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EPA Fact Sheet: Climate Change and Ecosystems

April 2010

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this document briefly summarizes the impacts of climate change on ecosystems.

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EPA Fact Sheet: Climate Change and Health Effects

April 2010

This document, produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), discusses the impact of climate change on human health.

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EPA Fact Sheet: Climate Change and Society

April 2010

This document, produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), discusses climate change impacts on society.

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Regulatory Aspects of Direct Potable Reuse in California

April 2010

This paper, prepared for the National Water Research Institute, discusses the growing water demand in California and the need to implement new strategies to satisfy it, with a focus on direct potable use of water. The purpose of this paper is to identify issues that would need to be addressed by regulatory agencies and utilities in California interested in pursuing direct potable reuse as a viable option in the future.

Author or Affiliated User: James Crook

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The Impacts of Climate Change on Connecticut Agriculture, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Public Health

April 2010

In accordance with Section 7 of Public Act 08-09, the Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change formed an Adaptation Subcommittee to assess the impacts of climate change in Connecticut on the following areas: (1) infrastructure, including buildings, roads, railroads, airports, dams, reservoirs, and sewage treatment and water filtration facilities; (2) natural resources and ecological habitats, including coastal and inland wetlands, forests and rivers; (3) public health; and (4) agriculture.

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State of the Birds: 2010 Report on Climate Change

March 11, 2010

The 2010 State of the Birds report was organized by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, U.S. Committee and released on March 11, 2010 by the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. This is the first themed State of the Birds report which explores the vulnerability of birds and their habitats to climate changes across the major biomes of the United States.

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Building a Resilient Energy Gulf Coast: Executive Report

2010

Building a Resilient Energy Gulf Coast represents the first comprehensive analysis of climate risks and adaptation economics along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Entergy Corp., America’s third-largest utility company, commissioned this study looking at the potential damage to residential and commercial properties, infrastructure and assets across key energy sectors.  According to the report, over the next 20 years, the Gulf Coast could face cumulative economic damages of some $350 billion.

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Costs of Defending Against Rising Sea Levels and Flooding in Mid-Atlantic Metropolitan Coastal Areas

2010

This assessment identifies the potential costs of continually rising ocean levels and associated flooding, specifically on the mid-Atlantic Coast.  Metropolitan areas are susceptible to detriment on many levels, such as severe property damage and loss of natural resources, from sea level rise and related inundation and extreme weather events. This paper addresses what it would cost to minimize or eliminate such damage.

Author or Affiliated User: James V. Koch

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. - Human Health

2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's comprehensive 2009 National Climate Assessment, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. " The 'Human Health' chapter focuses on the unique challenges climate change creates for the public health sector. The key findings presented include: increased incidents of heat related illness and death, decreased air quality, mental health problems associated with the increase in extreme weather events, increases in diseases transmitted by food, water and insects, an increase in pollen production that will lead to health concerns for those with pollen related allergies, and increased environmental justice challenges.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Thomas R. Karl, Jerry M. Melillo, Thomas C. Peterson

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Preliminary Assessment of Rhode Island's Vulnerability to Climate Change and its Options for Adaptation Action - Summary

February 2010

This high-level assessment addresses climate change impacts and vulnerabilities in Rhode Island, and provides recommendations intended to support state and local planning efforts. The projected climate impacts on the state that are detailed in the report include warmer temperatures, extreme weather, worsening air quality, threats to municipal utilities, and biodiversity, coastal, economic and public health impacts.

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