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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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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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Using the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index: A Nevada Case Study

August 2009

The State of Nevada is amending its State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) to incorporate the potential effects of climate change in more detail. The Nevada Department of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, Nevada Natural Heritage Program (a NatureServe network member program), Lahontan Audubon Society, and Great Basin Bird Observatory have formed a partnership to complete the amendment. Nevada's SWAP was approved in 2006, and although it identified climate change as a stressor to key habitats and species of conservation concern in a few specific areas, it did not address the degree of vulnerability each species may face due to a warming climate.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Bruce E. Young, Elizabeth Byers, Kelly Gravuer, Kimberly R. Hall, Geoffrey A. Hammerson, Alan Redder, Kristin Szabo, Jennifer E. Newmark

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Climate Change Impacts on Water Supply and Agricultural Water Management in California's Western San Joaquin Valley, and Potential Adaptation Strategies - Final Report

August 2009

Based on an application of the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system developed for the Sacramento River basin and Delta export region of the San Joaquin Valley, this report by the California Climate Change Center provides an assessment of climate change impacts and potential adaptation strategies for the region.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Brian Joyce, Vishal Mehta, David Purkey, Larry Dale, Michael Hanemann

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Potential for Adaptation to Climate Change in an Agricultural Landscape in the Central Valley of California - Final Report

August 2009

This case study is intended to build awareness about the urgent need to develop strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change in specific agricultural regions. Using a process that engaged local stakeholders, this report addresses planning issues at both the farm and landscape levels. While this study focused specifically on Yolo County, this approach to assessing mitigation and adaptation potential could be useful elsewhere.

Authors or Affiliated Users: L. E. Jackson, F. Santos-Martin, A. D. Hollander, W. R. Horwath, R. E. Howitt, J. B. Kramer, A. T. O'Geen, B. S. Orlove, J. W. Six, S. K. Sokolow, D. A. Sumner, T. P. Tomich, S. M. Wheeler

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