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California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: SB1168, SB1319 and AB1739

September 16, 2014

Approved by Governor Jerry Brown on September 16, 2014, the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implements new groundwater rules for California. Effective as of January 1, 2015, the three-bill package will create local agencies to oversee groundwater extraction, changing the state’s historic practice of allowing landowners to extract any water that lies beneath their land.

Related Organizations: California Department of Water Resources

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The New Climate Economy Report: Better Growth, Better Climate

September 16, 2014

This study from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that governments and businesses can reduce their carbon emissions and improve economic growth. ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’ describes how rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure are making it possible to mitigate climate change while improving economic performance.

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Adapting to Climate Change and Sea Level Rise: A Maryland Statewide Survey, Fall 2014

September 15, 2014

This public survey report addresses the perception of climate adaptation and sea level rise in Maryland. This study was conducted by George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to explore Marylanders’ views on public health, energy and the environment.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, George Mason University, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication - 4C

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Resilient America Roundtable

September 5, 2014

The Resilient America Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences is collaborating with communities across the country to build “cultures of resilience” - helping selected local communities by engaging decision makers and citizens to better understand risk and build resilience.

Related Organizations: National Academy of Sciences

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State of the Climate: New Jersey

September 2014

From the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance and Rutgers Climate Institute, “State of the Climate: New Jersey” provides an overview of recent climate events and trends, their impacts, and their implications for the future of New Jersey. The report highlights climate impacts as related to temperature, precipitation and sea level rise for the state.

Related Organizations: Rutgers University, New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

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Building a Climate Resilient National Capital Region

September 2014

In 2013 and 2014, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), General Services Administration, US Global Change Research Program, National Capital Planning Commission, Smithsonian Institution, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments sponsored two series of workshops to assist with climate adaptation planning and improve coordination in the Washington D. C. / National Capital Region. The report “Building a Climate Resilient National Capital Region: Federal and community agencies working together on climate preparedness and resilience” summarizes the Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation workshop series, providing the results and adaptation strategies proposed for the National Capital Region.

Related Organizations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG, COG), U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

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The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes

July 11, 2014

‘The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012’ describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate, and water-related disasters and highlights measures to increase resilience. The report considers the importance of historical, geo-referenced information about deaths and damages to estimate risks before the next disaster occurs. This information is intended to support practical decisions on reducing potential impacts by, for example, improved early warning systems, retrofitting critical infrastructure, or enforcing new building codes.

Related Organizations: World Meteorological Organization (WMO) , Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL)

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Preparing for Climate Impacts: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines - Georgetown Climate Center

July 9, 2014

In this synthesis report to the Kresge Foundation, the Georgetown Climate Center shares some of the lessons learned from its adaptation work in recent years.  The report includes a number of short case studies highlighting successful efforts and barriers to change.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jessica Grannis, Vicki Arroyo, Sara Hoverter

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EPA Flood Resilience Checklist

July 7, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new tool in July 2014 to help communities prepare for, manage, and recover from floods.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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City of Los Angeles Ordinance No.183149: Cool Roof for Reduction of Heat Island Effect

July 2, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council amended the city's Green Building Code to require that all new residential roofs be "cool roofs." The amendments require cool roofs on new and refurbished homes in Los Angeles and sets minimum requirements for cool materials. Starting on October 1, 2014, residential roofing materials were required to meet certain values for their solar reflectance index (a combined measure of solar reflectance and thermal emittance).

Related Organizations: Los Angeles City Council, City of Los Angeles, California

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