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Warming of the Oceans and Implications for the (Re)Insurance Industry

June 2013

This report from the Geneva Association gives an overview of the detected changes in the oceans and their impact on extreme events and hazard probabilities over the last few decades. It summarizes the changes in risk management strategies that (re)insurance companies can implement in order to address the new situation appropriately, comply with regulatory requirements and ultimately improve their ratings. 

Related Organizations: The Geneva Association

Author or Affiliated User: Falk Niehörster

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Understanding the Adaptation Provisions of the Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act

May 24, 2013

Disaster relief funding presents an opportunity for state and local governments to rebuild in a manner that anticipates and responds to future changes in the climate. In most cases, programs funded through disaster relief appropriations, such as the Sandy Relief Act, provide administering agencies with enough authority to prepare for climate changes during the rebuilding process. 

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jessica Grannis, Nicole Smith

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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America's Water Risk: Water Stress and Climate Variability

May 15, 2013

With the support of Veolia Water, this study was conducted by Columbia University’s Water Center, examining the nation's water supply, and how climate could affect vulnerability to short and long term droughts.

Related Organizations: Columbia University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel Shi, Naresh Devineni, Upmanu Lall, Edwin Piñero

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Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Regulations

May 10, 2013

The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Regulations, 310 CMR 11.00 et seq., were last revised as of May 10, 2013, and now contain language that requires all state agencies to prepare for climate change impacts, in addition to limiting greenhouse gas emissions. 

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Growing Greener: Eco-Structure for Climate Resilience

May 2013

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) partnered with King County, Washington, to help develop the Urban and Community Forestry Climate Preparedness and Response (CPR) tool. Using this on-line tool, landowners can view their own property using Geographic Information System (GIS), which then quantifies and explains existing land and forest characteristics (e. g. , total forest carb on stored at a particular site). NWF produced this guide designed to help local governments, organizations, and others replicate the CPR website and tool for their own communities, while also learning about the ways in which green infrastructure can provide natural protection from the impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington, National Wildlife Federation

Author or Affiliated User: Kara E. Reeve

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Clean and Resilient Marina Guidebook

May 2013

Produced by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA), this guidebook aims to ensure the viability of the marine and boating businesses in the Gulf states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Texas facing extreme weather, sea level rise, flooding and erosion. The goal of the Clean and Resilient Marina Guidebook is to provide uniform standards for the resiliency of marinas across the Gulf’s coastal states and to complement existing Clean Marina Programs in these states. A Resilient Marina Task Force was developed with members representing state coastal zone management programs as well as Sea Grant universities from each of the participating GOMA states.

Related Organizations: Gulf of Mexico Alliance

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Severe Weather and Critical Infrastructure Resilience: Preparing Washington D.C. (Meeting Summary)

April 23, 2013

The District of Columbia has initiated a climate change adaptation assessment to examine current and projected risks from severe weather and to develop a resilience plan to sustain and enhance the District’s economy and quality of life. On March 14, 2013, the District Department of Environment (DDOE), the District Office of Planning (OP), and the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) held a workshop to gather input to help shape future preparation efforts to ensure they reflect stakeholder knowledge, experience and priorities.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC, Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), District of Columbia Office of Planning, District of Columbia

Resource Category: Planning

 

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U.S. GAO report: Climate Change - Future Federal Adaptation Efforts Could Better Support Local Infrastructure Decision Makers (GAO-13-242)

April 12, 2013

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine issues related to infrastructure decision making and climate change. The performance audit was conducted from October 2011 to April 2013.

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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Commons Map

April 2013

Climate Commons is a map-based interactive platform that contains layers of news and information on climate change in the US. It is designed to provide academics, policymakers, journalists, and the general public with the latest data and stories on the causes and impacts of, and responses to climate change across the country. The map combines the most recently available data on climate change indicators, such as temperature, precipitation, and emissions, with the latest, geo-tagged stories on climate change in the United States.

Related Organizations: Earth Journalism Network

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Caltrans Activities to Address Climate Change: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Adapting to Impacts

April 2013

This report provides a comprehensive overview of activities undertaken by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt the state’s transportation system to the impacts of climate change. It also identifies opportunities for additional reductions in GHG emissions and climate adaptation activities that Caltrans may consider in the future.

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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