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Illinois SB 1489: Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act

June 30, 2009

The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act required the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to adopt comprehensive storm water management rules that meet certain requirements by July 1, 2012. Beginning in 2010, the agency was required to: implement a storm water permit fee program adequate to support the adoption and implementation of State storm water regulations as required by the Act; establish a Statewide standard for storm water management programs in order to transition toward the use of green infrastructure as the predominant storm water management strategy; review its rules on the distribution of money from the Water Revolving Fund; and endeavor to establish new criteria which prioritize the use of green infrastructure in all projects involving storm water management and water efficiency.

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Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment - 2009

June 29, 2009

This report presents an assessment of projected climate change impacts for Pennsylvania - sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and prepared by the Environment and Natural Resources Institute at Pennsylvania State University.

Authors or Affiliated Users: James Shortle, David Abler, Seth Blumsack, Robert Crane, Zachary Kaufman, Marc McDill, Raymond Najjar, Richard Ready, Thorsten Wagener, Denice Wardrop

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City of Alexandria, Virginia Environmental Action Plan 2030

June 23, 2009

This Environmental Action Plan (EAP) was developed by Eco-City Alexandria, a strategic collaborative planning process designed by the City of Alexandria, Virginia, in partnership with Virginia Tech's Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. The EAP merges short-term goals and action steps (FY-2009-2011) approved by the City Council in January 2009, with new mid- and long-range goals and actions (2012-2030).

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the US - Ecosystems

June 16, 2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's 2009 National Climate Assessment, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. "   The 'Ecosystems' chapter presents current and projected impacts to ecosytems in the U. S. from climate change.   Ecosystem processes, migration seasons, species range and distribution shifts, extinction, desertification, and ocean acidification among other impacts are fully described relative to the effects of climate change.

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City of Berkeley, California Climate Action Plan 2009

June 2009

The City of Berkeley California's Climate Action Plan presents recommendations for the city to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Chapter 6 is devoted to adaptation in response to California Executive Order S-13-08, and includes policy recommendations for declining water supply, extreme heat, and rising sea levels. It also recommends a regional vulnerability assessment be conducted with neighboring cities, and from these results, a regional adaptation plan be created. .

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Terrestrial Ecosystem Adaptation

June 2009

Terrestrial Ecosystem Adaptation provides an evaluation of adaptation issues for natural ecosystems with a focus on the climate impacts of vegetation response, phenology, wildfire and other system-wide disturbances. It also describes adaptation scenarios of several species affected by climate change, including the snowshoe hare, wolverine, waterfowl, bighorn sheep, and amphibians. The report is limited to natural ecosystems, or those that have not been planted, irrigated, or fertilized - agricultural and grazing lands are excluded.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steven W. Running, L. Scott Mills

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Land-Use Scenarios: National-Scale Housing-Density Scenarios Consistent with Climate Change Storylines

June 2009

Climate and land-use change are major components of global environmental change with feedbacks between these components. The consequences of these interactions show that land-use may exacerbate or alleviate climate-change effects. Based on these findings it is important to use land-use scenarios that are consistent with the specific assumptions underlying climate change scenarios.

Author or Affiliated User: Mohd Khawlie

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Coastal and Estuarine Observing in North Carolina - Integrating Observations and Science to Understand our Coastal Environment

June 2009

This white paper recognizes North Carolina’s estuaries and coastal ocean as ecologically diverse and economically important systems for the state.  Observing the state's coastal and estuary environments is discussed in relation to protecting human lives, climate change impacts, and sustaining healthy coastal ecosystems. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lynn Leonard, Jennifer Dorton, Stephen Culver, Robert Christian

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

June 2009

This report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) summarizes the science of climate change and its impacts on the U.S., now and in the future. The report includes climate change impacts by U.S. regions and sectors. The regions addressed include: Alaska, Coastal, Islands, Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, and Southwest. The sector chapters include: agriculture, ecosystems, energy supply and use, human health, society, transportation, and water resources.

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. - Water Resources

June 2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's comprehensive 2009 National Climate Assessment, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. "  The 'Water Resources' chapter synthesizes current and projected impacts to the U. S. water cycle from climate change. Changes to the water cycle identified in the report include: changes in precipitation patterns and intensity, changes in the incidence of drought, widespread melting of snow and ice, increasing atmospheric water vapor, increasing evaporation, increasing water temperatures, reductions in lake and river ice, and changes in soil moisture and runoff.

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