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Omitted Damages: Whats Missing From the Social Cost of Carbon

March 13, 2014

The 2013 Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Carbon (IWG) updated the U. S. social cost of carbon (SCC) for 2015 from a central value of $24 to $37. SCC is an estimate of the economic damages associated with a small increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, conventionally one metric ton, in a given year. The SCC is meant to be a comprehensive estimate of climate change damages and includes, but is not limited to, changes in net agricultural productivity, human health, and property damages from increased flood risk.

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Virginia HJ 16: Recurrent flooding; joint subcommittee established to formulate recommendations to address

March 8, 2014

The Virginia General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution No.16 in 2014, which considers the issue of recurrent flooding in Tidewater and Eastern Shore locales and establishes a “joint subcommittee to formulate recommendations for the development of a comprehensive and coordinated planning effort to address recurrent flooding” that will meet for two years.

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National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2013 (HR 2431)

March 6, 2014

On March 6, 2014, President Obama signed a bipartisan law to renew federal support for the National Integrated Drought Information System - a drought program that seeks to reduce financial and environmental risks posed by sustained drought by providing forecasts and support to vulnerable communities. The legislation easily passed through Congress, with a 356-21 vote in the House and passing via unanimous consent in the Senate. The law would extend the program until 2018.

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Climate Change: Energy Infrastructure Risks and Adaptation Efforts (GAO-14-74)

March 4, 2014

The U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has examined the vulnerability of the nation's energy infrastructure to climate change impacts. This report describes their findings including: (1) what is known about potential impacts of climate change on U. S. energy infrastructure; (2) measures that can reduce climate-related risks and adapt energy infrastructure to climate change; and (3) the role of the federal government in adapting energy infrastructure and adaptation steps selected federal entities have taken.

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Washington Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines – Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Considerations

March 2014

Prepared for the Washington State Aquatic Habitat Guidelines Program, the purpose of these guidelines is to promote responsible management of Puget Sound shores, preserve natural resources and coastal ecological processes, and increase resilience of the shoreline. These guidelines are intended to give the coastal designer an overview of all of the necessary elements to inform the development of project goals and the tools to design appropriate and environmentally responsible projects for marine shores in Puget Sound.

Authors or Affiliated Users: J. Johannessen, A. MacLennan, A. Blue, J. Waggoner, S. Williams, W. Gerstel, R. Barnard, R. Carman, H. Shipman

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Climate Leaders Summit Report

March 2014

On November 8, 2013, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England Regional Office convened an invitational Climate Leaders Summit at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. The 140 attendees from government agencies, businesses and regional and non-profit organizations discussed how the regional climate leaders could launch collaborative actions to achieve a more climate-resilient New England. In particular, the Summit was focused on what the climate leaders can do to assist New England municipalities in their efforts to adapt to climate change.

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Delaware Climate Change Impact Assessment

March 2014

The Delaware Climate Change Impact Assessment is a comprehensive statewide report produced by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Energy and Climate. The report includes a summary of past climate trends and future climate projections for Delaware, and a synthesis of the best available climate science that describes current and future impacts of temperature, precipitation, and sea level rise. The climate change impacts are detailed for five key sectors including public health, water resources, agriculture, wildlife and ecosystems, and infrastructure.

Author or Affiliated User: Jennifer de Mooy

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Climate Change: Evidence and Causes

February 27, 2014

The US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of the UK jointly produced “Climate Change: Evidence & Causes,” building upon the climate-related work from both national academies, as well as on the newest climate change assessment from the U. N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report reviews what is well understood about climate change, and where research is needed. It also presents current areas of active debate and ongoing research, such as the link between ocean heat content and the rate of warming.

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Rhode Island E.O. 14-01: Creates an Executive Climate Change Council

February 21, 2014

In February, 2014, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed Executive Order 14-01, creating the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Council (EC3). The Council was charged with taking a lead role in developing a comprehensive approach, including both emissions reductions and adaptation planning, to address the potential threats from climate change to the state’s environment, economy, and people. The Governor established the EC3 to advise him, the General Assembly and the public on how the State and its communities can best prepare for the impacts of climate change.

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Extreme Weather Events: Limiting Federal Fiscal Exposure and Increasing the Nation's Resilience (GAO-14-364T)

February 12, 2014

This report represents the testimony provided by Mark Gaffigan, the Managing Director of Natural Resources and Environment for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the U.S. Senate. This testimony is based on reports the GAO issued from March 2007 to November 2013.

Author or Affiliated User: Mark Gaffigan

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