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Analysis of Coastal Climate Adaptation Strategies for Southeast U.S. Coastal Cities

April 25, 2008

This Master’s project identifies primary and secondary climate change impacts to coastal areas of the Southeast U.S.  The author proposes three resiliency criteria and applies this decision-making framework as a means of evaluating potential adaptation response strategies for sea-level rise. These criteria include adequate adaptive capacity, environmental sustainability, and the win-win nature of the adaptive measures.

Author or Affiliated User: Ulla-Brott O. Reeves

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Colorado Executive Order B007 08

April 22, 2008

Signed by Governor Ritter in April 2008, Executive Order B007 08 created the state's Climate Change Advisory Panel, and authorized the panel to make recommendations to achieve the goals of Colorado's Climate Action Plan, including mechanisms for adaptation planning. .

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Maryland's Living Shoreline Protection Act of 2008 (HB 973)

April 22, 2008

In its January 2008 interim report, the Maryland Commission on Climate Change recommended that the state begin to actively address the impacts on the natural environment of shore erosion induced by sea level rise. The Commission's report recommends a unified approach to shoreline management. Specifically, the Commission suggests that the state resolve management conflicts presented by the current statute and regulatory practice of permitting shore protection alternatives based on the order of preference.

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Ahead of the Storm: Preparing Toronto for Climate Change

April 18, 2008

The Toronto City Council unanimously approved a comprehensive strategy to respond to climate change, known as the "Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan" in 2007. The development and establishment of a climate change adaptation strategy is one of the actions contained in the Plan. As such, this report provides a framework designed to help members of the public and other stakeholders engage in the process of formulating and implementing a climate change adaptation strategy for Toronto.

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Alaska Climate Change Impact Mitigation Program

The Alaska Climate Change Impact Mitigation Program (ACCIMP) was established by Alaska's 25th Legislature to increase community resilience to climate-related natural hazards. ACCIMP is addressing the immediate planning needs of communities imminently threatened by the impacts of climate-related natural hazards such as erosion, flooding, storm surge, and thawing permafrost.

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City of Chicago Analysis of Economic Impacts from Climate Change

April 15, 2008

The Chicago Climate Task Force was created to identify likely climate change scenarios for the city, identify key areas of focus based on economic impacts and the ability of the city to address them, and develop a specific set of adaptation options.

Author or Affiliated User: Craig Faris

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Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force – Initial Recommendations

April 2008

In July, 2006, the Board of County Commissioners established the Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force (CCATF), through the adoption of Ordinance 06-113 sponsored. The CCATF served as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners and was charged with identifying potential future climate change impacts to Miami-Dade County, while providing recommendations regarding mitigation and adaptation measures to respond to climate change.

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Adapting to Climate Change: A Business Approach

April 2008

From the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES, formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), this report outlines a sensible business approach to analyzing and adapting to the physical risks of climate change. The paper focuses on a critical first step in assessing these climate impacts: understanding the potential risks to business and the importance of taking action to mitigate those risks.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Frances G. Sussman, J. Randall Freed

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Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group Final Report

April 2008

The Final Report of Minnesota's Climate Change Advisory Group provides a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast and policy recommendations for emissions reduction developed by the Force.

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Alaska Climate Impact Assessment Commission 2008 Final Report

March 17, 2008

In May 2006, the Alaska Legislature adopted House Concurrent Resolution 30, creating an Alaska Climate Impact Commission. The Commission was charged with assessing the impacts and costs of climate change to Alaska and developing recommendations for preventative measures potentially implemented by Alaskan communities and governments. The eleven-member commission released their final report in March 2008

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