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Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment: Evaluating Washington's Future in a Changing Climate

2009

This is the full assessment report detailing the findings of the Climate Impacts Group's climate change impact assessment of Washington. The Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment (WACCIA) involved developing updated climate change scenarios for the state and using these scenarios to assess the impacts of climate change on the following sectors: agriculture, coasts, energy, forests, human health, hydrology and water resources, salmon, and urban stormwater infrastructure. A chapter is dedicated to regional climate modeling.

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The London Rivers Action Plan

January 2009

This Action Plan outlines restoration opportunities for non-tidal freshwater tributaries to the Thames River in and around the City of London, England. It addresses the issues of flood risk management, adaptation to climate change, urban renewal, and conservation to sustain local waterways.

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DOI Secretarial Order 3226, Amendment No. 1, 2009 - DOI Climate Change Task Force

January 16, 2009

In 2007, a Climate Change Task Force was created within the Department of the Interior (DOI) to study climate change and its effects on the responsibilities of the Department.   The Task Force included three subcommittees that developed options for actions DOI should consider with respect to legal and policy issues, land and water management issues, and climate change scientific issues.  This Amendment to the Order provides guidance to bureaus and offices within the DOI on how to provide leadership by developing timely responses to these emerging climate change issues.

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Silver Jackets

The Silver Jackets programs brings multiple federal agencies together to work with state, local, and tribal partners to help them better prepare for natural disasters and reduce flood risks.  The goal of the program is to help create a state-led interagency team that can leverage multiple different programs and develop more holistic solutions.  Common participating agencies include hazard mitigation, emergency management, floodplain management, natural resources management.  Federal agencies often include the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service, and the US Geological Service.

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A Sustainable Path: Meeting Future Water and Energy Demands in the Arkansas River Basin - Executive Summary

2009

This Executive Summary outlines strategies for municipalities and the energy sector within the Arkansas River Basin to meet growing water use demands while conserving the Basin’s natural resources. The Arkansas River is a major tributary of the Mississippi River which traverses Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The river's initial basin starts in Colorado, specifically the Arkansas River Valley, where the headwaters derive from the snowpack in the Collegiate Peaks.

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Oregon Global Warming Commission 2009 Report to the Legislature

January 2009

This progress report, while mainly directed at mitigation recommendations for which action by the state legislature is needed, summarizes other recommendations not requiring legislation to proceed, such as: internalizing climate change adaptation into agency work programs; coordinating, prioritizing, and funding research; updating the Oregon Conservation Strategy; developing an integrated water management plan; and funding efforts to reduce risks of uncharacteristic forest fires (Resolution Number 2008-5-007).

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Federal Agency Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans (SSPP)

2009

On October 5, 2009, President Obama signed the Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance Executive Order (E. O. 13514) requiring each federal agency to develop, implement, and annually update an integrated Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP).   Each plan includes a discussion of the climate change risks and vulnerabilities on the agency's operations and mission. The E. O. also requires agencies to actively participate in the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and “develop approaches through which the policies and practices of the agencies can be made compatible with and reinforce that strategy.

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Climate Ready Estuaries 2009 Progress Report

2009

This report details progress made in the Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) program from its inception, in 2008, through 2009. CRE, in partnership with the National Estuaries Program (NEP), is helping estuaries assess their vulnerability to climate change impacts, engage stakeholders and develop monitoring and adaptation plans. Together with the 2010 CRE Progress Report, these reports provide a summary on the design and accomplishments of CRE to date, as well as next steps.

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Maryland DNR Coast Smart Communities Initiative

2009

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) CoastSmart Communities Initiative is a program dedicated to assisting Maryland’s coastal communities address short- and long-term coastal hazards, such as coastal flooding, storm surge, and sea level rise. CoastSmart connects local planners to essential information, tools, people, and trainings.

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Focus on Impacts of Climate Change in Washington State

February 2009

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington and the Climate Leadership Initiative (CLI) (formerly at the University of Oregon) developed this focus sheet which summarizes two separate studies released in February 2009, detailing the projected impacts of climate change on Washington's environment and economy. Both reports demonstrate that without additional action to reduce carbon emissions, the severity and duration of the impacts due to climate change will be profound and will negatively affect nearly every part of Washington's economy.

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