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The findings presented in this Synthesis and Assessment Product from the U.S. Climate Change Science Program draw from scenarios designed to stabilize the influence of a suite of greenhouse gases. Three climate-modeling groups independently developed a reference scenario and then developed four contrasting stabilization scenarios for comparison.
This report summarizes findings from a review of coastal hazards associated with sea level rise, hurricanes, nor'easters, and reduced sediment supply. The study also evaluates existing policies and potential knowledge gaps, and develops potential adaptation policies.
This comprehensive scientific assessment, representing the contribution of Working Group III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, provides an in-depth analysis of the costs and benefits of different approaches to mitigating and avoiding climate change.
This comprehensive scientific assessment of past, present, and future global climate change represents the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I's contribution to the IPCC Fourth Assessment report (AR4). The assessment confirms that the scientific understanding of the climate system and its sensitivity to greenhouse gas emissions is richer and deeper than ever before. The chapters forming the bulk of this report describe scientists' assessment of the then state-of-knowledge in their respective fields.
Enacted in 2003, Maine's Public Law 237 required the state's Department of Environmental Protection to develop and submit this Climate Action Plan. The CAP includes plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2010 and to 10 percent below 1990 levels in 2020.
In June 2005, Governor Bill Richardson signed an executive order establishing the New Mexico Climate Change Advisory Group, and directed the group to prepare this report. It includes a projection of the state’s future greenhouse gas emissions and recommendations for policy changes to aid in the reduction of New Mexico’s total greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2012, 10 percent below 2000 by 2020, and 75 percent by 2050.
This report evaluates and synthesizes knowledge on climate variability, climate change, and increased ultraviolet radiation and their consequences for the Arctic region.
Arizona's Climate Change Advisory Group, formed by executive order, was charged with (1) preparing an inventory and forecast of Arizona's greenhouse gas emissions, and (2) developing this Climate Change Action Plan with recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Arizona. The executive order indicates the concern that Arizona and other western states had about the impacts of climate change and climate variability on the environment. The report includes a comprehensive set of 49 policy options.
This Executive Order requires that King County, Washington, municipal departments employ coordinated strategies of land use to mitigate and adapt to global warming.
This report, a Synthesis and Assessment Product from the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, addresses previously identified discrepancies between observations and simulations of surface and atmospheric temperature trends. It is an important revision to the conclusions of earlier reports from the U.S. National Research Council and the IPCC.
This document identifies goals and actions to conserve and restore Oregon’s species, habitats, and ecosystems. The report addresses climate change as a key conservation issue, and many of the recommendations provided consider adaptation measures to address species and habitat conservation needs. The 10-year revision of the Strategy and its Nearshore Component is currently under review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and will be posted at the provided URL once approved.
In 1991, the Missouri Commission on Global Climate Change and Ozone Depletion concluded that climate change is being bolstered by human activity. This report includes the 1991 final report of that commission, the 1992 Final Report of the Statewide Energy Study, the 1992 final report of the Department of Natural Resources’ Institute Project, and two previous reports from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Phase 1 and Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas projects, which were issued in 1996 and 1990, respectively.
This booklet describes how natural processes affect the coast, including changes in lake levels, storms and storm surges, waves and wave climate, transport of sediment, ice on the shore, shoreline erosion, lakebed erosion, and movement of water on the land. It also describes how to protect coastal investments by adapting to natural processes, restoring a natural shoreline, moderating coastal erosion, armoring the shore, stabilizing bluffs and banks, controlling surface water and groundwater, building environmentally friendly shore protection structures, and working with engineers and contractors. The final section covers risk management and the economics of protecting a coastal investment, including shoreline property features and value, government regulations to protect a coastal investment, costs of shore protection, and accounting for climate change. There is also a list of resources for more information and a glossary of coastal engineering terms.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the State Energy Office grouped together over 30 individuals to develop a Greenhouse Gas Action Plan for Rhode Island. This group was created because of growing concerns of the impact carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases will have on the planet. They created this climate action plan with their recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
This document, known as the COEMAP, provides a framework for community discussion and assessment of coastal erosion and beach loss in Hawai'i. The objective of COEMAP, and the public dialogue it seeks to foster, is to outline socioeconomic and technical mechanisms for conserving and restoring Hawai'i’s beaches in a framework of mitigating erosion impacts and reducing exposure to coastal hazards for future generations.