Tagged with Adaptation

The Rise of Renewables and Energy Transition: What Adaptation Strategy for Oil Companies and Oil-exporting Countries?

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies https://bit.ly/2HiH2OV [Axios] The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies explores the decision-making behind how the industry and oil-exporting countries should approach the rise of renewables and the long-term move away from carbon-intensive fuels, in this new paper. Why it matters: The pace of the global energy transition is a “critical uncertainty,” and there are “dire” … Continue reading

When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of US Coastal Communities

Union of Concerned Scientists / by Erika Spanger-Siegfried, et al. http://bit.ly/2vyakDt [Washington Post] …The study identifies 167 communities in 13 states that by 2035 will face chronic inundation — which it defines as when high tides flood 10 percent or more of the community’s usable, non-wetland area at least 26 times per year. Twenty-two of those communities … Continue reading

Climate Change, Resilience, and Fairness: How Nonstructural Adaptation Can Protect and Empower Socially Vulnerable Communities on the Gulf Coast

Oxfam America for the Center for Progressive Reform http://bit.ly/23IJLax [From Press Release] Coastal communities in low-lying Louisiana, threatened not only by subsiding land but rising seas, face social vulnerabilities that must be taken into consideration as the state adapts to climate change, new research finds. Along the Gulf Coast, the geographic and social vulnerabilities of the … Continue reading

Alternative Futures for Global Food and Agriculture

OECD (This fee-based document is available to RFFers through OECD iLibrary; see library landing page if prompted for credentials) http://bit.ly/1SDlzTB We face the challenges of developing a global food system that will feed a growing and more affluent population while preserving sensitive ecosystems, competing for limited natural resources, increasing agricultural productivity growth while mitigating and adapting … Continue reading

Flood Risks and Environmental Vulnerability — Exploring the Synergies Between Floodplain Restoration, Water Policies and Thematic Policies

European Environment Agency http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/flood-risks-and-environmental-vulnerability This report focuses on the role of floodplains in flood protection, water management, nature protection or agriculture and the impact of hydromorphological alterations on the ecosystem services that floodplains provide. The aim is to support the implementation of the EU Floods Directive (EU, 2007), in particular with regard to environmental impacts … Continue reading

National Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation in Europe

European Environment Agency http://bit.ly/1LQA0eK This report provides new insights into adaptation monitoring, reporting and evaluation systems at the national level in Europe and constitutes the first attempt to consolidate emerging information across European countries. It aims to offer reliable and targeted information to support the effective and efficient implementation of climate adaptation policies and actions … Continue reading

Preparing for Climate-Related Risks: Lessons from the Private Sector

Highlights of a Forum US Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-16-126SP During the GAO-sponsored forum, participants discussed the following topics: Businesses’ Climate-Related Risks, Actions to Identify and Manage Them, and Justification of Resilience Efforts Forum participants representing businesses across a variety of industries described climate-related risks to their operations, infrastructure, and supply chains. Participants also discussed their … Continue reading

US Forests Will Lose Their Ability to Sequester CO2 in 25 Years: USFS Scientists

From Sink to Source: Regional Variation in U.S. Forest Carbon Futures Scientific Reports (2015, v5, Article 16518; doi:10.1038/srep16518) http://www.nature.com/articles/srep16518 [Abstract] The sequestration of atmospheric carbon (C) in forests has partially offset C emissions in the United States (US) and might reduce overall costs of achieving emission targets, especially while transportation and energy sectors are transitioning … Continue reading

Sea Level Rise: What is Expected for New York

New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/45202.html (proposed regulation and support documents) http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/103925.html (press release) [Yale Environment 360]  New York State is telling developers and homeowners in New York City and coastal towns that they should prepare for up to 75 inches of sea level rise by 2100. The sea level rise projections, based on recent scientific … Continue reading