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Climate Change: Evidence and Causes

February 27, 2014

The US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of the UK jointly produced “Climate Change: Evidence & Causes,” building upon the climate-related work from both national academies, as well as on the newest climate change assessment from the U. N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report reviews what is well understood about climate change, and where research is needed. It also presents current areas of active debate and ongoing research, such as the link between ocean heat content and the rate of warming.

Related Organizations: The Royal Society , National Academy of Sciences

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Rhode Island E.O. 14-01: Creates an Executive Climate Change Council

February 21, 2014

In February, 2014, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed Executive Order 14-01, creating the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Council (EC3). The Council was charged with taking a lead role in developing a comprehensive approach, including both emissions reductions and adaptation planning, to address the potential threats from climate change to the state’s environment, economy, and people. The Governor established the EC3 to advise him, the General Assembly and the public on how the State and its communities can best prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

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Extreme Weather Events: Limiting Federal Fiscal Exposure and Increasing the Nation's Resilience (GAO-14-364T)

February 12, 2014

This report represents the testimony provided by Mark Gaffigan, the Managing Director of Natural Resources and Environment for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the U.S. Senate. This testimony is based on reports the GAO issued from March 2007 to November 2013.

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

Author or Affiliated User: Mark Gaffigan

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Understanding New Jersey’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

February 5, 2014

This content was prepared by the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers Climate Institute to assist decision makers, scientists, and reporters in communicating about climate change in New Jersey.  

Related Organizations: Rutgers University, Georgetown Climate Center

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USGCRP Federal Adaptation Resources website

February 2014

In February 2014, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) launched a new website featuring an easy-to-access collection of resources to help Federal agencies with planning and implementation for climate change adaptation. Resources include relevant executive orders and strategic plans, technical reports on adaptation research, guidance and frameworks for adapting to climate change, and summary documents for decision-makers who need only an overview.

Related Organizations: U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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New Jersey Resiliency Network

February 2014

In February 2014, Sustainable Jersey launched the New Jersey Resiliency Network, a program that helps communities access technical and financial resources to address long-term recovery and resiliency issues for post-Sandy municipalities in New Jersey. The Network was formed in response to heavily-impacted towns requesting hands-on guidance and support for recovery and resiliency.

Related Organizations: Rutgers University, Sustainable Jersey

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Coastal Flood Damage and Adaptation Costs Under 21st Century Sea Level Rise

February 2014

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, this paper presents estimates of future coastal flood damages and adaptation costs globally. The study, led by the Berlin-based think-tank Global Climate Forum (GCF) presents, for the first time, comprehensive global simulation results on future flood damages to buildings and infrastructure in coastal flood plains. Coastal flood damages are expected to increase significantly during the 21st century due to both rising sea levels and population and economic growth in the coastal zone.

Related Organizations: Global Climate Forum, National Academy of Sciences

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jochen Hinkel, Daniel Lincke, Athanasios T. Vafeidis, Mahé Perrette, Robert James Nicholls, Richard S. J. Tol, Ben Marzeion, Xavier Fettweis, Cezar Ionescu, Anders Levermann

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California Energy Commission Integrated Energy Policy Report

January 15, 2014

The California Energy Commission (CEC) 2013 Integrated Energy Policy Report was adopted January 15, 2014.  The report includes an assessment of climate change risks to energy supply in the state and finds that climate change is likely to compromise electricity supplies, particularly during temperature spikes when demand for air conditioning will be high. The main effects on energy supply include less electricity output from thermal power plants, reduced capacity of the transmission and distribution infrastructure to deliver electricity, damage to energy infrastructure, and changes in the availability and timing of renewable energy resources, such as hydroelectric power.

Related Organizations: California Energy Commission

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Massachusetts Climate Preparedness Initiative

January 14, 2014

Massachusetts's Climate Preparedness Initiative, from Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, is a $50 million investment for a statewide plan to address the present and future impacts of climate change. These investments will assess and address vulnerabilities in public health, transportation, energy and the Commonwealth’s built environment. 

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation , Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources , Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM), Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

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Planning and Drought

January 2014

“Planning and Drought” (PAS Report No. 574) presents best practices and case studies in drought planning.   The report offers a comprehensive guide for citizens, planners, and communities to explore what drought is, how to track it, its impacts, and how planners and communities can prepare to mitigate its effects. This publication is the result of a partnership between the American Planning Association (APA), the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).

Related Organizations: National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), University of Nebraska, American Planning Association (APA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: James Schwab, Jeff Brislawn, Marilyn Hall, Cody Knutson, Marsha Prillwitz, Kelly Redmond, Mark Svoboda

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