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Preparing for Climate Change: A Perspective from Local Public Health Officers in California

April 2009

This report presents the results of a survey of California's local public health officers, conducted between August and October 2007. The survey assessed health officers' concerns about the public health impacts of climate change, their familiarity with programs currently in place that could help to mitigate these health effects, and their information and resource needs to better cope with a changing climate. .

Related Organizations: Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Author or Affiliated User: Louise Bedsworth

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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A Review of Climate-Change Adaptation Strategies for Wildlife Management and Biodiversity Conservation

March 4, 2009

This report describes observed and potential effects of global climate change on species and ecosystems. It reviews climate change adaptation plans and other planning approaches from the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, and South Africa. The report also includes sixteen possible adaptation strategies, all proposed in scientific literature and public policy documents, that directly address the conservation of biological diversity. These strategies are grouped into four broad categories: land and water protection and management, direct species management, monitoring and planning, and law and policy.

Related Organizations: The Heinz Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jonathan R. Mawdsley, Robin O'Malley, Dennis S. Ojima

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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New Hampshire Climate Action Plan: A Plan for New Hampshire's Energy, Environmental and Economic Development Future

March 2009

The New Hampshire Climate Change Policy Task Force released its Climate Action Plan in March 2009, addressing both mitigation and adaptation. In this report, 67 recommended actions are organized within 10 strategies, of which one strategy is to "Plan for how to address existing and potential climate change impacts."

Related Organizations: New Hampshire Climate Change Policy Task Force, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science - A Guide for Individuals and Communities

March 2009

From the U. S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), "The Essential Principles of Climate Science" presents important introductory information about the Earth's climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches for adapting and mitigating change. This climate science literacy guide identifies the essential principles and fundamental concepts for individuals and communities to understand the Earth’s climate system. It intends to improve the ability to make informed decisions about activities that increase vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, and to take the steps to reduce those vulnerabilities.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Preparing for Climate Change in the Upper Willamette River Basin of Western Oregon: Co-Beneficial Planning for Communities and Ecosystems

March 2009

In the fall of 2008, the Climate Leadership Initiative (CLI) and the National Center for Conservation Science & Policy (NCCSP) (now the GEOS Institute), in partnership with the Mapped Atmosphere-Plant-Soil-System (MAPSS) Team at the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, initiated a project to assess the likely consequences of climate change for the Upper Willamette River Basin.

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, University of Oregon, Climate Leadership Initiative, Geos Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Bob Doppelt, Roger Hamilton, Cindy Deacon Williams, Marni Koopman, Stacy Vynne

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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The Impact of Climate Change on California's Ecosystem Services

March 2009

Climate change impacts on the natural provision of biodiversity and four key ecosystem services in California (carbon sequestration, forage production, water for instream flows for salmon, and snow recreation), and the resulting change in market and non. market values of each service, are presented in this report.   Specifically, the study considers the effect of climate change on the social cost and the market value of carbon sequestration, the profits associated with the production of natural forage, and the consumer surplus of skiing and salmon fishing.

Related Organizations: University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Oregon State University, The Ocean Foundation, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: M. Rebecca Shaw, Linwood Pendleton, Dick Cameron, Belinda Morris, Greg Bratman, Dominique Bachelet, Kirk Klausmeyer, Jason MacKenzie, Dave Conklin, James Lenihan, Erik Haunreiter, Chris Daly

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Michigan Climate Action Plan

March 2009

The Michigan Climate Action Plan (CAP), produced by the Michigan Climate Action Council (MCAC), provides greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast, recommended emission reduction goals, and advice for state and local governments on measures to address climate change.

Related Organizations: Michigan Climate Action Council (MCAC)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Dallas Urban Heat Island

March 2009

This report describes urban heat island effects on Dallas, Texas, and options that could be implemented to help reduce these effects. It summarizes the goals, costs, benefits, actions, and incentives that Dallas has available to cool the city. These include: (1) expanded use and care of trees and vegetation, (2) cool (reflective) and green roofs, and (3) cool or permeable paving strategies that can help cool the city and address storm water issues.

Related Organizations: Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Facing Our Future - Adapting to Connecticut's Changing Climate

March 2009

In March 2009, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection published a series of eight sector-based reports; each defining current climate impacts, actions the Department is taking, and recommended actions to foster adaptation at local and regional levels. The eight reports address the sectors of: Biodiversity, Fisheries, Forestry, Infrastructure, Coastal, Recreation, Water Resources and Wildlife.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Toronto Eco-Roof Incentive Program

March 2009

The City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada Eco-Roof Incentive Program provides grants to commercial, industrial and institutional property owners to improve the sustainability of Toronto's infrastructure and its resilience to climate change. Financial incentives are provided for the construction of green roofs that support vegetation and cool roofs that reflect the sun's thermal energy. Launched in 2009, the program supports the City's Climate Change Action Plan and complements the City's 'Green Roof Bylaw' and the 'Green Standard' by encouraging owners of existing buildings to retrofit their roofs.

Related Organizations: City of Toronto; Ontario, Canada

Resource Category: Funding

 

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