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Abstract

When disasters happen, the speed and effectiveness of response depends very heavily on local organizations that represent the needs of those most impacted and most vulnerable. As the paper by Jorgelina Hardoy, Gustavo Pandiella and Luz Stella Velásquez Barrero notes, it is at the local or neighbourhood level that disasters happen, lives and livelihoods are lost, houses and infrastructure damaged or destroyed, and health and education compromised. It is also at the local level that many of the disaster risks can be addressed before disasters occur.

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One of the most publicized impacts of global warming is a predicted acceleration of sea level rise. Water levels in San Francisco Bay could rise by 1.4 meters by the end of this century and flood over 330 square miles of low-lying shoreline property and $60 billion of property. The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission has formulated a broad outline of a comprehensive strategy for addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to sea level rise in the Bay Area region.

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From the Executive Summary:Lewes, Delaware, with its strong history of hazard mitigation planning and preparedness is perfectly poised to take advantage of an increasing understanding of climate change impacts. It is already known that temperatures are rising, glaciers are retreating, snowpack is disappearing, spring is arriving earlier, and seas are rising. These changes will exacerbate hazards that are known to threaten Lewes today.

Adaptation Database and Planning Tool (ADAPT)

Tool Overview: 

ICLEI's advanced Adaptation Database and Planning Tool (ADAPT) walks users through the process of assessing vulnerabilities, setting resiliency goals, and developing plans that integrate into existing hazard and comprehensive planning efforts.

ADAPT consists of six modules:

Location

United States
43° 18' 11.9808" N, 118° 23' 19.2192" W
US

Project Summary

Climate change poses a significant and emerging threat to public health. Drought, heat waves, flooding, and disease are all exacerbated by climate change. Across the globe, climate change has been directly linked with hundreds of thousands of deaths each year and indirectly affects the health of a comparable number of people. Public health agencies and organizations can play a vital role in helping to prepare the public for these impacts, and in reducing emissions that lead to further changes in our global climate.

Location

United States
46° 45' 52.344" N, 113° 30' 58.0176" W
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Project Summary

The Clark Fork watershed extends from Butte, MT to Sandpoint, ID and drains nearly the entire western portion of Montana. Based on decades of data and observations, it is clear that the Clark Fork River basin is already experiencing changing climate conditions including droughts, increased wildfires, decreased snowpack, shrinking glaciers, and early runoff.

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In partnership with government leaders from ten large counties and cities, CCAP launched the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative to serve as a resource for local governments as they face important infrastructure and land-use decisions that affect local climate adaptation efforts and empower local communities to develop and implement climate resilient strategies. Urban Leaders partners included: Chicago; King County (Washington); City of Los Angeles, Miami-Dade County (Florida); City of Milwaukee; Nassau County (New York); New York City; Phoenix; San Francisco; and Toronto.

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In this paper CCAP provides information on the costs and benefits of “green” infrastructure solutions for bolstering local adaptation to climate change. Pioneering cities and counties have used green practices to increase community resilience by planning for, and adapting to, emerging climate change impacts. Generally, resilience means that communities can better withstand, cope with, manage, and rapidly recover their stability after a variety of crises.

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In the absence of effective avoidance, mitigation, minimization and adaptation, climate-related failures will result in greater difficulty in addressing the priority problems identified in the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP): hydrologic alteration, water quality degradation, fish and wildlife habitat loss, and stewardship gaps. This study examines the current climate and ongoing climate change in southwest Florida along with five future scenarios of climate change into the year 2200. These scenarios include:

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The Lower Willamette region of western Oregon will face significant impacts across its natural, built, economic, human, and cultural systems as a result of increasing temperature, changes in precipitation patterns, and loss of snowpack. Climate change will challenge decision makers due to the complex interactions and linkages between changing climatic patterns, biological systems, and socioeconomic factors and the present uncertainties inherent in modeling projections.

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