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Fish, Fisheries, and Water Resources: Adapting to Ontario’s Changing Climate

This integrated research project, which ran from 2007-2008, was initiated to better understand the implications of projected climate change impacts and adaptation responses on southern Ontario’s fish, fisheries, and water resources. Climate change will have predominantly negative effects on species and habitats, and resulting economic effects are expected to be devastating to the region. In addition, changes in temperature and precipitation patterns will require alterations to water resources planning and management.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is a cabinet-level agency, meaning the director reports to the governor and serves as a member of the Executive Branch of Ohio’s government. The ODH executive team helps the Director of Health formulate the agency’s strategic policy goals and objectives. The team is composed of the Chief of Staff, the Medical Director and the General Counsel. These leaders, along with agency senior-level managers and supervisors, work in tandem to ensure the state health department is responsive to the needs of Ohio’s 11.5 million residents.

OCCA is a clinician-led project of the Ohio Environmental Council, Ohio’s oldest, most respected environmental advocacy organization.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Climate and Health Toolkits

Tool Overview: 

Wisconsin Department of Health Services created these toolkits to help local governments, local health departments, and citizens in Wisconsin preparing for and responding to different weather-related emergencies.

The Department also created one-page fact sheets to accompany each toolkit, which are intended for a general audience.

These toolkits and fact sheets include background information, practical response strategies, and communication tools (such as media releases, talking points, definitions, and useful reference materials).

Cuyahoga County Climate Change Action Plan

When President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017, Cuyahoga County knew it was time to step up its effort in fighting climate change. In July 2017, Executive Budish signed on to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, joining local governments across the world, including the City of Cleveland, in a commitment to measure, track, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and, prepare for the impacts of climate change, especially on those who are most vulnerable.

Iowa City Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

The Iowa City community is ready to respond to the challenges of climate change. Iowa City has, and will continue to be impacted by the effects of greenhouse gas increases in the global atmosphere produced by fossil fuel use and other human activities related to lifestyle choices. In the last several years, Iowa City has experienced increases in flood magnitude and frequency, intense precipitation events, warmer temperatures, strong winds and changes in plant communities. Experts predict these changes will continue and likely intensify as levels of emissions continue to increase.

Climate Resilience in Ohio: A Public Health Approach to Preparedness and Planning

In 2016, the Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) formed the Ohio Public Health Resiliency Coalition (OPHCRC) to develop a document for use by local public health professionals in their efforts to address the public health impacts of climate change and climate-related weather events in their jurisdictions. The result of the OPHCRC’s work is this white paper that focuses on the risks and adverse outcomes that the communities served by Ohio’s local health departments (LHDs) are likely to face due to climate change effects.