormwater management for new development in Seattle, including on-site stormwater management. Seattle’s Stormwater Code imposes retention requirements on residential properties.   These requirements vary according to several factors, including the type of sewer system or water body to which the site discharges and the size of the land disturbance or impervious surface on that site.   For example, if a parcel discharges into small lake basins and its total new-plus-replaced impervious surface is 2000 square feet or more, it must manage stormwater from a 25-year rainfall event (a storm that has a 4% chance of occurring in any given year).

Related Organizations: City of Seattle, Washington

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Resilient Coasts: A Blueprint for Action

2009

Produced by Ceres and the Heinz Center, this report outlines cost effective steps that can be taken to reduce risks and better protect coastal areas threatened by climate change impacts. The Blueprint states basic principles fundamental to coastal resiliency in the face of intensifying hazards and suggests strategies for climate change adaptation.  

Related Organizations: The Heinz Center, Ceres

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Rising Waters: Helping Hudson River Communities Adapt to Climate Change Scenario Planning 2010-2030, Final Report

2009

The Rising Waters project aims to strengthen the preparedness and adaptive capacity of the Hudson River Estuary Watershed to meet the impacts of future climate change. To help local communities of the Hudson Valley to prepare for climate impacts, the Rising Waters project used scenario planning methodologies to educate participants on important aspects of complicated problems and build a shared conceptual framework for dialogue leading to potential solutions. The report overviews the key climate risks for the region, and describes the multi-stakeholder convening process, scenario planning, and resiliency framework development.

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Sustainable Water Systems: Step One-Redefining the Nation's Infrastructure Challenge

2009

This study examines the challenges that the drinking water and wastewater systems of the U.S. face in maintaining and replacing their pipes, treatment plants, and other critical infrastructure. The report offers policy recommendations, key principles of sustainable water infrastructure, and guiding elements of water management in light of climate change. This resource is applicable to water management at all levels.

Related Organizations: The Aspen Institute

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Mapping Urban Risk: Flood Hazards, Race, and Environmental Justice in New York

January 1, 2009

This paper applies a more nuanced method for mapping population data to estimate the number of people potentially impacted by flood hazards in New York City.  The authors find that the number of people living in the floodplain in New York City is undercounted by traditional mapping methods by 37-72% compared to their method, and that this undercounting was not evenly spread across racial and ethnic groups. The paper also provides a literature review that outlines: why and how various groups of people may be impacted differently by the same disaster event, a review of environmental justice more broadly, and an overview of flood hazards in the U.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Juliana Mantaay, Andrew Maroko

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change

2009

The Committee on Strategic Advice on the U. S. Climate Change Science Program and National Research Council published this book acknowledging that policy decisions are already being made to limit or adapt to climate change and its impacts, but recognizing there is a need for greater integration between science and decision making.   This book proposes six priorities for restructuring the United States Climate Change Research Program to develop a more robust knowledge base and support informed responses.

Related Organizations: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

2009

Developed by the National Academies of Sciences, this site links to the 28 page companion illustrated booklet of the full report from the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Ecological Impacts of Climate Change.

Related Organizations: National Academy of Sciences, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Author or Affiliated User: Javier Saborio

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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