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This report documents future coastal erosion hazards and the methodology used to estimate potential erosion, as part of the Coastal Infrastructure and Vulnerability Assessment Project. The study provides estimates of coastal erosion hazards for the California coast from Santa Barbara to the Oregon border. In addition, PWA compiled a statewide base flood elevation layer to support a flood analysis by the Pacific Institute (Pacific Institute 2009).

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The Immediate Action Workgroup of the Governor’s Executive Subcabinet on Climate Change was established to address known threats to communities caused by coastal erosion, thawing permafrost, flooding, and fires. The objective was to close a planning and execution gap identified by Governor Palin and the Congressional delegation by creating a unifying mechanism to assist the communities of Newtok, Shishmaref, Kivalina, Koyukuk, Unalakleet,and Shaktoolik.

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The effects of climate change have become a relevant and important issue of national concern in the past decade. While significant debate remains over the extent to which humans have induced climate change, it has generally been accepted that the effects of climate change are manifested in terms of increased weather variability, a higher frequency of extreme weather events and decreased predictability (Berkes and Jolly 2001; Smit et al. 2003; Venema 2005).

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Even though climate change affects countries differently, all countries will need to perform many of the same adaptation functions, such as climate information management and public engagement in adaptation planning. At the end of 2008, the World Resources Institute convened a technical workshop in Bellagio, Italy to begin enumerating a shared set of critical adaptation functions. The resulting “Bellagio Framework” can help identify strengths and gaps in adaptation capacities in a given country, as a basis for prioritizing adaptation actions and investments.

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To protect fragile ecosystems and to build sustainable communities that are resilient to climate change—including extreme weather and climate events—a climate-literate citizenry is essential. This climate science literacy guide identifies the essential principles and fundamental concepts that individuals and communities should understand about Earth’s climate system.

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This paper explores how major developing economies might become effectively engaged in a post-2012 climate change regime. The paper sets out a synthesis of how an international climate deal might play out and proposes a phased approach to a safe climate to encourage deep cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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As science has revealed that the rate and intensity of climate change is increasing at unprecedented levels, we have begun to realize that it holds potentially serious implications for international security. Analysts argue that climate change—by redrawing the maps of water availability, food security, disease prevalence and coastal boundaries—could potentially increase forced migration, raise tensions and trigger new conflicts.

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IISD Climate and Energy team members planned and facilitated a workshop intended to bring together key Manitoba-based academics, researchers, policy-makers and project coordinators to discuss current adaptation-related research and activities, consider relevant initiatives being promoted federally that support provincial adaptation work and support identification of priority areas for a proposed Manitoba Climate Research Table.

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Climate change is proceeding at a rate at which there will be unavoidable impacts to natural systems and fish and wildlife habitat. Even with the most rigorous emissions reductions the must be a plan for climate adaptation measures to help natural systems persist in the face of changing climate conditions. Such climate change adaptation is a new challenge for natural resource managers who are grappling with what it will entail in the context of conservation.

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This report synthesizes information compiled from input contributed by ACT’s Communities in Jeopardy: Plant, Animal and Human conference participants in April 2008, along with a review of publications from leading authorities researching climate change impacts on biodiversity, and adaptation responses. The purpose of this report is to provide a background summary on the following points of discussion:

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