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Good Morning, America! The Explosive U.S. Awakening to the Need for Adaptation

May 2009

This paper provides an historical overview of the public, political, and scientific concern with adaptation in the United States. It presents the treatment of adaptation to climate change in a variety of contexts, ranging from the news media to the drafting of bills in Congress, to state and local government activities with considerable engagement of NGOs, scientists and consultants. It finds that adaptation has finally, and explosively, emerged on the political agenda as a legitimate and needed subject for debate.

Author or Affiliated User: Susanne C. Moser

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Greenworks Philadelphia Plan - Transportation Recommendations

2009

Greenworks Philadelphia is a comprehensive six-year plan (“Plan”) that sets goals for “greening” the City of Philadelphia – increasing the city’s energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving the environmental quality of the city, and adapting to the dangers posed by climate change. This case study focuses only on the transportation-related recommendations included in the Plan – increasing the percentage of city assets in a “state of good repair” and using green infrastructure strategies to improve stormwater management and reduce flood impacts to transportation infrastructure.

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Shoreline Impacts, Setback Policy and Sea Level Rise - Hawaii

April 2009

Published by the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP) at the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant program, this project analyzed legislation proposed to change Hawaii's coastal setback laws. ICAP prepared this whitepaper at the request of then Senator Shan Tsutsui, whose office sought a technical evaluation of Senate Bill 468 (relating to shoreline setbacks). ICAP finds that SB 468 as originally introduced would have a beneficial net impact on coastal resiliency for the State of Hawai‘i.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Dennis Hwang, Maxine Burkett

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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"Resolve, To Evaluate Climate Change Adaptation Options for the State": Maine SP0163 / LD 460

April 23, 2009

In this resolution, passed April 23, 2009, the Maine legislature directed its Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to create a stakeholder group with the purpose of evaluating the measures available to non-governmental organizations, state agencies, and the business community to prepare for and adapt to the most likely impacts of climate change. The DEP is directed to plan for the issues raised in the 2009 climate impact assessment, including considering ways to create a hospitable landscape for the development of greenhouse gas offset projects and emission technologies.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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An Adaptation Portfolio for the United States Coastal and Marine Environment

June 2009

This report presents a suite of federal, state and local policy actions to enhance the resilience of human and natural systems to the effects of climate change and variability for marine and coastal environments. Strategies discussed include: investments in habitat restoration, permitting decisions under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the purchase of coastal lands, controls for reducing non-point and point source pollution upstream of intertidal estuaries, the inspection and prevention of invasive species, marine protected areas (MPAs), incentive‐based fishery management policies, and in general a better definition of rights to marine and coastal resources that creates stewardship incentives.

Authors or Affiliated Users: David Kling, James N. Sanchirico

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Ask the Climate Question: Adapting to Climate Change Impacts in Urban Regions

June 2009

This report highlights the innovative measures local governments are implementing to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Developed by the Center for Clean Air Policy's (CCAP) Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative, the report offers best practices for how cities and counties throughout the country should be thinking about the actions and strategies that can reduce their communities' vulnerability to the dangers of a changing climate. Additionally, guidance recommendations for the planning process are synthesized, as are recommendations for the federal government to support local adaptation efforts.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ashley Lowe, Josh Foster, Steve Winkelman

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Terrestrial Ecosystem Adaptation

June 2009

Terrestrial Ecosystem Adaptation provides an evaluation of adaptation issues for natural ecosystems with a focus on the climate impacts of vegetation response, phenology, wildfire and other system-wide disturbances. It also describes adaptation scenarios of several species affected by climate change, including the snowshoe hare, wolverine, waterfowl, bighorn sheep, and amphibians. The report is limited to natural ecosystems, or those that have not been planted, irrigated, or fertilized - agricultural and grazing lands are excluded.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steven W. Running, L. Scott Mills

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Land-Use Scenarios: National-Scale Housing-Density Scenarios Consistent with Climate Change Storylines

June 2009

Climate and land-use change are major components of global environmental change with feedbacks between these components. The consequences of these interactions show that land-use may exacerbate or alleviate climate-change effects. Based on these findings it is important to use land-use scenarios that are consistent with the specific assumptions underlying climate change scenarios.

Author or Affiliated User: Mohd Khawlie

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The Socio-Economic Impact of Sea Level Rise in the Galveston Bay Region

June 2009

This report seeks to illustrate the impact that climate change can have on communities in the Galveston Bay region. It focuses on two scenarios of sea-level rise,. 69 meters and 1. 5 meters, and the associated socio-economic impact on the Galveston Bay area for the next 100 years. For each of the model scenarios estimates are given for the impact on displaced populations; the number of buildings impacted and building-related economic losses; industrial, hazardous, superfund, solid waste sites; and water treatment plants.

Authors or Affiliated Users: David W. Yoskowitz, James Gibeaut, Ali McKenzie

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City of Berkeley, California Climate Action Plan 2009

June 2009

The City of Berkeley California's Climate Action Plan presents recommendations for the city to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Chapter 6 is devoted to adaptation in response to California Executive Order S-13-08, and includes policy recommendations for declining water supply, extreme heat, and rising sea levels. It also recommends a regional vulnerability assessment be conducted with neighboring cities, and from these results, a regional adaptation plan be created. .

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