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Connecticut Public Act 13-179: An Act Concerning the Permitting of Certain Coastal Structures by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

October 1, 2013

Public Act 13-179: "An Act Concerning the Permitting of Certain Coastal Structures by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection" requires the development of best practices for permitting of coastal structures and refines coastal regulatory procedures for ease of use by the public. The Act contains updated sea level rise considerations and planning procedures, including the projected impacts on coastal development and permitting.

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

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Building Resilience in Boston: Best Practices for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience for Existing Buildings

August 7, 2013

This report was prepared for the Boston Society of Architects and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Climate Preparedness Working Group, and discusses how to better incorporate climate change, preparedness, and resiliency into Boston’s building practices. The report addresses Boston’s population and built environment and, specifically, their vulnerabilities such as variations in the age and construction of the city’s building stock and the populous communities built on infill land and in other low-lying areas.

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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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Nebraska LB 583 - Provide duties for the Climate Assessment Response Committee

June 4, 2013

Introduced by Senator Ken Haar and approved by Governor Sandoval on June 4, 2013, LB 583 is the first legislation to address climate change in Nebraska. The purpose of the law is to delineate the responsibilities of the Climate Assessment Response Committee. LB 583 requires the Committee to report to the Governor on the impacts of climate change on Nebraska and facilitate communication between stakeholders to address such impacts and response strategies.

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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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