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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Health Impacts in Canada

Health Canada has released a new report on the health impacts of climate change entitled Human Health in a Changing Climate: A Canadian Assessment of Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacity. In addition to providing a comprehensive and up-to-date review of potential health implications (both direct and indirect), the report also discusses extensively the issues of adaptation and adaptive capacity. Digital copies of the report are available from Health Canada upon request.

Israel Recommends Climate Adaptation

A report prepared for the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection has been released that summarises potential impacts for the nation (to the sum of billions of shekels) and some preliminary recommendations for adaptation actions. However, as with many nations and regions around the world, "additional data will need to be collected to close knowledge gaps, and new policies will have to be developed which take account of the impacts of climate change."

The full report is available on-line for those with knowledge of Hebrew. For others, a brief summary of the report's contents is available here.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Committee of Melbourne Releases its "FutureMap"

The Committee for Melbourne, a network of influential individuals and organisations, has released FutureMap 2030 - a guide for climate change adapation and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. While the report is rather vague with respect to its recommendations (i.e., lot's of "what" but not much "who", "where", "when", or "how"), it provides a fairly accessible overview of the issue for Melbourne (from science to impacts to adaptation and mitigation) and opportunities to address the potential risks.

Friday, August 1, 2008

New Reports on Climate Impacts in U.S. States

The University of Maryland's Center for Integrative Environmental Research has released a series of reports outlining potential economic impacts of climate change to several U.S. states. The titles are a bit of a misnomer as the reports largely detail the size of climate-exposed economic sectors and qualitatively identify whether such sectors will be positively or negatively harmed. Some indicative projections of economic impacts arising from climate change are offered, but generally these reports don't provide comprehensive estimates of climate costs that could be used, say, for cost/benefit analysis of different climate policies.

State Economic and Environmental Costs of Climate Change

State Reports
Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Colorado
Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Georgia
Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Illinois
Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Kansas
Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Michigan
Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Nevada
Economic Impacts of Climate Change on New Jersey
Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Ohio