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Executive Summary: Climate Adaptation + Mitigation Strategies: Pursuing Implementation Pilots

At the Building Climate Solutions 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment   Conference held in Washington DC this past January, the Center for Clean Air Policy partnered with the U.S. Global Climate Research Program’s National Climate Assessment Program to host “Climate Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies: Pursuing Implementation Pilots” symposium and... continue reading »

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Conectando los Puntos: Sinergias Entre la Adaptacion y la Mitigacion

Desde 2006, CCAP ha instado a las comunidades, empresas y legisladores a hacerse la pregunta del cambio climático respecto de cómo las decisiones de infraestructura, desarrollo de suelos, políticas e inversión afectan a las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero (GEI), así como a la vulnerabilidad o resiliencia al cambio climático. Ahora le invitamos a... continue reading »

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Connecting the Dots: Adaptation + Mitigation Synergies

Since 2006, CCAP has encouraged communities, companies and policymakers to Ask the Climate Question – How will infrastructure, land development, policy and investment decisions affect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and vulnerability or resilience to climate change impacts? We now challenge you to Connect the Dots between climate mitigation and climate adaptation, and implement policies and... continue reading »

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The President’s Climate Action Plan: Right on the Money

Last week President Obama announced a far-reaching Climate Action Plan that will support achievement of the U.S. commitment to reduce national carbon pollution in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 while redirecting our international development aid to foster clean energy choices in other countries. With the promised expeditious implementation of these measures, the President’s package will spur the reduction of carbon pollution from the power sector in the United States and provide new momentum to the international climate negotiations. continue reading »

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A Plan for the New Normal: The President’s Climate Action Plan Calls for Preparing the U.S. for the Impacts of Climate Change

On a hot and muggy, 90-degree day on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, DC President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan to the nation Tuesday. In addition to cutting carbon, CCAP applauds President Obama for placing climate resilience at the center of his three-part plan. Under the scorching sun, the president summarized recent weather events: continue reading »

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The President’s Climate Action Plan: Right on the Money

On July 26, 2013 President Obama announced a far-reaching Climate Action Plan that will support achievement of the U.S. commitment to reduce national carbon pollution in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 while redirecting our international development aid to foster clean energy choices in other countries. With the promised expeditious implementation... continue reading »

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Meeting Summary: Severe Weather & Critical Infrastructure Resilience: Washington, DC

On March 14, 2013, the District Department of the Environment, the District Office of Planning, and the Center for Clean Air Policy held a workshop centered on critical infrastructure resilience measures. The discussion aimed to shape future preparation efforts to ensure they reflect stakeholder knowledge, experience and priorities. It will be essential to continue assessing... continue reading »

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Sustainable DC Plan Targets Emissions and Climate Resilience

DC Mayor Vincent Gray released the Sustainable DC Plan on Feb. 20 that sets forth ambitious goals and metrics pertaining to climate and the environment. The 20-year program includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2032, and enhancing the resilience of DC infrastructure to climate change impacts. continue reading »

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Extreme Weather Trends, Climate Science, and Public Opinion

The social, physical and economic devastation of Hurricane Sandy will be felt for many weeks and months to come. Sandy brought record precipitation and storm surge to the U.S. East Coast; more than 8 million households lost power and over 100 fatalities were reported. The latest estimates of economic losses range from $30 to $50 billion (Eqecat, IHS Global Insight). continue reading »

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Urban Trees, Green Streets, Urban Land Use, courtesy of EPA Office of Sustainable Communities

Urban trees Trees and other urban vegetation help reduce the urban heat island effect by providing shade, and also help clean the air, sequester carbon dioxide, beautify the neighborhood, and raise property values. Several programs exist to increase urban vegetation, such as Million Trees NYC, Million Trees LA, the EPA’s compendium of strategies to reduce... continue reading »

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Green Walls, Living Walls, Green Roofs, courtesy of EPA Office of Sustainable Communities, PNC

Green infrastructure is becoming a hot topic. This week is the 2012 GreenGov Symposium, September 20 was the White House Conference on Green Infrastructure, and August saw the first annual Mid-Atlantic Green Roof Science & Technology Symposium, Redefining Green Roof Science. Colleges and universities looking at green infrastructure include Harvard, Carnegie Mellon University, Villanova, Swarthmore... continue reading »

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Recycling wastewater and food waste, courtesy of King County, Washington, MEDA, and GAIN

Humans generate vast quantities of wastewater through inefficiencies and poor management of water systems, according to a recent study published in Science. As droughts become more prominent due to climate change, ways to improve our recycling of wastewater and food waste become more important. Some of the world’s biggest corporations such as Pepsi, Nestle, and... continue reading »

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Weathering Climate Risks

Advancing Corporate and Community Resilience As the annual costs of severe weather events in the U.S. grow into the billions of dollars, companies and communities are examining how best to plan ahead to protect their assets and bolster their bottom line. CCAP encourages companies, communities and policymakers to: “Ask the Climate Question” How will infrastructure,... continue reading »

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Coastal Restoration, courtesy of New Zealand and New Jersey

Coastal Restoration Nationwide, more than one-third of the U.S. population currently lives in the coastal zone; and 14 of the 20 largest U.S. urban centers are located along the coast.  Replanting and nourishing natural ecosystems such as salt marshes can have value for coastal hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation. Louisiana’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan... continue reading »

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Retrofits to Reduce Subway Flooding, courtesy of MTA New York

Every day without rain, the MTA pumps 8 million gallons of groundwater out of their NYC subway system. According to NYC officials, for every 1” of rain, over 1 billion gallons of stormwater are generated. Thus flooding poses a huge risk to the city’s infrastructure. Raising subway vents and entrances reduces the probability of catastrophic... continue reading »

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What Does Climate Resilience Look Like?

As the annual costs of severe weather events in the U.S. grow into the billions of dollars, companies and communities are examining how best to plan ahead to protect their assets and bolster their bottom line. Typical plans involve mitigation, adaptation, or both. The figure above, adapted from Penney 2008, demonstrates the overlap between adaptation... continue reading »

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Weathering Transportation Sector Climate Risks

CCAP and EESI are pleased to announce the release of our report , Climate Adaptation & Transportation: Identifying Information and Assistance Needs At a time when transportation agencies are faced with failing infrastructure and major budgetary constraints, the transportation sector is bearing significant losses from recent extreme weather events. With the National Climate Assessment assessing... continue reading »

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BP & UK Companies: Preparing for Climate Change Impacts is Good Business

As part of CCAP’s Weathering Climate Risks program, we are examining public, private, and public-private efforts on preparedness for extreme weather and a changing climate. Today’s blog considers recent private sector activity. A 2011 report from Mercer concluded the cost of climate change impacts could exceed $4 trillion by 2030, and contribute up to 10%... continue reading »

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Landing on the Durban Platform: Shifting to Adaptation

Vulnerability to natural disasters due to climate change have created a greater need for policy solutions. Ned Helme, founder and president of CCAP, discusses how support for adaptation projects in developing countries will be very beneficial in this fourth post in a series of six Q&As. Q:  Were there any other surprising shifts at Durban?... continue reading »

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Adaptation in the International Climate Negotiations: An Analysis of Some Issues for a Copenhagen Agreement

Adaptation is one of the four pillars of the Bali Action Plan and will be a key component of any Copenhagen Agreement. The central issue that has been dominating debates on adaptation is how much it will cost and how developing countries could be assisted with their adaptation to climate change. Several studies put the... continue reading »