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Climate and Health in Oregon: 2020 Report

2020

The 2020 report “Climate Change and Health in Oregon,” issued by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), describes the many health risks caused or exacerbated by climate change impacts that can harm the health of  Oregon’s population, with special attention given to frontline populations. The report discusses risks to physical and mental health and covers cross-cutting risks such as economic impacts and displacement, as well as climate hazards such as heat, floods, fire, and disease. It also summarizes state policy actions on climate and health risks.

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Rhode Island 2021 Act on Climate

April 10, 2021

On April 10, 2021, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed the Rhode Island 2021 Act on Climate into law, amending the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014 by making mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets more enforceable, adding a goal of net-zero by 2050, and requiring actions to promote equity and environmental justice. The new law requires the state Climate Council — established by the 2014 bill — to develop and periodically update a plan to reach these goals. New language also requires the state Council’s plan to include an equitable transition, and address environmental injustices.

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Maine Won’t Wait

December 1, 2020

In December 2020, the Maine Climate Council under Governor Janet Mill released Maine Won’t Wait, the four-year climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to build community and environmental resilience, and to spur transformational economic growth and opportunity. The Council agreed upon four climate action plan goals to reflect the diverse challenges posed by climate change: reduce Maine’s greenhouse gas emissions; avoid the impacts and costs of inaction; foster economic opportunity and prosperity; and advance equity through Maine’s Climate Response.

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Tribal Climate Adaptation Guidebook

November 2018

Created by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute with support from Adaptation International, this guidebook provides a climate change adaptation planning framework for tribal communities. The report offers a stepwise framework on adaptation planning, and over 30 case studies of tribes already in the adaptation process. It identifies opportunities for working with both Traditional Knowledges (TKs) and western science, and is designed to be useful for tribes at any stage of adaptation planning.

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New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (SB S6599)

July 18, 2019

Passed in July of 2019, New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) (Senate Bill S6599) commits the State of New York to implementing several integrated climate adaptation planning and climate justice goals. In addition to aggressive climate mitigation goals — including zero GHG emissions by 2050 and 100% renewable electricity usage by 2040 — the Act aims to address adaptation and resilience across state programming, land use planning, and local government support.

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New York State Climate Leadership Coordinator Services

May 2021

Beginning in 2021, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is administering the New York State Climate Leadership Coordinator Services. The Climate Leadership Coordinators program is a $3. 5-million initiative to select relevant organizations as contractors to provide technical assistance to local municipalities on climate change adaptation and mitigation projects. Selected contractors will work in one of three territories in New York 一 Western, Eastern, and Downstate territories 一 and will help local governments and communities with “outreach, education, planning, capacity-building, and assistance with project implementation.

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Climate Adaptation Plan for the Territories of the Yakama Nation

May 2016

The Yakama Nation recognizes that climate change is a threat to future generations, tribal culture and way of life. This adaptation plan identifies important natural and cultural resources’ vulnerability to climate change, current tribal work that will help reduce local climate impacts, and specific recommendations for priority risk assessments and adaptation strategies for the Yakama tribes and reservation lands in the Yakama River basin of Washington state. Along with the assessment, the Yakama Nation Tribal Council directed programs to prepare and present recommendations for addressing climate vulnerabilities and risks and rebuild resilience.

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Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program (U.S. DOI)

June 16, 2015

The U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is directing the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program. The FY 2015 President's Budget request included funding to establish a new "Resilient Landscapes" activity to improve the integrity and resilience of forests and rangelands by restoring natural vegetation landscapes to specific conditions and maintain fire resiliency. Subsequently, as a pilot initiative, Congress provided $10 million in the FY2015 Fuels Management program to fund resilient landscape activities.

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Launched in 2010, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is the result of multi-sector, community-based collaboration among federal agencies to protect and restore the Great Lakes system. Members of the GLRI Task Force include the Council on Environmental Quality, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of State, among others.

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Proactive Flood and Drought Management: A Selection of Applied Strategies and Lessons Learned From Around the United States

August 2013

From the American Water Resources Association (AWRA), this report presents a collection of case studies on adaptive flood and drought management. The case studies selected exemplify creative management of multiple water resource goals, and the agencies responsible “have acted in a proactive manner to address the enormous societal problems droughts or floods inflict in their jurisdictions. ”  While drawn from the past, these case studies are useful today as they uniquely demonstrate collaborative solutions across multiple agencies and public policy objectives.

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