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An Act to Promote Clean Energy Jobs and to Establish the Maine Climate Council

June 26, 2019

In June 2019, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law "An Act to Promote Clean Energy Jobs and to Establish the Maine Climate Council. " The act states that the impacts of climate change have created an "emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine" and find that the law is "immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety. " To address the state's climate emergency, the act includes multiple provisions related to climate adaptation and resilience.

Related Organizations: State of Maine

Author or Affiliated User: Nathan Robbins

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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An Adaptation Portfolio for the United States Coastal and Marine Environment

June 2009

This report presents a suite of federal, state and local policy actions to enhance the resilience of human and natural systems to the effects of climate change and variability for marine and coastal environments. Strategies discussed include: investments in habitat restoration, permitting decisions under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, the purchase of coastal lands, controls for reducing non-point and point source pollution upstream of intertidal estuaries, the inspection and prevention of invasive species, marine protected areas (MPAs), incentive‐based fishery management policies, and in general a better definition of rights to marine and coastal resources that creates stewardship incentives.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: David Kling, James N. Sanchirico

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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An Analysis of Climate Change Impacts and Options Relevant to Legal and Policy Issues at the Department of the Interior (DOI)

2008

In March 2007, former Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne established the Department of the Interior's Climate Change Task Force. Three subcommittees were formed to undertake this assignment. This Draft report was issued by the Law & Policy Subcommittee to identify the legal and policy issues facing the DOI and to suggest possible options for addressing them.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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An Analysis of Climate Change Impacts and Options Relevant to the Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Managed Lands and Waters

2008

In March 2007, then Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne established the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Change Task Force. Three subcommittees were formed to undertake the assignment. This Draft report was issued by the Land & Water Management Subcommittee to identify potential issues and challenges facing the DOI as a consequence of climate change and to suggest possible options for addressing them.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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An Assessment of Decision-Making Processes: The Feasibility of Incorporating Climate Change Information into Land Protection Planning (Final Report)

March 2010

Because land protection decisions are long-term, hard to reverse, and resource intensive, these decisions are important to consider in the context of climate change. Climate change may directly affect the services intended for protection and parcel selection can exacerbate or ameliorate certain impacts. Therefore, when considering long-term acquisition strategies, land protection programs should be considering both the mitigation potential of land through carbon sequestration and the adaptation potential of the land for preserving wildlife migration routes, protecting water sources, and buffering infrastructure and development from storm events.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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An Emerging Triad: Air Pollution, Beetles, and Wildfire

Winter 2010

This 'Science Perspectives' report, from the Pacific Southwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service, discusses biochemical changes in trees stressed by drought and air pollution. Such changes may attract bark beetles, overwhelming the trees' defense mechanisms and increasing their vulnerability to disease, death and the promotion of wildfires. These forest impacts are exacerbated by climate change.  

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel McGlynn, Nancy Grulke

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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An Equitable Water Future - A National Briefing Paper

June 6, 2017

From the U. S. Water Alliance, An Equitable Water Future explores the implications of water supply stress and management on vulnerable or disadvantaged communities and discusses the opportunities to build more equitable water systems. The report identifies the ways in which water issues like affordability and aging infrastructure disproportionately impact vulnerable communities, and highlights the potential to leverage water systems to build water equity. The Alliance determined that the focal elements to building water equity are to ensure that all people have access to safe, clean water; benefit from water infrastructure investments; and are climate resilient.

Related Organizations: U.S. Water Alliance, Water Equity Network

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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An Equitable Water Future: Opportunities for the Great Lakes Region 

March 6, 2018

The U.S. Water Alliance has investigated water assets and systems in the Great Lakes region, and the equitable management of these assets. The report describes climate change impacts on water resources, along with other equity issues such as failing infrastructure, affordability, and workforce inclusion. Opportunities for the region to adapt the water sector, and detailed strategies provide a framework for making these water systems more inclusive.

Related Organizations: U.S. Water Alliance

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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An Integrated DOI Plan for Addressing the Effects of Climate Change on Natural Systems

2008

In March 2007, former Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne established the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Change Task Force. Three subcommittees were formed to undertake this assignment. This Draft report was issued by the Science Subcommittee to identify the science and information needed to assist the DOI in addressing the consequences of climate change and to suggest possible options for developing, coordinating, acquiring, and analyzing any additional scientific information that would be helpful for that purpose.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Analysis of Drought Impacts on Electricity Production in the Western and Texas Interconnections of the United States

December 2011

This study, produced by the Environmental Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, analyzes the potential impact of drought on electricity generation within the western and Texas interconnections.  The report examines how electricity generation relies heavily on water resources and their availability, and illustrates the interdependence of energy and water in the electricity context. 

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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