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Estimating Future Costs for Alaska Public Infrastructure at Risk from Climate Change

June 2007

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage created a model to estimate how much climate change could add to the costs of maintaining public infrastructure in Alaska in the near future (by 2030). This report describes how that model was developed, and presents preliminary estimates of additional public infrastructure costs resulting from climate change. The report concludes that a changing climate could make it 10 to 20 percent more expensive to build and maintain infrastructure, and that climate change induced damages could add $3.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Peter Larsen, Scott Goldsmith, Orson Smith, Meghan Wilson, Ken Strzepek, Paul Chinowsky, Ben Saylor

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Preparing for the Storm: Recommendations for Management of Risk from Coastal Hazards in Massachusetts

May 2007

Launched by the Romney Administration and the state legislature in 2006, the role of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management's Coastal Hazards Commission (CHC) is to review existing coastal hazards practices and policies, identify data and information gaps, and make recommendations for administrative, regulatory, and statutory changes. The Commission released this report to summarize its findings after it reviewed coastal hazards associated with sea-level rise, hurricanes, northeasters and reduced sediment supply; moreover, it evaluated existing policies, potential knowledge gaps, and developed potential adaptation policies.

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Cities Preparing for Climate Change: A Study of Six Urban Regions

May 2007

To continue adaptation efforts for Toronto and provide support to other Canadian cities and municipalities, the Clean Air Partnership made site visits to six municipalities that, at the time, were considered “early adopters” or “early responders” on adaptation and prepared this report on the lessons for other cities from their experiences. The study provides lessons from the experience of six cities that have developed adaptation plans including London, New York, Boston, Halifax, Vancouver, and Seattle.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Eva Ligeti, Jennifer Penney, Ireen Wieditz

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Massachusetts StormSmart Coasts Program

2008

StormSmart Coasts is a program for coastal management decision makers and communities, providing the latest and best information on coastal weather and climate hazards. The successful launch of the Massachusetts StormSmart Coasts initiative in 2008 led to the development of a national network in 2009. The network is a partnership of coastal decision makers supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, Northeast Regional Ocean Council, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, and others which represent the StormSmart Coasts Network.

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California Dept. of Fish and Game Climate Science Program

2008

The California Department of Fish and Game's (DFG’s) mission is 'to manage California’s diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and their use and enjoyment by the public. ' The Climate Science Program was created in 2008 as part of the Climate Science and Renewable Energy Branch to help the Department address climate change, in support of this mission. The Program is designed to minimize the negative effects of climate change through the development of adaptation and mitigation measures, policies, and practices that provide clear benefits to the state’s fish, wildlife, and terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

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City of Tucson, Arizona Framework for Advancing Sustainability

2008

In 2008, Tucson’s Mayor Walkup and Council formally established the "Framework for Advancing Sustainability," developing a comprehensive sustainability program for the City of Tucson.

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A Sustainable Path: Meeting Nevada's Water and Energy Demands

2008

In this report, Western Resource Advocates (WRA) assess future water demands for municipal water use, agricultural water use, and water use in electricity generation for Nevada. Under several scenarios, the water demands in each sector are projected for 2015 and 2030. The scenarios developed include alternate scenarios that demonstrate the positive impact of water use efficiency, energy efficiency, and renewable sources of energy. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stacy Tellinghuisen, David Berry, Bart Miller, Taryn Hutchins-Cabibi, Charles Benjamin, Nicole Theerasatiankul

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City of Tucson, Arizona 2008 Update to Water Plan: 2000-2050

2008

Tucson, Arizona's Water Plan: 2000-2050 was issued by the City of Tucson's Water Department (Tucson Water) in 2004. In this 2008 update, the substantive issues and challenges to ensuring a secure water future remain largely the same (they are detailed in the 2004 Water Plan). However, the planning time frames within which to address these challenges have changed and are discussed in this update. This update also accounts for revised population projections that have since been developed, an increase in the city's Central Arizona Project allocation, and changed planning assumptions and priorities that evolved in the last three years.

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Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability - Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

2007

From the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II, this report summarizes the 2007 scientific understanding of the impacts of climate change on natural, managed, and human systems around the world, the capacity of these systems to adapt, and their vulnerability. It builds upon past IPCC assessments and incorporates new knowledge gained since the Third Assessment. Consistent with all IPCC reports, the WGII contribution to the Fourth Assessment Report is a comprehensive assessment of the peer-reviewed published literature and selected gray literature on climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Martin L. Parry, Osvaldo F. Canziani, Jean P. Palutikof, Paul J. van der Linden, Clair E. Hanson

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The US Economic Impacts of Climate Change and the Costs of Inaction

October 2007

This report presents a review of economic studies for the U. S. , as related to some predicted impacts of climate change. The "costs of inaction" are evaluated - how a failure to reduce greenhouse gases can make response and adaptation to climate impacts even more expensive. The analysis is not focused on the costs of controlling emissions, rather it considers resultant expenses, such as rebuilding communities and other ripple economic effects on many sectors, in order to develop a more comprehensive estimate of financial impact.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Matthias Ruth, Dana Coelho, Daria Karetnikov

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