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United States
69° 22' 11.982" N, 148° 42' 39.3768" W
US

Project Summary

Polar bears were listed under the Endangered Species Act in the United States in 2008 because of climate change effects on critical habitat. Declines in sea ice, the bears’ primary habitat, prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey to recommend a “threatened” listing, which the Secretary of the Interior approved.

Location

United States
42° 21' 52.0668" N, 71° 4' 4.116" W
US

Project Summary

This project examined the vulnerability of two urban, environmental justice communities in metropolitan Boston to the effects of coastal flooding. Through visualization tools and workshops, the project team engaged residents on climate change impacts and worked to identify feasible adaptation options.

Location

United States
68° 41' 57.0012" N, 91° 34' 55.3116" W
US

Project Summary

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) developed and hosted a climate change risk assessment workshop in 2009 to build capacity for First Nation communities. The workshop was designed to provide an overview of climate change impacts and opportunities and to engage participants in discussing adaptation options for local and regional climate change issues. CIER plans to continue hosting these kinds of workshops in the future.

Location

United States
38° 2' 44.0448" N, 122° 54' 14.5908" W
US

Project Summary

The National Park Service removed two dams in the Point Reyes National Seashore’s Estero de Limantour coastal watershed in 2008. This project was undertaken to restore habitat, fish passage, and connectivity in the park’s tidal marshes. By restoring natural ecological processes, project leaders believe that the area will be more resilient to climate change.

Location

675 SW 7th Ave
33130 Miami , FL
United States
25° 46' 2.2152" N, 80° 12' 20.0916" W
Florida US

Project Summary

The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) created a Climate Change Community Toolbox to help local officials plan for and adapt to climate change. The Toolbox includes fact sheets on likely climate impacts on Miami-Dade’s economy, environment, and community; inundation maps with different sea level rise scenarios; and links to national and international sources on adaptation planning.

Location

2700 NE 135th St
33181 Miami , FL
United States
25° 54' 3.3516" N, 80° 8' 37.2264" W
Florida US

Project Summary

The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) completed the Sea Level Rise Project in 2005. The study examined the effects of sea level rise on seven coastal counties under the purview of the SFRPC and the Treasure Coast Florida Regional Planning Council. Inundation maps for each county were created and are available for public use.

Location

140 Northern Ave
02210 Boston , MA
United States
42° 21' 12.2904" N, 71° 2' 29.4864" W
Massachusetts US

Project Summary

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is using the results of a habitat vulnerability assessment to create and implement climate-smart adaptation strategies in management, acquisition, research, and monitoring activities. This project used an expert panel to identify and rank the vulnerabilities of 20 key habitat types to projected climate change impacts. This process may serve as a model for other state agencies to use in strengthening State Wildlife Action Plans.

Location

United States
26° 22' 5.6784" N, 89° 23' 47.3532" W
US

Project Summary

The Gulf of Mexico is a large, interlinked area with limited financial resources. The Gulf of Mexico Research Plan (GMRP) was developed to identify research needs and priorities for the Gulf of Mexico, encourage collaboration in the region, and increase stakeholder support.

Location

United States
37° 43' 14.7468" N, 122° 17' 49.4088" W
US

Project Summary

In September 2009, two workshops were held in the Bay Area to educate and train local planners on climate change impacts and adaptation strategies. These workshops were based on the National Estuarine Research Reserve System’s Planning for Climate Change workshop, originally developed and piloted in Washington State by the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Location

38 Murray St
10007 New York , NY
United States
40° 42' 49.5144" N, 74° 0' 34.3908" W
New York US
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Project Summary

New York City is a large emitter of greenhouse gases and will be vulnerable to impacts of climate change such as sea level rise, warming temperatures, and storm surge. In 2007, PlaNYC, a comprehensive sustainability plan for New York City, was released and outlined for the development of a greener city over the next 25 years.

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