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Connecticut Public Act No. 08-98, Substitute House Bill No 5600

June 2, 2008

Public Act No. 08-98, An Act Concerning Global Warming Solutions, took effect on October 1, 2008 and set greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals for the State of Connecticut. Section 7 of this Act calls for the Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change to create a sub-committee to (1) assess the impacts of climate change on state and local infrastructure, public health, and natural resources and habitats; (2) develop recommendations and plans that would enable state and local government to adapt to such impacts; and (3) provide technical assistance to implement recommendations and plans.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Preparing Oregon's Fish, Wildlife, and Habitats for Future Climate Change: A Guide for State Adaptation Efforts

2008

Prepared by the Oregon Global Warming Commission's Fish and Wildlife Adaptation Subcommittee, this report outlines actions needed to better prepare natural systems in the state for climate change, with a specific focus on the management of fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. It reviews the state of knowledge about climate change relating to fish and wildlife populations, and it provides policy recommendations and research priorities for building a state fish and wildlife adaptation strategy.

Related Organizations: Oregon Global Warming Commission, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Alaska's IAWG 2008 Final Report: Recommendations Report to the Governor's Sub-Cabinet on Climate Change

2008

Alaska's Immediate Action Workgroup (IAWG) was formed in 2007 to make and prioritize annual recommendations to address climate change threats to the State's communities. The IAWG examined the needs and priorities of a sub-set of communities under imminent threat from climate change impacts, including Kivalina, Koyukuk, Newtok, Shaktoolik, Shismaref, and Unalakleet. This is the first annual report, and it is applicable to recommended actions for 2008-2009. .

Related Organizations: Immediate Action Workgroup (IAWG)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability - Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

2007

This report summarizes current scientific understanding of the impacts of climate change on natural, managed, and human systems around the world, the capacity of these systems to adapt, and their vulnerability. It builds upon past IPCC assessments and incorporates new knowledge gained since the Third Assessment. Consistent with all IPCC reports, the WGII contribution to the Fourth Assessment Report is a comprehensive assessment of the peer-reviewed published literature and selected gray literature on climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability.

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

Authors or Affiliated Users: Martin L. Parry, Osvaldo F. Canziani, Jean P. Palutikof, Paul J. van der Linden, Clair E. Hanson

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Executive Order 59 (2007- VA) the Governor's Commission on Climate Change

December 21, 2007

This executive order established the Governor's Commission on Climate Change to prepare a Climate Change Action Plan for the state of Virginia. Duties of the Commission included evaluating the expected impacts of climate change on Virginia’s natural resources, public health, and the economic impacts on the industries of agriculture, forestry, tourism, and insurance.   The Commission also was tasked with identifying climate adaptation strategies to be included in the Action Plan. The order remained in effect until January 1, 2009, and the Commission did submit its final report to the Governor.

Related Organizations: Virginia Office of the Governor

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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State of Connecticut Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan 2007-2010

December 2007

Connecticut's Standard Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) has been updated in response to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) and FEMA’s November 2006 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Florida and Climate Change: The Costs of Inaction

November 2007

This report was the first detailed analysis of the potential consequences of continued climate change for the state of Florida's economy. The report concludes that, if left unchecked, climate change will significantly harm Florida’s economy in the next several decades, and that impacts on just three sectors - tourism, electric utilities, and real estate - together with effects of hurricanes, would shrink Florida’s Gross State Product by 5% by the end of the century.

Related Organizations: Tufts University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Elizabeth Stanton, Frank Ackerman

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Marin Countywide Plan (California)

November 6, 2007

The Marin Countywide Plan is a comprehensive, long-range sustainability plan that addresses climate change through assessing greenhouse-gas emissions, setting targets to reduce emissions, and recommending programs to plan for and adapt to projected sea level rise.

Related Organizations: Marin County, California, Marin County Community Development Agency

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Impacts of Global Warming on North Carolina's Coastal Economy

June 21, 2007

A scientific study was undertaken by researchers at four North Carolina universities to consider three aspects of the state's coastal economy and their vulnerability to a changing climate including: the impacts of sea-level rise on the coastal real estate market, the impacts of sea-level rise on coastal recreation and tourism, and the impacts of stronger tropical storms and hurricanes on business activity. The study used a range of moderate  assumptions, not best- or worst-case scenarios. This brief summary brochure is designed to present the main findings of the study for the benefit of the public and policy makers.

Related Organizations: National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP), University of North Carolina Wilmington, Duke University, Appalachian State University, East Carolina University Department of Geologic Sciences

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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King County, Washington Climate Plan 2007

February 2007

This 2007 report provides an overview of King County’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to anticipate and adapt to projected climate change impacts. Major accomplishments in 2007 include the development of a vulnerable facilities inventory for divisions responsible for long-term asset management, the adoption of the King County Flood Control Zone District, and discussions of how to prepare for intense storm events and identify flood system co-benefits for public health and environmental quality.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

Resource Category: Planning

 

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