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Assessing the Effects of Climate Change on Aquatic Invasive Species

2008

This report presents a conceptual framework and review of the interactive effects of climate change and invasive species in freshwater ecosystems. It explains the complex interactions between climate change and invasive species that will influence how aquatic ecosystems and their biota will respond to fluctuating environmental conditions.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Frank J. Rahel, Julian D. Olden

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Assessment of Redefining Florida's Coastal High Hazard Area

January 2008

This report examines how a 2006 legislative change to Coastal High Hazard Area (CHHA) policies of HB 1359 changed the CHHA boundaries and may compromise resiliency and land development in Florida's coastal communities, particularly in light of concerns regarding climate change and sea-level rise.

Authors or Affiliated Users: James F. Murley, Ana Puszkin Chevlin, Ann-Margaret Esnard, Rachel Kalin

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Oregon's Final Report to the Governor - A Framework for Addressing Rapid Climate Change

January 2008

The state's Climate Change Integration Group (CCIG), through this report created in 2008, started the development of a framework to assist individuals, businesses, and governments in the state to incorporate climate change into their planning processes, based on observed impacts, and human and economic threats. The report is organized in 4 parts: 1) Preparation and Adaptation, 2) Mitigation, 3) Education and Outreach, and 4) Research, with a synthesis of key recommendations at the beginning. The Adaptation section largely defers to the Global Warming Commission, the anticipated successor group to the CCIG, and indicates that more work is needed to develop action strategies around preparation and adaptation.

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The Effects of Climate Change on American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes

2008

This article discusses how the U. S. can do a better job of addressing tribes in climate policy, given the unique risks tribes face and the unique legal structures that govern tribes.  As the safety, culture, and economies of many tribes are threatened along with the environment, the authors argue that the needs of tribes must be taken into account, and that tribes need to be at the table. Recommendations are made on how tribes can better fit into the existing policy and governance landscape, "both within the framework of federal law and through the exercise of tribal sovereignty.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel Cordalis, Dean Suagee

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Urban Drought Guidebook 2008 Updated Edition

2008

Updated in 2008, the focus of the guide is to provide water managers a step-by-step process to anticipate and respond to potentially severe drought and other water shortages. Examples of well-conceived and executed plans in California and other parts of the country are provided to illustrate recommendations whenever possible. It also demonstrates that successful programs are commonly the result of a cooperative effort between water suppliers and their customers. This guidebook presents examples of efforts by water suppliers throughout the United States, along with a wide array of approaches to address variable water supply and demand scenarios throughout the state.

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Climate Action Plan: Interim Report to the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly

January 14, 2008

The Maryland Commission on Climate Change's Interim Report includes timetables and benchmarks for reducing Maryland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and preliminary recommendations for legislation and executive actions. It also includes general support for legislative or other actions on adaptation and mitigation initiatives. The Report contains a list of approximately 50 priority policy options the Commission has chosen for more detailed analysis.

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Climate Ready Estuaries

The Climate Ready Estuaries program is a partnership between the U. S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Estuary Programs (NEPs) to address climate change in coastal areas. This effort, initiated in 2008, brings together EPA's Oceans and Coastal Protection Division and Climate Change Division. The purpose of Climate Ready Estuaries is to assist NEPs and coastal communities in becoming "climate ready" by providing tools and assistance to assess climate change vulnerability and plan for adaptation.

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Health Impact Assessment of Global Climate Change: Expanding on Comparative Risk Assessment Approaches for Policy Making

January 3, 2008

This article, published in the 'Annual Review of Public Health,' describes the need for health impact assessments (HIA) to systematically identify and quantify the many pathways through which climate change can affect health. The authors advocate HIAs as a tool for public health stakeholders and policy makers to evaluate the economic, political, quality of life, and ethical dimensions of the impacts of climate change on human health. .

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jonathan Patz, Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Holly Gibbs, Rosalie Woodruff

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Local Government Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit

2008

The Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Adaptation Initiative in Australia has focused on planning for the impacts of climate change by developing local councils’ capacities to apply a risk management process. The objective of the CCP Adaptation Initiative in its first year was to examine internal processes that these councils rely upon to make decisions related to complex data used in climate change projections and scenarios. The result of the first year’s work by the initiative is this toolkit.

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Canadian Communities' Guidebook for Adaptation to Climate Change

2008

This Guidebook provides a process to help decision makers incorporate climate change science, impacts, and adaptation and mitigation solutions into their sustainable development initiatives. The report is intended to aid in the interpretation of the potential consequences of climate change impacts in a local context, and demonstrate how to develop adaptation actions and responses to address these anticipated consequences.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Shani Harmon, Livia Bizikova, Tina Neale, Ian Burton

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