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Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Options: A Review of the Scientific Literature

January 6, 2010

The purpose of this report is to summarize information in published scientific literature that identifies physical changes in the climate, vulnerabilities of tribal resources to climate change, and identify adaptation options that tribes in EPA Region 10 could implement to minimize the possible adverse impacts to their well being.

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

Author or Affiliated User: Keith A. Rose

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Charlotte Harbor Regional Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

December 28, 2009

This vulnerability assessment was developed by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program and the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council. The report identifies the most significant vulnerabilities facing the Charlotte Harbor region related to drought, flood, hurricane severity, land area, habitats, biological cycles, and uncertainty in environmental models.

Related Organizations: Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP), Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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City of Phoenix, Arizona Tree and Shade Master Plan

2010

The City of Phoenix Tree and Shade Master Plan addresses urban forestry and the value of trees in Phoenix, Arizona. The urban forest, as described in the plan, is essential to creating a sustainable city because it solves many problems with one single solution.   By investing in trees and the urban forest, the city can reduce its carbon footprint, decrease energy costs, reduce stormwater runoff, increase biodiversity, address the urban heat island effect, clean the air, and increase property values.

Related Organizations: City of Phoenix, Arizona

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Adapting Governance to Climate Change: Managing Uncertainty Through a Learning Infrastructure

2009

This report addresses the challenges and limitations of natural resource governance to cope with the effects of climate change, and highlights uncertainty as limiting the capacity for advancing adaptation measures.   It recommends that legislators adopt an “adaptive governance” - the systematic assessment and adaptation of management decisions and regulatory programs. The article also proposes a comprehensive strategy for managing uncertainty by promoting a "learning infrastructure. " With this strategy, legislators establish and promote use of a shared information infrastructure that provides regulators opportunities to learn from the knowledge and experience of other regulators and respond to rapid changes in natural systems, scientific knowledge, and technology.

Author or Affiliated User: Alejandro E. Camacho

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change and The Economy: Expected Impacts and Their Implications

October 27, 2009

A series of climate change impact studies was undertaken by researchers at universities around the U.S. to evaluate economic costs related to particular climate-sensitive resources. This publication assembles six of these studies, with a focus on water resources in New Mexico; forests in Tennessee, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming; infrastructure in Alaska; and coastlines in Florida, North Carolina and Texas.

Related Organizations: Bipartisan Policy Center, National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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"Resolve, To Evaluate Climate Change Adaptation Options for the State": Maine SP0163 / LD 460

April 23, 2009

In this resolution, passed April 23, 2009, the Maine legislature directed its Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to create a stakeholder group with the purpose of evaluating the measures available to non-governmental organizations, state agencies, and the business community to prepare for and adapt to the most likely impacts of climate change. The DEP is directed to plan for the issues raised in the 2009 climate impact assessment, including considering ways to create a hospitable landscape for the development of greenhouse gas offset projects and emission technologies.

Related Organizations: State of Maine

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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New Hampshire Climate Action Plan: A Plan for New Hampshire's Energy, Environmental and Economic Development Future

March 2009

The New Hampshire Climate Change Policy Task Force released its Climate Action Plan in March 2009, addressing both mitigation and adaptation. In this report, 67 recommended actions are organized within 10 strategies, of which one strategy is to "Plan for how to address existing and potential climate change impacts."

Related Organizations: New Hampshire Climate Change Policy Task Force, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Facing Our Future - Adapting to Connecticut's Changing Climate

March 2009

In March 2009, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection published a series of eight sector-based reports; each defining current climate impacts, actions the Department is taking, and recommended actions to foster adaptation at local and regional levels. The eight reports address the sectors of: Biodiversity, Fisheries, Forestry, Infrastructure, Coastal, Recreation, Water Resources and Wildlife.

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

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change Adaptation Across the Landscape: A survey of federal and state agencies, conservation organizations, and academic institutions in the United States

February 10, 2009

To better define "climate change adaptation" and to assess the current status of adaptation planning and implementation with the U. S. conservation community, 68 interviews across 44 organizations were conducted. These interviews included federal and state agency staff, conservationists within non-governmental organizations, and academic scientists thinking about or working on climate change adaptation. Using a survey guide and standard methodology, these experts were asked to define climate change adaptation, discuss ongoing adaptation planning efforts, provide examples of adaptation techniques and practices, and list costs associated with these techniques.

Related Organizations: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Katie Theoharides, Gerald Barnhart, Patty Glick

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Focus on Impacts of Climate Change in Washington State

February 2009

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington and the Climate Leadership Initiative (CLI) (formerly at the University of Oregon) developed this focus sheet which summarizes two separate studies released in February 2009, detailing the projected impacts of climate change on Washington's environment and economy. Both reports demonstrate that without additional action to reduce carbon emissions, the severity and duration of the impacts due to climate change will be profound and will negatively affect nearly every part of Washington's economy.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Ecology, University of Washington, Climate Leadership Initiative, Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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