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CDC: Assessing Vulnerability to Climate Change - A Guide for Health Departments

July 16, 2014

This guidance document from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Climate and Health Program Technical Report Series is designed to support health departments in assessing local vulnerabilities to health hazards associated with climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Arie Ponce Manangan, Christopher K. Uejio, Shubhayu Saha, Paul J. Schramm, Gino D. Marinucci, Jeremy J. Hess, George Luber

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The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes

July 11, 2014

‘The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012’ describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate, and water-related disasters and highlights measures to increase resilience. The report considers the importance of historical, geo-referenced information about deaths and damages to estimate risks before the next disaster occurs. This information is intended to support practical decisions on reducing potential impacts by, for example, improved early warning systems, retrofitting critical infrastructure, or enforcing new building codes.

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'Sea-Level Rise: A Slow-Moving Emergency' CA State Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy report

August 2014

The California State Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy was established in 2013 to thoroughly review the challenges ahead in addressing the impacts of sea level rise on California. The Select Committee held four hearings featuring testimony from scientists and industry leaders about potential impacts from sea level rise to the state’s economy and infrastructure. Topics included projected impacts on coastal agriculture, the fishing and aquaculture industry, tourism, ports, roads and bridges, and water and power infrastructure.

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The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

July 29, 2014

From the Executive Office of the President Council of Economic Advisers, this report examines the economic consequences of delaying the implementation of climate change mitigation policies, and in turn, demonstrates the comparative net benefits of implementing such policies without delay. 

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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).

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State of the Climate: New Jersey

2013

From the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance and Rutgers Climate Institute, “State of the Climate: New Jersey” provides an overview of recent climate events and trends, their impacts, and their implications for the future of New Jersey. The report highlights climate impacts as related to temperature, precipitation and sea level rise for the state.

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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.

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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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GAO report: Climate Change Adaptation - DOD Can Improve Infrastructure Planning and Processes to Better Account for Potential Impacts

June 30, 2014

According to this report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on behalf of the Department of Defense (DOD), American military installations across the world are to be severely impacted by climate change. The GAO was asked to assess DOD's actions to adapt its U.S. infrastructure to the current and projected challenges of climate change.

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Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change to the United States, Final report

June 24, 2014

‘Risky Business’ estimates the impact of projected changes in temperature, precipitation, sea levels, and storm activity on the U. S. economy.   The report presents a new approach to understanding climate risks for key U. S. business sectors, and provides business leaders with a framework for measuring and mitigating their own exposure to climate risk. The Risky Business research focused on damage to coastal property and infrastructure from rising sea levels and increased storm surge, climate-driven changes in agricultural production and energy demand, and the impact of higher temperatures on labor productivity and public health.

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