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The Status of the Coral Reef Ecosystems of Guam

December 2008

This report provides an assessment of the status of the coral reef ecosystems of Guam between 2004 and 2007. The findings of various monitoring activities, assessments, and stand-alone investigations conducted by local and federal agencies, educational/research institutions, and government contractors since 2004 were synthesized to obtain an updated, holistic view of the status of Guam’s reefs. Climate change is addressed as a significant factor in the decline of the coral reef in Guam.   'Climate Change, Coral Bleaching, and Ocean Acidification' is a sub-section of the report explaining that coral bleaching is an emerging threat, and will likely grow more severe with increasing sea surface temperatures associated with global climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: D. Burdick, V. Brown, J. Asher, C. Caballes, M. Gawel, L. Goldman, A. Hall, J. Kenyon, T. Leberer, E. Lundblad, J. McIlwain, J. Miller, D. Minton, M. Nadon, N. Pioppi, L. Raymundo, B. Richards, R. Schroeder, P. Schupp, E. Smith, B. Zgliczynski

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Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan 2008 for New York City

December 2008

The 2008 Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan was New York City's first comprehensive analysis of the costs and benefits of alternative green infrastructure methods for controlling stormwater. The product of an interagency task force, this plan provides a framework for testing, assessing, and implementing small installations to control stormwater at its source, such as source controls, green infrastructure, low impact development, best management practices, or BMPs.

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Prince Edward Island and Climate Change: A Strategy for Reducing the Impacts of Global Warming

November 20, 2008

As an island with a highly erodible sandstone bedrock, a sandy shoreline with many estuaries and marshes, and the ongoing submergence of its coast, Prince Edward Island has been identified as one of the areas most vulnerable to sea level rise in Canada. This strategy from the Government of Prince Edward Island presents the current and projected climate change impacts on the island, while delineating mitigation measures across many sectors, as well as general adaptation strategies. 

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Adding Green to Urban Design: A City for Us and Future Generations

November 20, 2008

Adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission in November 2008, this urban planning document presents a detailed implementation strategy for economically sound and environmentally sustainable urban design.  Elements for consideration encompass all areas of the city exposed to the environment from the building exterior to the street - including roofs, facades, yards, landscapes, open spaces, parkways, driveways, sidewalks, alleys, and roadways.

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California Executive Order S-13-08 Requiring State Adaptation Strategy

November 14, 2008

Approved and signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in November 2008, this executive order requires the California Natural Resources Agency to develop a state Climate Adaptation Strategy in coordination with local, regional, state and federal public and private entities. 

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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National Capital Region Climate Change Report

November 12, 2008

This report was prepared by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Climate Change Steering Committee (CCSC), comprised of officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.  This report presents recommendations for regional action by proposing broad goals, identifying actions that will begin to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions, and setting in place a process to implement the regional framework as presented in this document.

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Climate Change in the Caribbean and the Challenge of Adaptation

October 2008

This report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) highlights climate change trends and climate variability, the impact to Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and the efforts in responding to these issues. The report offers a broad survey of the efforts at national and regional levels, highlighting successful experiences and good practices, while also identifying gaps in knowledge and institutional weaknesses for addressing the threats, risks, challenges, and opportunities associated with climate change.

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North Carolina's Coasts in Crisis: A Vision for the Future

October 2008

This report, prepared by two groups at East Carolina University, describes the risks that sea level rise poses for the North Carolina Coast.

Authors or Affiliated Users: S.R. Riggs, S.J. Culver, D.V. Ames, D.J. Mallison, P.R. Corbett, J.P. Walsh

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Sea Level Rise: Technical Guidance for Dorchester County, Maryland

October 2008

This report describes Dorchester County's vulnerability to sea-level rise and specific policy response options. The report follows the outline established in the state's sea-level rise response strategy, including: Vulnerability and Impact Assessment; Long-Range and Comprehensive Planning; Codes, Regulations and Development Standards; and Public Education and Outreach.

Author or Affiliated User: Wanda Diane Cole

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Urban Heat Island Mitigation Can Improve New York City’s Environment: Research on the Impacts of Mitigation Strategies

October 2008

Green “living” roofs and “cool” highly reflective roofs are building technologies that may offer solutions to mitigate the problems of the urban heat island effect.   Focusing on why these particular techniques may be incorporated into strategies for urban heat island mitigation, this paper reviews research assessing their environmental impacts, and discusses the effects of these "smart" rooftops on ambient air temperatures, energy use, and air quality.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Rob Crauderuff, Majora Carter

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