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Global Risks 2014: Understanding Systemic Risks in a Changing Global Environment

January 2014

Global Risks 2014, Ninth Edition features an analysis of a survey of over 700 leaders and decision-makers from the World Economic Forum’s global multi-stakeholder community on 31 selected global risks. The report highlights the interconnected risks with the potential to have systemic consequences in the geopolitical, socio-economic and digital spheres. The top five global risks identified in the survey were income disparity, extreme weather events, unemployment and underemployment, climate change and cyber-attacks.

Related Organizations: World Economic Forum

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Highways in the Coastal Environment: Assessing Extreme Events - FHWA Hydraulic Engineering Circular 25 (HEC-25), Vol. 2

October 2014

"Highways in the Coastal Environment: Assessing Extreme Events" (HEC-25 Vol. 2) was developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide technical guidance for assessing vulnerabilities of highway infrastructure in coastal areas to climate change and extreme weather events. In particular, the manual identifies methods for quantifying exposure of coastal transportation facilities to sea-level rise, storm surge, and wave action. The information provided in the manual can be used to inform risk and vulnerability assessments, planning, and design guidelines for infrastructure.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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2014 Heatwave Business Impacts, City of Melbourne, Australia

March 24, 2014

The City of Melbourne, Australia conducted this study to get an understanding of the perceived impacts of a 2014 heatwave on the Melbourne business community. Melbourne has experienced several extreme heatwaves in recent years and climate projections show an increase in heatwaves in the future. This is a unique study because most research has been related to impacts of urban heat on the personal health of individuals, rather than impacts to businesses. 

Related Organizations: City of Melbourne, Australia

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One Storm Shy of Despair: A Climate-Smart Plan for the Administration to Help Low-Income Communities

July 17, 2014

This Center for American Progress report assesses how low-income communities in the U.S. are disproportionately vulnerable to climate change effects. The report offers recommendations for policymakers to build community resilience to extreme weather events, environmental hazards, and economic security for low-income communities.

Related Organizations: Center for American Progress

Author or Affiliated User: Cathleen Kelly

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Ready and Resilient: A Guide to Extreme Weather for Saint Paul Residents

June 2014

This report on climate impacts of Saint Paul, Minnesota, describes the results of a climate impact assessment, and offers best practices and measures that residents can take to protect themselves. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Samantha Burlager, Akilah Sanders-Reed

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City of Portland and Multnomah County Climate Change Preparation Strategy - Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment

September 16, 2014

From the City of Portland and Multnomah County, Oregon, the Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment provides a detailed review of the potential climate change impacts to health and human systems, natural systems, infrastructure and the built environment in the region, as well as an overview other sectors such as energy, the economy, food systems and climate migrants. This report provides the climate impact data and foundation for the City and County's Climate Change Preparation Strategy, which outlines key objectives and actions to build resilience into the City and County’s operations, services and infrastructure.

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Oregon, Multnomah County, Oregon

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Understanding the Economic Development Opportunity & Impact of Climate Change

April 2014

This report by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation considers the economic development implications associated with climate change, including preparing for and recovering from extreme weather events. Challenges and opportunities are examined across the following industries: small business, ports and marine trades, tourism, defense/naval, manufacturing, aquaculture, agriculture, and energy. The report is broken up into sections on each of the industries covered. For each industry, the authors discuss climate change considerations relevant to that sector, similar work underway in other states, and next steps for Rhode Island state government, local governments and the business community.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Climate Change Commission, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (Commerce RI)

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A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Focal Resources of the Sierra Nevada

February 2014

In collaboration with the U. S. Forest Service and the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC), EcoAdapt brought together 30 experts to conduct climate change vulnerability assessments on 27 focal resources (including ecosystems, species populations, and ecosystem services) across the Sierra Nevada region of California and Nevada. The results from this assessment are intended to help resource managers and stakeholders develop and prioritize adaptation strategies to conserve these resources as climate change impacts the region.

Related Organizations: EcoAdapt, Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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Risky Business Project - Economic Risks of Climate Change to the U.S.

October 2013

Launched in October 2013, Risky Business is a year-long effort to quantify and publicize the economic risks the United States faces from the impacts of a changing climate. Risky Business is a joint initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Office of Hank Paulson, and Next Generation. Additional support for Risky Business was provided by the Skoll Global Threats Fund.

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Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (Working Group I Contribution to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report)

September 27, 2013

One of the main activities of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the preparation of comprehensive Assessment Reports about the state of scientific, technical and socio-economic knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response strategies. Since its inception in 1988 the IPCC has prepared four multi-volume assessment reports and is in the process of finalizing the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). AR5 is being released in four parts between September 2013 and November 2014.

Related Organizations: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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