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Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation (2014)

August 2014

The Climate Change in Colorado report is a synthesis of climate science relevant for management and planning for Colorado’s water resources. It focuses on observed climate trends, climate modeling, and projections of temperature, precipitation, snowpack, and streamflow. The 2014 report is a thorough revision and expansion of the 2008 report of the same name, also produced by the Western Water Assessment in partnership with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB).

Related Organizations: Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA

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Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014 (Washington D.C.)

July 29, 2014

Two major packages of legislation directly supporting Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s 'Sustainable DC' initiative have been adopted. The ‘Sustainable DC Act of 2012’ was signed into law January 2013, and the ‘Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014’ on July 29, 2014.

Related Organizations: District Department of Energy and the Environment (DDOE) - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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City of Los Angeles Ordinance No.183149: Cool Roof for Reduction of Heat Island Effect

July 2, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council amended the city's Green Building Code to require that all new residential roofs be "cool roofs." The amendments require cool roofs on new and refurbished homes in Los Angeles and sets minimum requirements for cool materials. Starting on October 1, 2014, residential roofing materials were required to meet certain values for their solar reflectance index (a combined measure of solar reflectance and thermal emittance).

Related Organizations: Los Angeles City Council, City of Los Angeles, California

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Miami-Dade (Florida) Sea Level Rise Task Force Report and Recommendations

July 1, 2014

The Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force was created by the Miami-Dade County Commission in July 2013 to assess the potential impacts of sea level rise for future development planning, and was charged with providing a comprehensive assessment of the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge on the region over time.

Related Organizations: Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force (CCATF), Miami-Dade County, Florida

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San Diego, 2050 is Calling. How Will We Answer?

July 2014

The San Diego Foundation’s Regional Focus 2050 Study explores what the San Diego region will be like in the year 2050 if current climate change trends continue. The report describes the projected impacts of climate change affecting the San Diego region related to extreme weather events, water supply, wildfires, natural resources and public health, as well as a wide range of adaptive strategies for local leaders to consider. This report is part of an effort by the Climate Education Partners (CEP) to develop and implement a climate change education plan for the San Diego region of California.

Related Organizations: Climate Education Partners (CEP), The San Diego Foundation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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Connecticut Public Act 14-163: An Act Concerning the Responsibilities of the Water Planning Council

July 1, 2014

Connecticut Public Act 14-163 directs the Connecticut Water Planning Council to engage in a three year process for writing a comprehensive statewide water plan for the management of water resources in the state. This plan will identify quantities and qualities of water available, present and projected demands for water resources, appropriate regions in the state for comprehensive water planning, and will establish guidelines and incentives for consumer water conservation, taking into account energy efficiency.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Water Planning Council

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City and County of Denver, Colorado Climate Adaptation Plan

June 24, 2014

The City and County of Denver’s Climate Adaptation Plan was released in 2014 to accompany the 2007 Climate Action Plan. Working in concert, the objectives of the adaptation plan are to prepare, mitigate, and plan for risks associated with climate impacts to Denver, specifically: an increase in temperature and urban heat island effect; an increase in frequency of extreme weather events; reduced snowpack and earlier snowmelt.   

Related Organizations: City of Denver, Colorado, Denver County, Denver Department of Environmental Health

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Resilient Rhode Island Act (2014-H 7904)

June 19, 2014

On June 19, 2014 both houses of the Rhode Island legislature passed the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014. The Act follows Governor Chafee’e Executive Order creating the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Council (February 21, 2014), and provides a framework for state government to adaptively plan for and manage climate change impacts.

Related Organizations: Brown University Center for Environmental Studies

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Taking Action on Climate Change: Connecticut DEEP 2014 Progress Report

June 6, 2014

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) released this progress report reviewing the work the state is doing to mitigate and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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City of Berkeley CA's 2014 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

June 1, 2014

The 2014 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan updates Berkeley California's 2004 Disaster Mitigation Act, providing information on initiatives already underway to increase disaster resilience as well as outlining new risk assessments and policies. This update incorporates climate change into the plan, framing it as both a standalone hazard of concern, as well as an exacerbating factor in other hazards.

Related Organizations: City of Berkeley, California

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