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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning Study for Water Quality Infrastructure in New Bedford, Fairhaven and Acushnet, Massachusetts

June 30, 2014

The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), hired SeaPlan, an environmental planning firm, to conduct a climate ready estuary assessment and planning effort for the municipalities surrounding New Bedford Harbor. The purpose of this project is to develop an understanding of possible impacts of climate change and potential future responses by the Towns of Acushnet and Fairhaven, and the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts, with specific attention on sea level rise (SLR), precipitation, and frequency or intensity of storms that may affect public infrastructure related to water quality and habitat protection.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM)

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EPA Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation

June 30, 2014

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation, building on the last policy statement released by the EPA in June 2011.

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

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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GAO report: Climate Change Adaptation - DOD Can Improve Infrastructure Planning and Processes to Better Account for Potential Impacts

June 30, 2014

According to this report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on behalf of the Department of Defense (DOD), American military installations across the world are to be severely impacted by climate change. The GAO was asked to assess DOD's actions to adapt its U.S. infrastructure to the current and projected challenges of climate change.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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City of Chester, Pennsylvania Vision 2020: Climate Adaptation Planning Elements

June 25, 2014

This report is a synthesis of the results and recommendations from a two year project funded by the 2012 National Sea Grant Climate Adaptation competition to help coastal communities better plan for future coastal hazards and climate risks. It builds upon PA Sea Grant’s work piloting the NOAA Coastal Services Center’s “Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk” in 2011 and subsequent climate change adaptation goals included in the City of Chester Vision 2020 comprehensive plan. Chester was selected as a grant recipient to model how coastal communities could integrate climate change adaptation into wider economic revitalization strategies.

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Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change to the United States, Final report

June 24, 2014

‘Risky Business’ estimates the impact of projected changes in temperature, precipitation, sea levels, and storm activity on the U. S. economy.   The report presents a new approach to understanding climate risks for key U. S. business sectors, and provides business leaders with a framework for measuring and mitigating their own exposure to climate risk. The Risky Business research focused on damage to coastal property and infrastructure from rising sea levels and increased storm surge, climate-driven changes in agricultural production and energy demand, and the impact of higher temperatures on labor productivity and public health.

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American Sustainable Business Council Poll Report: Small Business Owners' Views on Climate and Energy Policy Reform

June 24, 2014

In 2014, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is continuing its polling of small business owners nationwide, and has covered several different policy areas including climate change. This report highlights the perspective of smaller employers on the effects of future impacts of climate change on their business. 

Related Organizations: American Sustainable Business Council

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City and County of Denver, Colorado Climate Adaptation Plan

June 24, 2014

The City and County of Denver’s Climate Adaptation Plan was released in 2014 to accompany the 2007 Climate Action Plan. Working in concert, the objectives of the adaptation plan are to prepare, mitigate, and plan for risks associated with climate impacts to Denver, specifically: an increase in temperature and urban heat island effect; an increase in frequency of extreme weather events; reduced snowpack and earlier snowmelt.   

Related Organizations: City of Denver, Colorado, Denver County, Denver Department of Environmental Health

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20 Good Ideas for Promoting Resilience

June 20, 2014

A number of states and local governments are already taking tangible actions to address their growing vulnerability to severe storms, persistent drought, worsening flooding, and devastating wildfires.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

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Resilient Rhode Island Act (2014-H 7904)

June 19, 2014

On June 19, 2014 both houses of the Rhode Island legislature passed the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014. The Act follows Governor Chafee’e Executive Order creating the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Council (February 21, 2014), and provides a framework for state government to adaptively plan for and manage climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: Brown University Center for Environmental Studies

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Vermont's Roadmap to Resilience

December 16, 2013

From the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) 'Vermont’s Roadmap to Resilience: Preparing for Natural Disasters and the Effects of Climate Change in the Green Mountain State' is a plan and guidance designed to increase Vermont’s preparedness for the effects of climate change and extreme weather impacts. ISC developed recommendations which are basis of the report, aimed at building the state’s resilience at the community and statewide level.

Related Organizations: Institute for Sustainable Communities

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