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Executive Order 13508 - Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration

May 12, 2009

On May 12, 2009, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13508, recognizing the Chesapeake Bay as a national treasure and calling on the federal government to lead a renewed effort to restore and protect the nation’s largest estuary and its watershed.

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Regional climate change adaptation strategies for biodiversity conservation in a midcontinental region of North America (Minnesota)

May 7, 2009

Using climate projections from 16 models, this research assesses climate impacts on the biodiversity in a "mid-continental area of North America" (focused on Minnesota). The likely impacts are described, and adaptation options for eight landscape regions within the planning area are proposed, based on a resistance, resilience, and facilitation framework. The research addresses how to adjust Minnesota's conservation practices so the protected areas network continues to support the state's biodiversity facing climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susan Galatowitsch, Lee Frelich, Laura Phillips-Mao

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Adaptation Planning for the National Estuary Program - Elements of an Adaptation Plan

May 2009

This report, from the Climate Ready Estuaries Program of the Environmental Protection Agency, outlines and illustrates five critical elements of adaptation planning and provides suggestions for additional resources. The five elements discussed include the following: conducting vulnerability assessments, setting priorities and selecting actions, defining adaptation actions, creating a communication plan, and creating a monitoring and evaluation plan.

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The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the California Coast

May 2009

Provided by the California Energy Commission's Climate Change Center, this study includes a detailed analysis of California's infrastructure, property, and current population at risk from projected sea-level rise, as well as the cost of building structural measures to reduce that risk. Specifically, it identifies the risks of flooding and erosion to specific populations, roads, railways, power plants, water treatment plants, ports and airports, emergency and healthcare facilities, wetlands, coastal and San Francisco Bay properties, and groundwater aquifers.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Matthew Heberger, Heather Cooley, Pablo Herrera, Peter H. Gleick, Eli Moore

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Good Morning, America! The Explosive U.S. Awakening to the Need for Adaptation

May 2009

This paper provides an historical overview of the public, political, and scientific concern with adaptation in the United States. It presents the treatment of adaptation to climate change in a variety of contexts, ranging from the news media to the drafting of bills in Congress, to state and local government activities with considerable engagement of NGOs, scientists and consultants. It finds that adaptation has finally, and explosively, emerged on the political agenda as a legitimate and needed subject for debate.

Author or Affiliated User: Susanne C. Moser

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Greenworks Philadelphia Plan - Transportation Recommendations

2009

Greenworks Philadelphia is a comprehensive six-year plan (“Plan”) that sets goals for “greening” the City of Philadelphia – increasing the city’s energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving the environmental quality of the city, and adapting to the dangers posed by climate change. This case study focuses only on the transportation-related recommendations included in the Plan – increasing the percentage of city assets in a “state of good repair” and using green infrastructure strategies to improve stormwater management and reduce flood impacts to transportation infrastructure.

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Adaptation to Climate Change in the Houston-Galveston Area: Perceptions and Prospects

May 2009

The objectives of this Capstone project and report from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University were to address the impacts of climate change in the Houston-Galveston area of Texas, as well as the utility of adaptation as a solution to climate impacts. The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) created a panel (the 'Foresight Panel') that examined the impacts of climate change in the Houston-Galveston region. In 2008, this panel produced a report which made recommendations to local governments regarding climate change adaptation strategies - which was utilized as an initial basis for this research.

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The Future is Now: an Update on Climate Change Science Impacts and Response Options for California

May 2009

The purpose of this report is to highlight climatic changes that have already occurred and impacts that are happening in Califormia now, affecting public health, natural systems, and the economy. Chapter 3 provides evidence attributing past and current observations of climate change to direct human causes, such as emissions of greenhouse gases. Chapter 4 examines California’s climate under different emissions scenarios, including a scenario of drastically reduced emissions, and summarizes the most current scientific understanding of the influence of future climate change on California’s economy and ecosystems.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susanne C. Moser, Guido Franco, Sarah Pittiglio, Wendy Chou, Dan Cayan

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Using Future Climate Projections to Support Water Resources Decision Making in California

May 2009

This paper presents advances in climate projection information that the California Department of Water Resources has made since their 2006 report, "Progress on Incorporating Climate Change into Management of California's Water Resources. " These advances include an improved understanding of how well selected climate models represent historical climate conditions and refined methodologies for representing stream flows, outdoor urban and agricultural water demands, and sea-level rise in planning tools, in order to assess their usefulness in decision making for water resource managers.

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Enabling Adaptation: Priorities for Supporting the Rural Poor in a Changing Climate

May 2009

This issue brief from the World Resources Institute is "formulated in response to an increasingly urgent need for articulating and agreeing upon a vision of effective adaptation - in part to inform the architecture for financing climate adaptation. " The paper argues that the poor, and in particular the resource-dependent rural poor, must be a central concern in any effective adaptation funding effort, and that one of the major pillars of an effective adaptation strategy is support for an enabling environment that allows them to build their resilience through natural resource management.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Manish Bapna, Heather McGray, Gregory Mock, Lauren Withey

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