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Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments

September 2007

This guidebook was developed by the Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington and King County, Washington, in association with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. The purpose of the guide is to help decision-makers in a local, regional, or state government prepare for climate change by recommending a detailed process for climate change preparedness based on familiar resources and tools.

Related Organizations: Center for Science in the Earth System (CSES), King County, Washington, University of Washington, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The Chesapeake Bay and Global Warming: A Paradise Lost for Hunters, Anglers, and Outdoor Enthusiasts?

September 2007

The National Wildlife Federation maintains a Chesapeake Bay and Global Warming webpage on which this report and other resources are available (scroll down to find the heading and link). This report focuses on the threat that global warming poses for fish and wildlife in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Amanda Staudt, Douglass B. Inkley, Patty Glick

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The Role of Coastal Zone Management Programs in Adaptation to Climate Change - Final Report of the CSO Climate Change Work Group

September 2007

The Coastal States Organization’s (CSO) Climate Change Work Group prepared this report to explore the current and future roles of state coastal zone management programs in addressing climate change.

Related Organizations: Coastal States Organization (CSO)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Transfer of Development Rights in U.S. Communities: Evaluating Program Design, Implementation, and Outcomes

September 2007

In September 2007, Resources for the Future and the University of Maryland – Baltimore County partnered to evaluate the design, implementation, and outcomes of Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) programs in communities across the U. S. The report is the result of a comprehensive research study involving conversations with local planners, consultants, land-use attorneys, and land trusts in the case study of several communities. The report offers an overview of land preservation, zoning, and TDRs in the U.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF), University of Maryland

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Change Impacts on Forestry

August 16, 2007

Changing temperature and precipitation patterns and increasing concentrations of atmospheric CO2 are likely to drive significant changes in natural and modified forests. This article provides a scientific assessment of the impacts of climate change on forests worldwide giving significant attention to forests in the U. S. This review is focused on publications that discuss the changes in commercial forestry, excluding the ecosystem functions of forests and non-timber forest products. The report concentrates on potential direct and indirect impacts of climate change on the forest industry, including economic impacts, the projections of future trends in commercial forestry, the possible role of biofuels, and changes in supply and demand.

Related Organizations: National Academy of Sciences, Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Andrei P. Kirilenko, Roger A. Sedjo

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The Resilient Coast: Policy Frameworks for Adapting the Built Environment to Climate Change and Growth in Coastal Areas of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico

August 2007

This report assesses policies and governance structures to mitigate hazards on the U. S. Gulf Coast, and makes recommendations for coastal communities to adapt to the impacts they will face due to climate change. Existing federal and state frameworks for coastal land use and hazard mitigation planning in the Gulf are explored. The strengths and weaknesses of federal laws (including the Coastal Barrier Resources Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act and the National Flood Insurance Program), as well as state and local planning authorities in the Gulf states, are presented.

Related Organizations: Texas Sea Grant, National Sea Grant Law Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: John S. Jacob, Stephanie Showalter

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Climate and Land Use Change Effects on Ecological Resources in Three Watersheds: A Synthesis Report

August 2007

The effects of global change drivers differ by place and in scale, necessitating place-specific impacts information to enable stakeholders to respond appropriately. Place and scale also determine appropriate adaptation strategies and expected outcomes. Three watershed case study assessments were conducted to advance the capability of managers to consider climate and land use change in watershed management decisions. The case studies were of the San Pedro River Watershed, the Sacramento River Watershed, and several small watersheds in Maryland (see Related Links).

Related Organizations: ICF International, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susan H. Julius, Britta G. Bierwagen, Thomas E. Johnson, Randall Freed, Susan Asam, Sandra Shapiro

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Florida Executive Order 07-128 - Governor's Action Team on Energy and Climate Change

July 13, 2007

This executive order by then Governor Crist established the Governor's Action Team on Energy and Climate Change to develop a comprehensive Energy and Climate Change Action Plan. The order called the Governor's Action Team to submit recommendations for mitigation by November 2007 and adaptation strategies to "combat adverse impacts to society, public health, the economy and natural communities in Florida" by October 2008.

Related Organizations: Florida Office of the Governor, Florida Governor's Action Team on Energy and Climate Change

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Unnatural Disaster: Global Warming and Our National Parks

July 11, 2007

The National Parks Conservation Association, (NPCA) report, "Unnatural Disaster," demonstrates the impacts of climate change by highlighting anticipated effects U.S. national parks. It offers recommended actions for federal, state, and local governments, along with individuals, to slow or stop the damage from climate change on national parks.

Related Organizations: National Park Conservation Association (NPCA)

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A Discussion of the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on the Shorelines of the Northeastern USA

July 10, 2007

This report, prepared for the 2007 Northeast Climate Impact Assessment (see separate entry), provides a broad overview of how sea-level rise will impact the coast of the northeastern United States. Different possible rates of sea-level rise and the primary impact of shoreline retreat is discussed. The report explains how local features determine the extent of shoreline retreat in a given area and addresses how sea-level rise could affect different ecosystems, including estuaries, salt marshes, and barrier island systems.

Related Organizations: Woods Hole Sea Grant, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Andrew D. Ashton, Jeffrey P. Donnelly, Rob L. Evans

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