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Assessing the Legal Toolbox for Sea Level Rise Adaptation in Delaware: Options and Challenges for Regulators, Policymakers, Property Owners, and the Public

May 21, 2014

From the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Widener Law, this report reviews the legal tools available for sea level rise adaptation in the State of Delaware, and analyzes the legal issues related to the use of each tool. The report also discusses the current status of the tools under Delaware law, and provides recommendations for changes needed in Delaware law to make them more effective.

Related Organizations: Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Widener Law, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kenneth T. Kristl, Harry Cook, Rebecca Drowos, William Eppler, Joshua Grajewski, Kari Hassett, Jay Patel, Adam Wojewodzki, Justin Forcier

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Maryland HB 118: Bay Acidification Bill

May 5, 2014

Maryland's Bay Acidification Bill (House Bill 118), signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley in May 2014, taking effect July 1, 2014, creates a Task Force to evaluate and address the effects of ocean acidification and the changing chemistry in the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland waterways.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland, University of Maryland

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Maryland HB 615: Coast Smart Council Law

May 5, 2014

Maryland’s Coast Smart Council bill (House Bill 615) was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley on May 5, 2014; the law directs that all new and reconstructed State facilities be planned and built to avoid or minimize future flood damage. The law also creates the Coast Smart Council to oversee the state infrastructure projects.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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A Geospatial Dataset for U.S. Hurricane Storm Surge and Sea-level Rise Vulnerability: Development and Case Study Applications

April 2014

Published in the ‘Climate Risk Management’ journal, this study presents the results of an effort to develop storm surge inundation layers for the eastern U.S. - a first pass assessment of exposure to hurricane storm surge and sea-level rise for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. The results include multiple inundation mapping overlays reflecting both hurricanes of different intensities as well as various scenarios of sea-level rise.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Megan C. Maloney, Benjamin L. Preston

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CCAP Meeting Summary: Green Resilience Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Synergies

April 2014

The purpose of this report is to capture best practices and lessons learned from experts in the field who are contributing to an integrated approach to climate adaptation and mitigation. These best practice and lessons learned are from the “Climate Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies: Pursuing Implementation Pilots” symposium and workshop sessions held at the 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment Conference held in Washington, DC From January 28-30, 2014.

Related Organizations: Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), Georgetown Climate Center

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The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems

April 2014

The Center for American Progress (CAP) and Oxfam America collaborated with a research team to identify and analyze 3 coastal restoration sites of the 50 that NOAA funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A detailed economic analysis of three sites was produced that exemplify the potential economic benefits of coastal restoration. The sites analyzed for the report are an oyster reef and sea grass restoration project in the Seaside Bays of Virginia, an oyster reef project in Mobile Bay, Alabama, and salt marsh restoration in San Francisco Bay, California.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress, Oxfam America

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael Conathan, Jeffrey Buchanan, Shiva Polefka

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Virginia HJ 16: Recurrent flooding; joint subcommittee established to formulate recommendations to address

March 8, 2014

The Virginia General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution No.16 in 2014, which considers the issue of recurrent flooding in Tidewater and Eastern Shore locales and establishes a “joint subcommittee to formulate recommendations for the development of a comprehensive and coordinated planning effort to address recurrent flooding” that will meet for two years.

Related Organizations: State of Virginia

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change: Energy Infrastructure Risks and Adaptation Efforts (GAO-14-74)

March 4, 2014

The U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has examined the vulnerability of the nation's energy infrastructure to climate change impacts. This report describes their findings including: (1) what is known about potential impacts of climate change on U. S. energy infrastructure; (2) measures that can reduce climate-related risks and adapt energy infrastructure to climate change; and (3) the role of the federal government in adapting energy infrastructure and adaptation steps selected federal entities have taken.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

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Climate Change: Evidence and Causes

February 27, 2014

The US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of the UK jointly produced “Climate Change: Evidence & Causes,” building upon the climate-related work from both national academies, as well as on the newest climate change assessment from the U. N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report reviews what is well understood about climate change, and where research is needed. It also presents current areas of active debate and ongoing research, such as the link between ocean heat content and the rate of warming.

Related Organizations: The Royal Society , National Academy of Sciences

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Extreme Weather Events: Limiting Federal Fiscal Exposure and Increasing the Nation's Resilience (GAO-14-364T)

February 12, 2014

This report represents the testimony provided by Mark Gaffigan, the Managing Director of Natural Resources and Environment for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the U.S. Senate. This testimony is based on reports the GAO issued from March 2007 to November 2013.

Related Organizations: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Author or Affiliated User: Mark Gaffigan

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