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America's Climate Choices: Limiting the Magnitude of Climate Change

2010

Limiting the Magnitude of Climate Change focuses on climate change mitigation goals, opportunities, and policies, and recommends the U.S. climate policy goal be stated in terms of a budget for cumulative greenhouse gas emissions over the period 2012 to 2050. The report suggests the revenues created by tax receipts or allowance sales from carbon pricing could be used to fund climate adaptation efforts.

Related Organizations: The National Academies, America's Climate Choices

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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America's Climate Choices: Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change

2010

This volume in the America's Climate Choices series describes activities, strategies, and tools for informing decision makers about climate change and helping them plan and execute effective responses.  The report describes the different types of climate change-related decisions and actions being taken at various levels and in different sectors and regions; and it develops a framework, tools, and practical advice for ensuring that the best available technical knowledge about climate change is used to inform these decisions and actions.

Related Organizations: The National Academies

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The New Climate Economy Report: Better Growth, Better Climate

September 16, 2014

This study from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that governments and businesses can reduce their carbon emissions and improve economic growth. ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’ describes how rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure are making it possible to mitigate climate change while improving economic performance.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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What the Real Estate Industry Needs to Know about the Insurance Industry and Climate Change

2014

This report from the Urban Land Institute analyzes the relationship of real estate, the insurance industry, and climate hazards, and explores how it might transform because of the effects of climate change.

Related Organizations: Urban Land Institute

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Risks & Resilience: Considering the Integration of Climate Readiness into Financial Analyses of Drinking Water & Wastewater Utilities

September 2014

“Risks & Resilience: Considering the Integration of Climate Readiness into Financial Analyses of Drinking Water & Wastewater Utilities”, published by the Environmental Protection Agency, examines the risks posed by climate change facing drinking water and wastewater utilities.  This paper relates risks to both water utilities and investors who purchase utilities debt obligations.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Climate Change in Park City, Utah: An Assessment of Climate, Snowpack, and Economic Impacts

September 29, 2009

This study examines how the snowpack at the Park City ski area, in the Wasatch Mountains of north central Utah, may be impacted by climate change, and how the regional economy could subsequently be impacted because of changes in winter tourism. The research and analysis was provided by Stratus Consulting for the Park City Foundation - a community foundation that promotes philanthropy, and partners with the nonprofit community to strengthen the greater Park City region.

Related Organizations: The Park City Foundation, Stratus Consulting

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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One City, Rebuilding Together: A Report on the City of New York's Response to Hurricane Sandy and the Path Forward

April 2014

This report reviews New York City’s housing recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy through the “Build It Back” program. The report highlights actions already taken by the City to address existing concerns with the program and makes extensive recommendations for other changes, representing a major overhaul of currently active recovery programs. The city’s broader efforts around resiliency management and planning are described, as well as an updated strategy to improve New York’s recovery programs is provided.

Related Organizations: City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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A Resilient Power Capital Scan: How Foundations Could Use Grants and Investments to Advance Solar and Storage in Low-Income Communities

February 1, 2017

This report identifies market barriers to deploying solar and energy storage technologies in low-income markets, and proposes more than 50 grant and investment opportunities that socially-minded investors can use to target those barriers. Solar and energy storage can further climate adaptation by helping communities avoid power outages.  The report includes a detailed analysis of the energy market and a matrix of interventions organized according to market participant, barriers, and difficulty.

Related Organizations: Clean Energy Group

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lew Milford, Robert Sanders

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The Paris Agreement: What it means for business

2016

This report summarizes the key details of the 2016 UNFCCC Paris Agreement that affect the private sector, and outlines opportunities for businesses and investors to be a part of the global solution to address climate change. The report notes that the Paris Agreement will have both immediate and long term impacts for businesses. As States transition to a low carbon economy, businesses will be impacted by structural changes to energy, land use and urban systems. While pursuant to the Paris Agreement, States are taking action to build resilience and lower emissions in order to keep warming below 2°C, the report asserts that risks will remain and businesses will need to enhance their own climate resilience.

Related Organizations: We Mean Business Coalition

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The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation: Strengthening Private Sector and Community Resilience

2015

This report details both the benefits of and barriers to responsible corporate adaptation. The report includes 17 case studies that provide examples of innovative solutions used by companies to overcome the most pressing challenges to responsible corporate adaptation such as information gaps, uncertain risk, planning challenges, and policy, regulatory and socio-cultural barriers (see an overview of the case studies on pages 25 – 27). The report includes recommendations for businesses and policymakers to enhance “responsible corporate adaptation, strengthen collaboration and incentivize the development of adaptation solutions.

Related Organizations: United Nations Global Compact, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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