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Climate Change and Transportation in Maine

October 14, 2009

This report reviews the best available science on observed and projected climate patterns in Maine, synthesizes the influence of climate change on Maine's transportation infrastructure, and lists the measures the state's Department of Transportation (Maine DOT) will take to address project climate impacts. The report is a preliminary summary of Maine’s proactive approach to transportation planning that addresses climate impacts, positioning Maine DOT to receive support from federal agencies.

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Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance

October 5, 2009

On October 5, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, that set sustainability goals for Federal agencies and focuses on making improvements in their environmental, energy and economic performance. The Order establishes an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the Federal Government, and makes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a priority for Federal agencies. In addition, every federal agency is directed to develop, implement, and annually update an integrated Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan.

Author or Affiliated User: President Obama

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Climate Change Adaptation: Strategic Federal Planning Could Help Government Officials Make More Informed Decisions (GAO-10-113)

October 2009

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to examine (1) what actions federal, state, local, and international authorities are taking to adapt to a changing climate; (2) the challenges that federal, state, and local officials face in their efforts to adapt; and (3) actions that Congress and federal agencies could take to help address these challenges.

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Adapting to Climate Change: Public Health

June 2009

This issue brief shares results from a climate adaptation research project conducted by Resources for the Future (RFF). The report describes the projected health consequences of climate change impacts, and offers strategies to mitigate some of these adverse effects on public health. 

Author or Affiliated User: Jonathan M. Samet

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Adapting to Climate Change: The Public Policy Response - Public Infrastructure

June 2009

Leveraging prior U. S. infrastructure assessments, this report synthesizes threats to and the needs of public infrastructure posed by climate change. Infrastructure asset types discussed include: wastewater and waterworks systems, electric power generation and transmission systems, communication networks, roads and rail networks, transit and transportation facilities and ports, and oil and gas pipelines and associated facilities. The adaptive capacity of these assets are reviewed, and options for enhancing adaptive capacity through public sector investments in physical, planning, and human resources are presented.

Authors or Affiliated Users: James E. Neumann, Jason C. Price

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Agriculture and the Food System: Adaptation to Climate Change

June 2009

This report addresses the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture in the U.S., and the potential for the agricultural sector to adapt to these impacts. After presenting key features of the U.S. agriculture sector, biophysical and economic vulnerabilities of agriculture and the food system are identified. A discussion of public policy in agriculture and adaptation is followed by suggestions for additional research.

Author or Affiliated User: John M. Antle

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. - Agriculture

June 2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's comprehensive 2009 report, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. "  The 'Agriculture' chapter synthesizes current and projected impacts from climate change to agriculture in the U. S.  The chapter opens with a brief discussion of agriculture's impact on climate change.  The $200 billion U. S. agriculture sector accounts for 13. 5 percent of all human-induced U. S. greenhouse gas emissions (8.

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. - Energy Supply and Use

June 2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's comprehensive 2009 National Climate Assessment, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. "  The 'Energy Supply and Use' chapter synthesizes current and projected impacts from climate change to the energy sector in the U. S.  The chapter points out that in addition to its role as a primary cause of global warming, the energy sector will be significantly affected by the impacts of rising temperatures.

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. - Society

June 2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's 2009 National Climate Assessment, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. "  The 'Society' chapter synthesizes current and projected impacts from climate change to society in the U. S. The chapter emphasizes several key messages: population shifts and development choices are making more Americans vulnerable to the expected impacts of climate change; vulnerability is greater for those who have few resources and few choices; city residents and city infrastructure have unique vulnerabilities to climate change; climate change affects communities through changes in climate-sensitive resources that occur both locally and at great distances; and that the insurance industry is particularly vulnerable to increasing extreme weather events such as severe storms, but it can also help society manage the risks.

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Using the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index: A Nevada Case Study

August 2009

The State of Nevada is amending its State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) to incorporate the potential effects of climate change in more detail. The Nevada Department of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, Nevada Natural Heritage Program (a NatureServe network member program), Lahontan Audubon Society, and Great Basin Bird Observatory have formed a partnership to complete the amendment. Nevada's SWAP was approved in 2006, and although it identified climate change as a stressor to key habitats and species of conservation concern in a few specific areas, it did not address the degree of vulnerability each species may face due to a warming climate.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Bruce E. Young, Elizabeth Byers, Kelly Gravuer, Kimberly R. Hall, Geoffrey A. Hammerson, Alan Redder, Kristin Szabo, Jennifer E. Newmark

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