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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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Birds and Climate Change: Ecological Disruption in Motion

February 2009

Also titled "A Briefing for Policymakers and Concerned Citizens on Audubon's Analyses of North American Bird Movements in the Face of Global Warming," this report synthesizes projected and observed climate change impacts to coastal, water, and land birds in the continental U. S. It provides an analysis of four decades of Christmas Bird Count data in a non-scientific format, current and projected trends within avian communities, as well as high-level policy recommendations and suggestions for species and habitat adaptation plans.

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Water Scarcity and Climate Change: Growing Risks for Businesses and Investors

February 2009

In a world where industries are dependent on water, where water sustains our global economy, and climate change is likely to exacerbate already diminishing water supplies, few business have contemplated the risks of a diminishing water supply. This report covers global water trends and climate change, analyzes water-related business risks, and evaluates industry sector risks. Water-related risks discussed are specific to eight water-intensive industry sectors: high-tech, beverage, agriculture, electric power/energy, apparel,  biotechnology/pharmaceutical, forest products, and metals/mining.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jason Morrison, Mari Morikawa, Mohd Khawlie, Michael Murphy, Peter Schulte

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Forest-Climate Working Group

February 2009

The Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) is a broad and diverse coalition of forest stakeholders formed to develop consensus recommendations for U. S. forest components of federal climate legislation. The participants in the Forest-Climate Working Group — landowner, industry, conservation, wildlife, carbon finance, and forestry organizations — engaged in a year of facilitated consensus dialog to develop this policy platform. Their recommendations focus in three areas:  1) Offset Credits for Forest Carbon Activities; 2) Beyond Offsets - Incentive, Research, and Technical Assistance Programs; and 3) Forest Adaptation; which are detailed in this report.

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Climate Change Impacts on Water Management in the Puget Sound Region, Washington, USA

2009

This report presents historical observations and reliability analyses for planning by water utilities in the Puget Sound basin cities of Everett, Seattle, and Tacoma. By comparing changes in streamflow and snowpack and forecasting hydrological changes, this paper reviews the potential of the region's water supply systems to meet future demands. Each of the three water supply systems were analyzed, and water management models for each city are described. The models are then used to explore - without adaptations - the climate resiliency of the three systems over the next century, and the projected changes in water demand.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Julie A. Vano, Nathalie Voisin, Lan Cuo, Alan F. Hamlet, Marketa McGuire Elsner, Richard N. Palmer, Austin Polebitski, Dennis P. Lettenmaier

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King County, Washington Climate Report 2008

January 2009

This document is the second annual progress report on King County's 2007 Climate Plan, providing activities the County is undertaking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to anticipate and adapt to projected climate change impacts. The report's adaptation highlights include a training program for coastal managers and planners on how to prepare for climate change, the rebuilding of the regional levee system, the completion of the Reclaimed Water Feasibility Study, the initiation of a reclaimed water plan, the development of a Vulnerable Facilities Inventory for sea-level rise impacts to wastewater treatment infrastructure, and the completion of the 2008 King County Biodiversity Report.

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King County, Washington Climate Report 2009

2009

The 2009 King County Climate Report documents actions during the previous year that implement the 2007 King County Climate Plan. It also gives an overview of anticipated activities for 2010. The report outlines progress and plans in four key areas: leadership, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and assessment.

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Climate Change: A Serious Threat to Public Health

2009

This brief fact sheet presents the key findings and analysis from a survey of 57 state and territorial governments regarding current activities and programs designed to address the public health consequences of climate change. The survey focused on the current climate change practices, perceptions, and resource needs of state and territorial health agencies. The responses presented in this fact sheet indicate a belief among most respondents that climate change will pose serious health problems to their state or territory.

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Proceedings of the First National Expert and Stakeholder Workshop on Water Infrastructure Sustainability and Adaptation to Climate Change

January 2009

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held its First National Expert and Stakeholder Workshop on Water Infrastructure Sustainability and Adaptation to Climate Change on January 6-7, 2009, in Arlington, Virginia. Sponsored by the EPA Office of Water and Office of Research and Development, the workshop was attended by more than 130 invited experts and stakeholders from the federal, research, utility, engineering, academic, and NGO sectors. The workshop included several plenary sessions and focused on two major topics: 1) Climate Change Impacts on Hydrology and Water Resource Management, and 2) Adaptive Management and Engineering: Information and Tools.

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Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change

2009

The Committee on Strategic Advice on the U. S. Climate Change Science Program and National Research Council published this book acknowledging that policy decisions are already being made to limit or adapt to climate change and its impacts, but recognizing there is a need for greater integration between science and decision making.   This book proposes six priorities for restructuring the United States Climate Change Research Program to develop a more robust knowledge base and support informed responses.

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