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Florida and Climate Change: The Costs of Inaction

November 2007

This report was the first detailed analysis of the potential consequences of continued climate change for the state of Florida's economy. The report concludes that, if left unchecked, climate change will significantly harm Florida’s economy in the next several decades, and that impacts on just three sectors - tourism, electric utilities, and real estate - together with effects of hurricanes, would shrink Florida’s Gross State Product by 5% by the end of the century.

Related Organizations: Tufts University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Elizabeth Stanton, Frank Ackerman

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Marin Countywide Plan (California)

November 6, 2007

The Marin Countywide Plan is a comprehensive, long-range sustainability plan that addresses climate change through assessing greenhouse-gas emissions, setting targets to reduce emissions, and recommending programs to plan for and adapt to projected sea level rise.

Related Organizations: Marin County, California, Marin County Community Development Agency

Resource Category: Planning

 

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City of Keene, New Hampshire - Adapting to Climate Change: Planning a Climate Resilient Community

November 2007

This report provides an assessment of Keene, New Hampshire's vulnerability to climate change, and presents goals and targets for adapting to climate change impacts. The recommendations outlined in the report include preparing for increased severe weather events, building more resilient ecosystems, improving water and food security, and improving public health infrastructure in reference to vector-borne diseases.

Related Organizations: City of Keene, New Hampshire, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change and Great Lakes Water Resources

November 2007

This report, by the National Wildlife Federation, explores impacts to the Great Lakes from climate change, including possible lowering of lake levels, impacts on fisheries and wildlife, changes in Great Lakes shorelines, and reduction of groundwater supplies. The report also focuses on policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to unavoidable impacts on water resources. 

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Noah D. Hall, Bret B. Stuntz

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Colorado Climate Action Plan (2007)

November 2007

In 2007, Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. released a Climate Action Plan providing goals for Colorado through 2050.

Related Organizations: State of Colorado

Resource Category: Planning

 

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A Survey of Climate Change Adaptation Planning

October 27, 2007

Published by the Heinz Center, this report highlights available adaptation planning guidebooks and frameworks, as well as adaptation planning efforts underway at the time of the publication, primarily focused on Western developed countries.   This introductory survey report is designed to provide a “road map” to some of this information. It makes no claim to be comprehensive or to represent best practices on adaptation. Rather, the goal in producing this survey is to help generate discussion and the sharing of ideas, efforts and lessons learned across the adaptation community.

Related Organizations: The Heinz Center

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The US Economic Impacts of Climate Change and the Costs of Inaction

October 2007

This report presents a review of economic studies for the U. S. , as related to some predicted impacts of climate change. The "costs of inaction" are evaluated - how a failure to reduce greenhouse gases can make response and adaptation to climate impacts even more expensive. The analysis is not focused on the costs of controlling emissions, rather it considers resultant expenses, such as rebuilding communities and other ripple economic effects on many sectors, in order to develop a more comprehensive estimate of financial impact.

Related Organizations: University of Maryland, University of Maryland's Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Matthias Ruth, Dana Coelho, Daria Karetnikov

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Healing Troubled Waters: Preparing Trout and Salmon Habitat for a Changing Climate

October 2007

Trout Unlimited's report, Healing Troubled Waters, explains how climate change will impact trout and salmon populations and the waters in which they live. Based on research by Trout Unlimited scientists, the report provides recommendations for what can be done to help fish and rivers withstand these changes.

Related Organizations: Trout Unlimited

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jack E. Williams, Amy L. Haak, Nathaniel G. Gillespie, Helen M. Neville, Warren T. Colyer

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Impacts of Global Warming on New Mexico's Water Resources - An Assessment of the Rio Grande Basin

October 2007

A scientific study was undertaken by researchers at two New Mexico universities to evaluate the potential impacts of future warming on water resources in the Rio Grande basin.

Related Organizations: New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico

Authors or Affiliated Users: Brian H. Hurd, Julie Coonrod

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Alaska Administrative Order 238: Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet (2007)

September 14, 2007

Signed by Governor Palin on September 14, 2007, this order established the Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet to advise the Office of the Governor on the preparation and implementation of an Alaska Climate Change Strategy.

Related Organizations: Alaska Office of the Governor

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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