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This tab includes laws and policies for avoiding or reducing climate change impacts in the energy sector, including best practices and legal and policy analysis.

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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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Confronting Climate Change: An Early Analysis of Water and Wastewater Adaptation Costs

October 2009

This analysis is an economic assessment with three objectives: 1) To characterize the impacts of climate change on drinking water and wastewater services in the United States through 2050, based on greenhouse gas scenarios and regional projections of climate change effects; 2) To help policy makers and the water and wastewater sector begin to understand the challenges of ensuring that reliable water and wastewater services continue to be available in the face of a changing climate; and 3) To provide early cost estimates so that policies can be developed that address these challenges and planning by utilities can begin.

Related Organizations: National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee: Potential Strategies

October 20, 2009

This set of subcommittee briefings to the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee provides potential adaptation strategies for coastal zones and oceans, human health and welfare (including water quality), key infrastructure, local economy and government, natural resources and habitat, and land use. In addition to these issue-specific strategies, the report offers general strategies such as updated hazard mapping, increased financial support for adaptation programs, and revised regulatory and design requirements.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance

October 5, 2009

On October 5, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13514, that set sustainability goals for Federal agencies and focuses on making improvements in their environmental, energy and economic performance. The Order establishes an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the Federal Government, and makes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a priority for Federal agencies. In addition, every federal agency is directed to develop, implement, and annually update an integrated Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan.

Related Organizations: White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

Author or Affiliated User: President Obama

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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New York State Executive Order 24: Establishing a Goal to Reduce GHG Emissions 80% by 2050 and Preparing a Climate Action Plan

August 6, 2009

In August 2009, Governor Patterson signed Executive Order 24 to address climate change in the State of New York.  EO 24 established a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state, as well as requiring a Climate Action Plan to address both mitigation and adaptation for key economic sectors.

Related Organizations: State of New York Executive Chamber

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Adapting to Climate Change: The Public Policy Response - Public Infrastructure

June 2009

Leveraging prior U. S. infrastructure assessments, this report synthesizes threats to and the needs of public infrastructure posed by climate change. Infrastructure asset types discussed include: wastewater and waterworks systems, electric power generation and transmission systems, communication networks, roads and rail networks, transit and transportation facilities and ports, and oil and gas pipelines and associated facilities. The adaptive capacity of these assets are reviewed, and options for enhancing adaptive capacity through public sector investments in physical, planning, and human resources are presented.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Authors or Affiliated Users: James E. Neumann, Jason C. Price

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Adapting to Climate Change in Ontario

November 2009

This report provides a comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts for the Province of Ontario, Canada, and proposes potential strategies to address these impacts.

Related Organizations: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change of Ontario

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Chicago Energy Conservation Code

November 5, 2008

The City of Chicago amended Title 18 of the City's Municipal Code to add Chapter 13 to promote the use energy conservation measures in buildings.  Energy efficiency upgrades can help to reduce waste energy from buildings, which contributes to the urban heat island effect in the city. Energy efficiency measures in buildings also can help reduce carbon pollution.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Arkansas Governor's Commission on Global Warming - Final Report

October 2008

The Final Report of the Arkansas Governor's Commission on Global Warming (GCGW) provides a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast, recommended emission reduction goals, and advice for state and local governments on measures to address climate change.

Related Organizations: Arkansas Governor's Commission on Global Warming

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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