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Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

August 2013

This article, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, quantifies present and future flood losses in the world’s largest 136 coastal cities. The researchers conclude that the world’s coastal cities cannot afford to ignore adaptation measures and policies in the face of increasing climate-related flood losses.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stephane Hallegatte, Colin Green, Robert J. Nicholls, Jan Corfee-Morlot

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Establishing the Washington Coastal Marine and Marine Resources Advisory Councils (2013-14 ESB 5603)

July 28, 2013

Effective July 28, 2013 under Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Engrossed Senate Bill 5603 established a Coastal Marine Advisory Council and a Marine Resources Advisory Council. The Coastal Marine Advisory Council was created to be a forum for discussing a variety of coastal water issues and to provide recommendations to the governor and legislature on coastal waters resource management issues. The Marine Resources Advisory Council was created to focus more specifically on issues of ocean acidification and provide recommendations to the governor and legislature of actions to reduce the effects and sources of ocean acidification.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Ecology

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Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change

July 16, 2013

From the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), this report provides a detailed snapshot of the state of resilience planning among a cross-section of global companies, and outlines steps companies can take to better assess and manage their growing climate risks. The report includes a comprehensive review of resilience practices among S&P Global 100 Index companies and detailed case studies of six companies in diverse sectors: American Water, Bayer, The Hartford Group, National Grid, Rio Tinto and Weyerhaeuser.

Related Organizations: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Meg Crawford, Stephen Seidel

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New Hampshire Senate Bill 163: Establishing a commission to recommend legislation to prepare for projected sea level rise and other coastal and coastal watershed hazards

July 2, 2013

Senate Bill 163 establishes a Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission for the State of New Hampshire.  The commission is directed to recommend future legislation in order for coastal communities and the state to better prepare for rising sea levels and other weather-related hazards.

Related Organizations: State of New Hampshire

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Connecticut Special Act 13-9: An Act Concerning Climate Change Adaptation and Data Collection

June 6, 2013

In 2013, the Connecticut legislature approved Special Act 13-9, ‘An Act Concerning Climate Change Adaptation and Data Collection,’ in which the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the University of Connecticut are charged with collecting climate data, monitoring requirements, and reporting guidelines on climate change adaptation in the state.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), University of Connecticut

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Washington Connected Landscapes Project: An Evaluation of the Utility of Fine-Scale, Downscaled Climate Projections for Connectivity Conservation Planning

June 2013

This study, conducted by the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group, analyzed the usefulness of downscaled temperature and precipitation projections for informing habitat connectivity conservation planning. The goal of the study was to determine whether downscaled climate projections could help identify habitat corridors that are most resilient to climate change and should be prioritized for conservation investment decisions.

Related Organizations: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife , Washington State Department of Transportation

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District of Columbia Green Area Ratio - Zoning Regulations

October 1, 2013

The District of Columbia (Washington D. C. ) Green Area Ratio (GAR) is an environmental sustainability zoning regulation which sets requirements for landscape elements and site design to help reduce stormwater runoff, improve air quality, and mitigate urban heat. The GAR sets minimum lot coverage standards for landscape and site design features to promote greater livability, ecological function, and climate adaptation in the urban environment. The GAR requirements provide a firm retention target and allow local governments to weight the elements they prefer in order to influence behavior, while providing some measure of flexibility for property owners.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC

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Florida Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool for Transportation Planning

September 2013

Developed by researchers at the University of Florida and funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), this report details the development of a Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool for assessing vulnerabilities of transportation facilities to sea level rise. This planning framework builds off of previous FDOT-funded research that was conducted in 2012 by Florida Atlantic University, and is detailed in the report Development of a Methodology for the Assessment of Sea Level Rise Impacts on Florida’s Transportation Modes and Infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Florida Department of Transportation, University of Florida, Florida Atlantic University (FAU)

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Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World

June 18, 2013

Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World details how a warming climate could lead to a decline in some bird populations and even some extinction if action is not taken to curb GHG emissions and adopt “climate-smart” conservation strategies. Recommendations are provided on how to address climate impacts on wildlife by reducing carbon pollution, and for safeguarding species from the current and future impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

Author or Affiliated User: Doug Inkley

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Resilient Communities for America Agreement

June 2013

The Resilient Communities for America Agreement is a national campaign to mobilize hundreds of U. S. local elected officials - mayors, county executives, city council members, etc. - who pledge to create more resilient cities, towns, and counties, built to overcome the nation’s extreme weather, energy, and economic challenges. The campaign is designed to inspire greater local leadership on resilience, and to provide local governments that join the campaign with critical resources to help them achieve their goals.

Related Organizations: Resilient Communities for America

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