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Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act (S. 2540 MA)

August 7, 2008

Signed by the Governor on August 7, 2008, Section 9 of this Act creates an Advisory Committee to "analyze strategies for adapting to the predicted impacts of climate change in the commonwealth" of Massachusetts. Committee membership requirements are articulated, including expertise in the following areas: "transportation and built infrastructure; commercial, industrial and manufacturing activities; low income consumers; energy generation and distribution; land conservation; water supply and quality; recreation; ecosystems dynamics; coastal zone and oceans; rivers and wetlands; and local government.

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A Review of the Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Aeroallergens and Their Associated Effects

August 2008

This report presents a survey of the current state of knowledge of the potential impacts of climate change and variability on aeroallergens—pollen, mold, and indoor allergens—in the United States and the allergic diseases associated with them. The report focuses on the three main allergic diseases that have been associated with exposure to aeroallergens—allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma, and atopic dermatitis (eczema)— and the associated health effects and economic burdens they impose.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Janet L. Gamble, Colleen E. Reid, Ellen Post, Jason Sacks

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Climate Change in Coastal Areas in Florida: Sea Level Rise Estimation and Economic Analysis to Year 2080

August 2008

In this report the results of downscaled modeling efforts of the effect of sea level rise on six coastal counties in Florida are presented, including: Dade, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Monroe and Wakulla counties. Additionally, assessments of  the potential economic impacts that this phenomenon could have are presented. Using representative storms, estimates are provided of the damage that could be inflicted from storm surge and flooding, both of which will become more intense and more frequent as a consequence of climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Julie Harrington, Todd L. Walton

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Climate Change, Tropospheric Ozone and Particulate Matter, and Health Impacts

July 10, 2008

Because the state of the atmosphere determines the development, transport, dispersion, and deposition of air pollutants, there is concern that climate change could affect morbidity and mortality associated with elevated concentrations of these gases and fine particles. This report reviews studies projecting the impacts of climate change on air quality and studies projecting the impacts of these changes on morbidity and mortality. Specific attention is given to cities on the East Coast of the United States, and California.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kristie L. Ebi, Glenn McGregor

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Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008

July 9, 2008

The Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008 (Act 70) established a Climate Change Advisory Committee for purposes of advising the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on implementation of the Act. These activities include, but are not limited to, the designation of a voluntary greenhouse gas registry, the delivery of a greenhouse gas inventory report, the creation of an impacts assessment and the development of a climate change action plan.

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Global Warming in the Free State

July 2008

This comprehensive climate change impact assessment was developed to support adaptation planning in the state of Maryland. It was prepared by a Scientific and Technical Working Group, by leading experts in the state in climate change and its impacts, including experts from the University of Maryland.  This assessment informed development of the state's Phase II Adaptation Strategy, A Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change.

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Green Infrastructure Approaches to Managing Wet Weather with Clean Water State Revolving Funds

July 2008

This fact sheet provides local governments and stormwater utilities with information on how to use the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to finance green infrastructure projects. After a quick primer on green infrastructure and the CWSRF, the fact sheet details why the CWSRF is an attractive financing option for green infrastructure and which green infrastructure projects are eligible for CWSRF assistance, and provides case studies of how communities have used the CWSRF to finance green infrastructure projects.

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Vulnerability of Major Wastewater Facilities to Flooding from Sea-Level Rise in King County, Washington

July 2008

King County's Wastewater Treatment Division maintains 77 major facilities, 40 of which are situated adjacent to tidally-influenced water bodies. As effects of climate change continue to grow, the potential for flooding at these facilities as the result of sea-level rise must be assessed and mitigated. The first step in planning for the effects of sea-level rise is to identify which facilities are at risk. This report identifies these facilities and their potential for flooding, considering the effects of both sea-level rise and storm surges, and then recommends the next steps in planning for this change.

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Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change - Phase I: Sea-level rise and coastal storms

July 2008

On April 20, 2007 Governor Martin O'Malley signed Executive Order 01.01.2007.07, establishing the Maryland Commission on Climate Change. The Commission created four Adaptation and Response Working Groups to develop the adaptation portions of the state's Climate Action Plan. With a focus on sea-level rise and coastal storms, the four groups were: Existing and Future Built Environment and Infrastructure; Financial and Economic; Human Health, Safety and Welfare; and Natural Resources.

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Adaptation: An Issue Brief for Business

July 2008

From the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, this publication provides an overview of adaptation from a business perspective. It describes potential impacts of climate change, risks and opportunities for business, and why business should consider adaptation planning and measures. The report also summarizes intergovernmental efforts to promote adaptation in vulnerable regions and highlights areas in which business could have a role in promoting adaptation, both at community and global levels.

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