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Climate Science and Decision Making

April 2007

This article focuses on understanding the science of climate change and how such understanding might better contribute to decision processes and the design of decision support tools. An increasing emphasis on adaptation demands greater efforts to understand the diversity of users (e.g. emergency planners, water resource managers, policy analysts, and farmers) and their evolving climate information needs. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kirstin Dow, Gregory Carbone

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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RichmondBUILD Academy - City of Richmond, California

2007

RichmondBUILD is a public-private partnership initiative launched by the City of Richmond, California to train individuals on developing the necessary talent and skill to join careers in the renewable energy or construction industries. RichmondBUILD has focused its efforts on recruiting participants from low-income households throughout the community. Since its launch in 2007, a majority of graduates of the workforce training program have been minorities (90%), and it includes a large percentage of individuals who have a history with the justice system (30%).

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Maryland Executive Order 01.01.2007.07

April 20, 2007

Signed in 2007 by Governor O'Malley, this Executive Order established a Climate Change Commission to advise the Governor on matters related to climate change, and tasked the Commission to develop a climate change "Plan of Action" to prepare for climate impacts on Maryland. The Order creates an Adaptation and Response Working Group to develop a Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Climate Change Vulnerability, to include recommended strategies for reducing the vulnerability of the State's coastal, natural and cultural resources and communities to the impacts of climate change, with an initial focus on sea level rise and coastal hazards (e.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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National Security and the Threat of Climate Change

April 1, 2007

This strategic assessment report articulates the concept of climate change acting as a "threat multiplier" for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world, and identifies key challenges that must be planned for now if they are to be met effectively in the future. The specific questions addressed in this report are: 1) What conditions are climate changes likely to produce around the world that would represent security risks to the United States. 2) What are the ways in which these conditions may affect America's national security interests.

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee: Potential Strategies

October 20, 2009

This set of subcommittee briefings to the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee provides potential adaptation strategies for coastal zones and oceans, human health and welfare (including water quality), key infrastructure, local economy and government, natural resources and habitat, and land use. In addition to these issue-specific strategies, the report offers general strategies such as updated hazard mapping, increased financial support for adaptation programs, and revised regulatory and design requirements.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Socioeconomic indicators of heat-related health risk supplemented with remotely sensed data

October 16, 2009

This study evaluates a potential method for determining localized risk from extreme heat events (EHEs) in urban environments by integrating socio-demographic risk factors with estimates of land surface temperature.  Methods that provide more spatially specific information may better inform planning and intervention in areas where increased prevalence of heat-related illness and EHEs are likely to occur.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel P. Johnson, Jeffrey S. Wilson, George C. Luber

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change and Transportation in Maine

October 14, 2009

This report reviews the best available science on observed and projected climate patterns in Maine, synthesizes the influence of climate change on Maine's transportation infrastructure, and lists the measures the state's Department of Transportation (Maine DOT) will take to address project climate impacts. The report is a preliminary summary of Maine’s proactive approach to transportation planning that addresses climate impacts, positioning Maine DOT to receive support from federal agencies.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance

October 5, 2009

On October 5, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, that set sustainability goals for Federal agencies and focuses on making improvements in their environmental, energy and economic performance. The Order establishes an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the Federal Government, and makes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a priority for Federal agencies. In addition, every federal agency is directed to develop, implement, and annually update an integrated Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan.

Author or Affiliated User: President Obama

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change Adaptation: Strategic Federal Planning Could Help Government Officials Make More Informed Decisions (GAO-10-113)

October 2009

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine (1) what actions federal, state, local, and international authorities are taking to adapt to a changing climate; (2) the challenges that federal, state, and local officials face in their efforts to adapt; and (3) actions that Congress and federal agencies could take to help address these challenges.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Adapting to Climate Change: Public Health

June 2009

This issue brief shares results from a climate adaptation research project conducted by Resources for the Future (RFF). The report describes the projected health consequences of climate change impacts, and offers strategies to mitigate some of these adverse effects on public health. 

Author or Affiliated User: Jonathan M. Samet

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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