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Land and Water Resource Management in Asia: Challenges for Climate Adaptation

The paper, prepared as background to a workshop held in Hanoi, Vietnam, in January 2009, links the issues of poverty reduction, land and water resource management, and climate adaptation in practice. Within Southeast Asia and the Himalayas, as elsewhere, land and water resource management issues are most pronounced in areas of marginal production systems, and directly connected to poverty reduction efforts. Climate change is likely to exacerbate existing challenges within these sectors in unexpected ways.

Potential Ecological Consequences of Climate Change in South Florida and the Everglades

Global climate changes are likely to have profound e ects on the Earth’s ecosystems and on our perspectives on ecological conservation. Regional models project varying trends across the United States and even between southern and northern Florida. The purpose of this report is to summarize climate change literature pertinent to south Florida, particularly the Everglades, and to assess potential ecosystem vulnerabilities and the capacity for adaptation to climate change in this important ecosystem.

Buzzards Bay Action Plan: Planning for a Shifting Shoreline and Coastal Storms

For millennia, the Buzzards Bay coastline has been subject to the rise in sea level and storms that have continued to erode and shift materials that change the shape, elevation, and position of the shoreline. These processes shift the locations of barrier beaches and alter wetland areas, resulting in the loss of habitat for certain species, and cause the migration of other habitats like salt marshes. Structures built in these hazard-prone areas can not only impede natural processes, but when they are destroyed in storms, they become hazards to public health and the environment.

Preparing for Climate Change in the Rogue River Basin of Southwest Oregon

The Rogue River Basin, located in southwest Oregon, consists of a diverse array of communities, economies and ecological systems. The Basin’s rich history, beautiful setting, and recreational and employment opportunities, attract visitors and residents to the region year-round. Climate change is likely to produce significant new stresses and alterations to water quantity and quality, fish, wildlife, plant life, forests and fire regimes of the Rogue Basin. The Rogue will not be the only region to experience the effects of climate change.

Storm Surges, Rising Seas and Flood Risks in Metropolitan Buenos Aires

Many parts of the developing world are subject to variable and extreme climate, the impacts of which impede development and point to the need to improve the understanding and management of climate risks. These needs are being amplified by human-caused climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded in its 2001 report that much of the developing world is highly vulnerable to adverse impacts from climate change.

Developing Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change Impacts on Tropical Forest Systems

The annual report describes the third year activities of the ‘Tropical Forests and Climate Change Adaptation’ (TroFCCA) project. The report, which covers the period from August 2007 to 31 August 2008, highlights the activities undertaken in accordance with the plans for year 3 and the financial transactions accompanying those activities.

The Patchwork Quilt: A Creative Strategy for Safe and Long Term Post-Disaster Rebuilding

Individuals, residents, business owners, community leaders, and taxpayers are increasingly frustrated with the hardship and costs associated with repeatedly rebuilding structures in areas that suffer natural disasters, especially floods, year after year. Modern advances in the sciences of hydrology and hydraulics, coupled with the National Flood Insurance Program’s efforts to create maps of all areas of the United States that are especially prone to flooding, make it possible to have a fairly good understanding of the velocities, depth and future location of floods.

Financing Adaptation: Opportunities for Innovation and Experimentation

Climate change is upon us. The earth is warming, seasons are shifting, species are migrating, and water is flowing in new patterns. The accelerating and deepening impacts of climate change will touch everyone on earth, but those who stand to suffer most are the poor. People and governments must find the will and the means to slow, stop, and reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to avert catastrophic warming.

San Diego County Greenhouse Gas Inventory

This project endeavored to inventory all greenhouse gas emissions from San Diego County over the 1990-2006 time period. Using this data, the report estimates greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 provided trends remain the same. Finally, the study calculated the theoretical emissions reductions necessary in each emission category to reduce San Diego’s emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Emissions were calculated using the same methodology developed by the California Air Resources Board.

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