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An Analysis of Climate Change Impacts and Options Relevant to Legal and Policy Issues at the Department of the Interior (DOI)

2008

In March 2007, former Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne established the Department of the Interior's Climate Change Task Force. Three subcommittees were formed to undertake this assignment. This Draft report was issued by the Law & Policy Subcommittee to identify the legal and policy issues facing the DOI and to suggest possible options for addressing them.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

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Community-Based Adaptation to the Health Impacts of Climate Change

2008

This article, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, proposes a course of action for community-based adaptation to help communities better prepare for and respond to the health risks of climate change. The report is designed to engage stakeholders in a proactive problem-solving process to enhance preparedness for adaptation. Community-based adaptation is discussed as an approach to proactive implementation of programs and activities necessary to cope with the impacts of a changing climate on the health sector.

Related Organizations: American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristie L. Ebi, Jan C. Semenza

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Economic and Environmental Costs of Climate Change: State Case Studies

This site provides PDF files of individual state case studies pertaining to the economic and environmental costs of climate change.   The studies were prepared by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER) at the University of Maryland. The reports summarize climatic changes affecting 12 states, their potential fiscal impact, and the effect that future changes in climate may have on state economies. The research highlights the importance of planning for the possible effects of climate change on state natural and economic resources and explores options for reducing these effects.

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

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Houston-Galveston Area Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects Report – Transportation Recommendations

December 16, 2008

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects (the Panel) published a 2008 report informing local governments in the region of possible effects of climate change on their transportation infrastructure and recommending how to best reduce the risk of those impacts. The Panel synthesized climate change effects in the region including sea-level rise, increases in temperature, and more frequent and intense storm events interspersed with periods of drought. The report looks at impacts across both the built and natural environments, but this case study focuses solely on the recommendations that apply to transportation infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Houston-Galveston Area Council

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Virginia Governor's Commission on Climate Change Final Report: A Climate Change Action Plan

December 15, 2008

Executive Order 59, signed by Governor Kaine in 2007, established the Governor's Commission on Climate Change. The Commission was charged with creating a Climate Change Action Plan that would evaluate expected impacts of climate change on Virginia's natural resources, public health, and the economic impact on the industries of agriculture, forestry, tourism, and insurance. In addition the Plan was to identify strategies to prepare for the projected impacts of climate change on the state.   The Action Plan discusses the overall climate effects on natural systems, such as ecosystems and the state's primary fish stocks, and the effects on human health.

Related Organizations: Virginia Governor's Commission on Climate Change

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Preparing for Climate Change in the Rogue River Basin of Southwest Oregon

December 8, 2008

This report presents the projected impacts of climate change on the Rogue River Basin of southwest Oregon. A panel of scientists and policy experts recommend strategies for building resistance and resilience to climate change for natural, human, built and economic systems in the region.

Related Organizations: University of Oregon, Climate Leadership Initiative, Geos Institute, USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station

Authors or Affiliated Users: Bob Doppelt, Roger Hamilton, Marni Koopman, Cindy Deacon Williams

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A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Biodiversity in New Mexico

December 4, 2008

The New Mexico Climate Change Adaptation Project of the Nature Conservancy produced this vulnerability assessment in two parts: Part I - "Implications of Recent Climate Change on Conservation Priorities in New Mexico" and Part II - "Conservation Implications of Emerging Moisture Stress due to Recent Climate Changes in New Mexico." Part one is a state-wide assessment of the climate change vulnerability of priority habitats and wildlife species.

Related Organizations: University of Washington, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Carolyn A. F. Enquist, David F. Gori

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Adaptation of Transportation Infrastructure to Global Climate Change Effects: Implications for Design and Implementation

December 2008

This appendix to a Peer Workshop report issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a short overview of the need to adapt transportation planning and construction practices to the effects of climate change. It summarizes likely climate change impacts to transportation infrastructure. Topics covered include prioritizing the use of resources, performing environmental impact reviews, including climate impacts in the design and construction of infrastructure projects, and the need to account for climate change in maintenance and operations.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Houston-Galveston Area, Texas Council Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects Report

December 2008

The Houston Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) established an expert panel to develop recommendations for local governments to adapt to climate change impacts and the associated environmental effects on the region. This Foresight Panel on Environmental Effects was comprised of experts in climate change and local infrastructure planning. The Panel in turn produced this comprehensive report which reviews current and projected climate impacts and provides specific adaptation strategies. 

Related Organizations: Houston-Galveston Area Council

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 3.4: Abrupt Climate Change

December 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 SAPs produced between 2004 and 2009 by the U. S. Climate Change Science Program, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U. S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. This report considers progress in understanding four abrupt changes in the paleoclimatic record whose impacts are so rapid and large that they would pose clear risks to society if they were to recur: 1) rapid change in glaciers, ice sheets, and hence sea level; 2) widespread and sustained changes to the hydrologic cycle; 3) abrupt change in the northward flow of warm, salty water in the upper layers of the Atlantic Ocean associated with the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and southward flow of cold water in the deep Atlantic; and 4) rapid release to the atmosphere of methane trapped in permafrost and on continental margins.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peter U. Clark, Andrew J. Weaver, Edward Brook, Edward R. Cook, Thomas L. Delworth, Konrad Steffen

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