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National Climate Assessment: Southeast and the Caribbean Region Report

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report/regions/southeast

Assesses the effects of current and future climate change on the southeastern region of the U.S. and on the Caribbean Islands.  From the Climate.gov site of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Sea Level Rise: A Relentless Reality that Virginia Must Continue to Plan Carefully for

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia%20News%20Letter%202014%20Vol.%2090%20No%206.pdf

Virginia has over 7,000 miles of tidal shoreline.  This article briefly reviews flooding threats and then examines  the state’s evolving policies for coping with the threat of rising sea levels and storm surges. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/the_cost_of_delaying_action_to_stem_climate_change.pdf

Examines the economic consequences of delaying implementing climate change policies and calls for implementation now to avoid higher costs from delays.  From the Council of Economic Advisers

 

Sea Level Rise and Nuisance Flood Frequency Changes Around the United States

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Weather/Disasters

http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/publications/NOAA_Technical_Report_NOS_COOPS_073.pdf

Water level gauges are providing clear evidence of sea level rise around most of the continental U.S. and Hawaii.  Finds also that extreme flooding events are reaching higher ground and covering larger areas and the frequency of extreme flood events is increasing.  From the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

State of the World’s Forests 2014: Enhancing the Socioeconomic Benefits from Forests

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Natural Resources,United Nations

http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3710e.pdf

Emphasizes how well-managed forests can contribute to sustainable development and promote food security.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization

 

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/2014%20MDG%20report/MDG%202014%20English%20web.pdf

 

Examines the latest progress toward achieving the MDGs as the 2015 deadline nears.  From the United Nations

 

Pathways to Deep Decarbonization: Interim 2014 Report

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,United Nations

http://unsdsn.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/DDPP_interim_2014_report.pdf

The interim report describes an approach to decarbonization at the individual country level and presents findings on technically feasible ways to cut carbon emissions in industrialized countries by 2050.  Final report to be released in connection with September 2014 summit.  From the United Nations

 

Consequences of Climate Change Damages for Economic Growth: A Dynamic Quantitative Assessment

Categories: Business/Economics,Climate Change,Environment

http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/economics/consequences-of-climate-change-damages-for-economic-growth_5jz2bxb8kmf3-en

Attempts to assess the damage that climate change might cause to economic development.  Estimates that global GDP might decline by 0.7% to 2.5% by 2060.  From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

 

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