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Seabrook, New Hampshire - Adaptation Strategies to Protect Areas of Increased Risk From Coastal Flooding Due to Climate Change

July 25, 2009

The Regional Planning Commission (RPC) was tasked by the Town of Seabrook, NH to develop adaptation strategies to protect areas of the town at risk of flooding due to climate change. The elements of this project were to: 1) conduct research on present consensus estimates of sea-level rise affecting the New England coast; 2) review approaches taken by other states and communities in responding to this threat; 3) develop maps identifying the areas of increased risk to flooding from sea-level rise specific to Seabrook; and 4) identify the various regulatory and non-regulatory options that should be considered by Seabrook to protect it from this potential risk.

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FHWA Literature Review: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Assessment, and Adaptation Approaches

July 24, 2009

In 2008, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) commissioned a review of U. S. and international approaches to address global climate change adaptation as it relates to transportation. This literature review focuses on three major categories of activities: vulnerability assessments, risk assessments, and adaptation approaches. For each of these, an overview is provided, with sample frameworks or methodologies, and examples. For adaptation approaches, strategies are also provided by climate change impact.

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Sustaining California Agriculture in an Uncertain Future

July 2009

This report by the Pacific Institute addresses water efficiency in the California agriculture sector, and presents a positive future for California agriculture and water – with a vision of a sustainable, healthy agricultural community as of 2050. The report describes some of the tools that can help maintain a healthy agricultural sector, reviews recent trends in the California agriculture, and addresses challenges such as climate change that will impose new difficulties for growers. The Executive Summary and the water conservation and efficiency assessment chapters offer adaptation policy recommendations.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Heather Cooley, Juliet Christian-Smith, Peter H. Gleick

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The Climate Gap: Inequalities in How Climate Change Hurts Americans and How to Close the Gap

July 2009

This assessment and policy report argues that climate change has important justice and human right implications because poor neighborhoods and people of color will suffer more than other segments of the population, creating what they call “the climate gap”. Using data from California, the authors write about how vulnerable populations will be adversely affected by climate change, exacerbating current inequities.  While the report includes policy recommendations for the whole nation, it is a reaction to public health, equity, and regulatory issues pertinent to The Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) in California that was implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Rachel Morello-Frosh, Manuel Pastor, James Sadd, Seth B. Shonkoff

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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 Melbourne Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

June 2009

The City of Melbourne, Australia released their Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in June 2009. This plan, funded by the Australian Governments Department of Climate Change, broadly addresses how Melbourne can prepare for four climate impacts: reduced rainfall and drought, extreme heatwaves and bushfires, intense rainfall and wind storms, and sea-level risk.

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Effects of Climate Change on Florida's Ocean and Coastal Resources

June 2009

The Florida Oceans and Coastal Council prepared this report in 2009 to provide a foundation for future discussions of the effects of global climate change on Florida's ocean and coastal resources, and to inform Floridians about the current state of scientific knowledge regarding climate change. The report provides a high-level overview of the impacts to infrastructure, human health and the economy, as well as key drivers such as increasing air temperatures, warming ocean temperatures, and sea level rise.

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