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Saturday, August 9, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released its 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, which highlights highlights ongoing areas of priority and renewed areas of emphasis to guide strategic planning for the agency. To this end, the report does acknowledge climate change as a "threat multiplier" and notes that "Natural hazards are becoming more costly to address, with increasingly variable consequences due in part to drivers such as climate change and interdependent and aging infrastructure."
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
The European Union's (EU) EUROCLIMA climate change cooperation programme with Latin America has published four publications that aim to provide guidance to Latin American governments as they design mitigation and adaptation strategies and policies.
- The Climate Change and Risk Management: Vulnerability Analysis of Coastal Marine Infrastructures in Latin America guide sets out a methodology for analyzing coastal marine infrastructure vulnerability at national, sub-national and local levels.
- Best Practices for Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural Latin America: Options and Lessons from the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach synthesizes the expected impacts of climate change on agriculture, biodiversity and water resources in rural Latin America and inventories adaptation measures used by 55 projects among 18 countries.
- The Climate Change and Soil Degradation in Latin America: Scenarios, Policies and Responses guide: estimates soil degradation in Latin America; analyzes the region's vulnerability to climate-induced soil degradation; and inventories country policies, plans and instruments to combat soil degradation linked to climate change.
- The Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in Urban Areas: Tools and Successful Experiences in Latin America guide presents tools for developing NAMAs and highlights lessons learned from successful mitigation experiences from across Latin America.
The states of Hawaii and Rhode Island have passed new legislation to coordinate efforts on climate change adaptation. Both acts establish climate councils in the states. The Hawaii legislation also creates a mechanism for ongoing assessment of risks and adaptation options on a five-year cycle and mandates adaptation planning efforts that span both near-term and long-term priorities.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
- Having a quick overview of the type of capacity-building support provided at the global, regional and country level
- Tracking specific project activities and programmes
- Identifying and building on best practices
- Identifying potential gaps in the delivery of capacity-building
- Accessing information on stakeholders involved, funding sources and amounts allocated
- Improving coordination of capacity-building support, including by identifying duplications of efforts
- Identifying possible cooperation partners
Thursday, May 15, 2014
For CSIRO, the budget cuts are anticipated to lead to the elimination of 420 staff positions over the next year, and an additional 80 in subsequent years. These cuts are in addition to the 300 positions already eliminated this fiscal year. The Australian Climate Change Science Program, which has been a key science policy initiative for year, will consolidated within a new National Environmental Science Program, with a funding cut of $21.7 million in the process. However, the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility will officially continue to live on.
Meanwhile, the budget for Victoria, which was released last week, confimed that the Victorian Center for Climate Change Adaptation Research (where I had the pleasure of serving as a visiting fellow earlier this year) will not continue. That outcome is rather disappointing given the momentum around adaptation that VCCCAR has helped to create and the relationships it has helped to broker.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Our recently published article in Climate Risk Management presents the results of an effort to develop storm surge inundation layers for the eastern United States (Texas to Maine) for vulnerability and impacts assessment. The dataset, which is based on archived simulations with NOAA's SLOSH model, includes multiple inundation overlays reflecting both hurricanes of different intensities as well as various scenarios of sea-level rise. In addition to presenting this dataset, the article also presents two case study applications for coastal exposure assessment - one for U.S. energy infrastructure in the Southeast and one for future coastal housing.