This new Synthesis Report from the IPCC summarizes the contents of 5 studies released over the past year. These studies confirm that climate change caused by human activities is having impacts on ecosystems and human well-being across the U.S. and around the world.
Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America's Natural Resources
October 9, 2014
The Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience has released a report outlining four strategies to help make our natural resources more resilient to climate change, and documenting progress and providing roadmaps for action.
Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report
September 17, 2014
A new report released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate concludes that rapid innovation and new investment in infrastructure are making it possible to tackle climate change while also improving economic performance.
Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal Action
September 8, 2014
The Georgetown Climate Center has released a report outlining 100 recommendations to help improve federal programs and their ability to prepare for climate change. The new report--Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal Action--will inform the White House's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.
The New Jersey FloodMapper is a user-friendly visualization tool for local communities who need to make decisions concerning flooding hazards and sea level rise. This tool should be used to promote enhanced preparedness and land use planning decisions with considerations for possible future conditions.
Water and Climate Change Adaptation: Policies to Navigate Uncharted Waters
August 25, 2014
This report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development provides a risk-based approach to achieve resilient water security in a changing climate, documents key trends and highlights best practice from the OECD Survey of Policies on Water and Climate Change Adaptation, and examines options to improve the flexibility of water governance, policy, & financing approaches.
According to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, the United States saw nine climate and weather disaster events, each with losses exceeding $1 billion in damages during 2013. These events included a drought event, two flooding events, and six severe storm events. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 113 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted. NCDC is the nation's scorekeeper in terms of placing extreme climate and weather events into historical perspective in this series of annual reports, dating back to 1980.