Climate change basics - An Introduction to Climate Change
Key Messages from 2009 International Scientific Congress Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions: March 2009. Copenhagen, Denmark: Following a successful Congress attended by more than 2,500 delegates from nearly 80 countries, preliminary key messages from the findings were published in anticipation of the June 2009 published conference proceedings.
US Climate Change Science Program: January 2009. This site contains twenty-one (21) synthesis and assessment reports covering all aspects of potential impacts of climate change including Atmospheric Composition, Climate Variability and Change, Global Water Cycle, Land-Use and Land-Cover Change, Global Carbon Cycle, Ecosystems, Decision-Support Resources Development and Related Research, Human Contributions and Responses, Observing and Monitoring the Climate System, Communications, International Research and Cooperation.
Florida Energy and Climate Change Action Plan - Phase Two (PDF): October 2008. 50 separate policy recommendations to address climate change in Florida. Cost benefit analysis of recommended policies are included.
Florida Energy & Climate Commission: This nine member Commission was created by Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Legislature in the 2008 Legislative session and is the primary organization for state energy and climate change programs and policies
Final Florida Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Reference Case Projections 1990-2025 (PDF): October 2008. Center for Climate Strategies Report for the State of Florida, 120 pages.
Florida's Resilient Coasts: A State Policy Framework for Adaptation to Climate Change: 2008. A 72-page book providing a foundation for the issues facing Florida related to climate change and offering a framework for solutions.
Ethical Obligations of States, Regional and Local Governments, Organizations, Businesses, and Individuals to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Nov 2009. This short article written by Penn State scholars recognize the growing literature on the ethical obligations of nations to reduce the threat of climate change but focuses on the obligations of sub-national governments, businesses and organizations, and individuals to reduce their emissions.
Florida Opinion on Climate Change: 2008. This 4 page summary of a public opinion survey of 1,077 Floridians on the impact of global warming was conducted by A. Leiserowitz of the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy and K. Broad at the University of Miami.
Broward County Government Operations Climate Change Report (PDF): Climate Change Impacts - Global & Local: May 2008. Seven page excerpt of the report identifying specific challenges from climate change for Broward County.
Broward County Government Operations Climate Change Report (PDF): 2008. Broward County government internal operations plan calculating emissions and recommending actions to reduce greenhouse contributions of County activities.
Broward County Government Operations 2009 Progress Report (PDF) and the associated Appendix (PDF) were submitted and approved by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners on June 9, 2009.
Miami -Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force: In July of 2006, The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners created the 25 member Climate Change Advisory Task Force to provide climate change-related technical assistance and advice to the Board of County Commissioners on potential future climate change impacts to Miami-Dade County and provide ongoing recommendations regarding mitigation and adaptation measures to respond to climate change.
Miami -Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force-Phase II Report: April 2008. The phase 2nd report is 19 pages with extensive appendices. The document provides a framework for BC-CCTF products, recommendations to Miami-Dade Commission, and statement on sea level rise.
State and Municipal Climate Change Plans: The First Generation (PDF): 2008. A peer reviewed article written by S.M. Wheeler. (J. Amer. Planning Assoc. 74:(4) 481-496) which compares features of local government plans and recommends improvements for future plans.
15 Recommended Action Items for Energy Conservation and Carbon Footprint Reduction by Lake Worth City Government Facilities: February 2008. Lake Worth Climate Protection Task Force produced a 4 page document. The recommendations are in 5 categories: Electrical Usage Reduction; Fuel Usage Reduction; Conservation of Resources; Energy Conservation Education; Approve New Ordinances; and Modify City Policies.
Delray Beach Green Task Force Final Report: January 2009. This 154 page web report is a local sustainability plan with links to other local plans and sustainable practices resources.
Preparing for Climate Change (PDF): A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments: September 2007. This guidebook is a collaboration among King County, Washington, the Climate Impact Group and ICLEI. The book describes a detailed, easy-to-understand process for climate change preparedness based on familiar resources and tools to help local, regional, or state governments prepare for climate change.
SFRPC - Climate Change Community Tool Box: South Florida Regional Planning Council product focused on Miami-Dade. It provides sea level rise assumptions and projections for Miami-Dade, fact sheets on impact on Community, Environment and Economy, and an adaptation resources compendium.
The Playbook: The Playbook is a web-based resource which provides information on developing strategies, best practices related to buildings, neighborhoods and infrastructure. It includes tips and tools that cities and counties can use to take immediate action on climate change.
NOAA Local Strategies for Addressing Climate Change (PDF): February 2009. This is a compilation of articles recently published in Coastal Services magazine, a trade journal for the nation's coastal resource managers this magazine.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency: DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. The searchable database describes and provides links to financial incentives including federal, state and local rebate and incentive programs; relevant rules, regulations and policies and related programs.
American Water Works Association Florida 2030: September 2008. This vision for sustainable Water infrastructure includes an executive summary on a Vision for Sustainable Water Supply, Issue Papers on FL2030 Reclaimed Water, Climate Change, Desalination, Governance Funding, Surface Water, Utilities WMD FDEP Partnership, Water Conservation, Water Resource Management, and Transfer Allocation.
American Planning Association Planners Energy and Climate Change Database: This online database provides examples of communities that have taken steps to integrate energy and climate change issues into planning, states that have addressed climate change issues in plans or policies, and other relevant documents to help planners understand and address energy and climate change.
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