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Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Understanding the Link and Managing the Risk

December 2011

This white paper was provided by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), - previously the Pew Center on Global Climate Change - describing the current and future severity of extreme weather events resulting from global warming, and approaches for managing this risk.  The report prioritizes the understanding of the meaning of risk of extreme weather and how it relates to changes in the climate system as being crucial to assessing vulnerability and planning for the future. 

Related Organizations: The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel G. Huber, Jay Gulledge

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Flooded Bus Barns and Buckled Rails: Public Transportation and Climate Change Adaptation

August 2011

This report from the Federal Transit Administration compiles climate change adaptation analyses and information for use in adapting U.S. public transportation assets and services to climate change impacts. The report is targeted at transit professionals and aims to prompt the consideration of climate resiliency in the transit industry by providing sector-specific adaptation information.

Related Organizations: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Author or Affiliated User: Tina Hodges

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Charles River Watershed Association Green Infrastructure Demonstration Projects

The Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), through its “Blue Cities Initiative,” develops demonstration projects that feature green infrastructure along streets and in other public and private spaces, with the goal of managing increases in precipitation caused by climate change. More frequent and intense rainfall events will increase the risks of flooding, sewer overflows, and water pollution in the Northeast. CRWA has implemented demonstration projects in the Boston metropolitan area to illustrate and assess the effectiveness of different green stormwater management techniques, including permeable pavements and roadside vegetation, and to encourage replication of these strategies in other areas.

Related Organizations: Charles River Watershed Association, City of Boston, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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NOAA Coastal Zone Enhancement Grants (Section 309)

NOAA's Coastal Zone Enhancement Program (CFDA Number: 11. 419) provides formula grants to state and territorial coastal zone management programs to help jurisdictions enhance and improve the management of coastal resources in nine "enhancement areas" (defined below).  Funds are provided directly to states that can use those grants to assess their coastal management programs and identify opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of their programs.  Grants are used to develop legal and policy changes and cannot be used for capital projects.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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NOAA Coastal Zone Management grants -- Section 306/306a

NOAA provides formula grant funding to coastal states to support administration and specific projects to implement each state’s coastal management plan under Sections 306 and 306a of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CFDA Number: 11.419). 

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Greenworks Philadelphia 2015 Progress Report

June 30, 2015

In June 2015, Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the 2015 Greenworks Philadelphia Progress Report, the sixth and final summary of the work completed under the City of Philadelphia’s comprehensive sustainability plan between 2009-2015. The 2015 report includes target specific achievements over the last year, cumulative metrics and trends, work that remains in progress, and specific recommendations including a framework for an updated sustainability plan in Philadelphia in the short-term.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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California LCC Climate-Smart Conservation Funding

June 2015

The California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Steering Committee has approved 2015 funding for three "climate-smart" ecosystem process projects totaling $360,000. The focus for FY 2015 funding is to support increased understanding of the impacts of changing hydrologic regimes and processes on species, habitats, and ecosystems that will lead to development of Climate-Smart Conservation actions by natural resource managers.

Related Organizations: Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)

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Tabletop Exercise Tool for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities

The EPA developed the Tabletop Exercise Tool for Water Systems: Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Climate Resiliency (TTX Tool) to assist those interested in planning and facilitating tabletop exercises that focus on Water Sector-related issues.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Strategies in New York State

The “Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in New York State" project was undertaken by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) ClimAID science team.   The vulnerability assessment considers the effects of climate change on New York, including rising sea levels, increasing temperatures, and changing weather patterns. The project draws upon both local experience and scientific knowledge by involving numerous stakeholders in eight key sectors: agriculture, communications, ecosystems, energy, ocean coastal zones, public health, transportation, and water resources.

Related Organizations: Columbia University, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Cornell University, The City University of New York

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Federal Climate Change Adaptation Plans

February 7, 2013

On February 7th, 2013, 35 federal agencies released their third annual Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans, which for the first time included Climate Change Adaptation Plans to help federal agencies reach sustainability and climate change resilience goals. Web links to all current Federal Adaptation Plans can be found on this site. 

Related Organizations: White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force

Resource Category: Planning

 

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