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Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Climate Change Science Program for Fiscal Year 2010

Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Climate Change Science Program for Fiscal Year 2010

Date: September 2009
Creator: U.S. Global Change Research Program and Subcommittee on Global Change Research
Description: The report describes the activities and plans of the Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), which incorporates the U.S. Global Change Research Program established under the Global Change Research Act of 1990, and the Climate Change Research Initiative that was established by the President in 2001. CCSP coordinates and integrates scientific research on climate and global change supported by 13 participating departments and agencies of the U.S. Government. The document highlights recent advances and progress supported by CCSP-participating agencies in each of the program's research and observational elements, as called for in the Strategic Plan for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program released in July 2003, and later modified in the 2008 CCSP Revised Research Plan. The document also describes how observational and predictive capabilities are being improved and used to create tools to support decisionmaking at local, regional, and national scales to cope with environmental variability and change.
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Our Planet : Sustainable Transport - on the right track

Our Planet : Sustainable Transport - on the right track

Date: September 2009
Creator: Lean, Geoffrey
Description: Our Planet is a periodical magazine published by the United Nations Environment Programme. This issue is devoted to policies meant to reduce the carbon emissions from cars, trucks, and planes by converting fleets to cleaner, renewable fuels, and by moving government subsidies from highway infrastructure to public transportation.
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UGEC Viewpoints, No. 2, September 2009

UGEC Viewpoints, No. 2, September 2009

Date: September 2009
Creator: Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project
Description: Urbanization is a global phenomenon that has transformed and continues to alter landscapes and the ways in which societies function and develop. For this issue of UGEC Viewpoints, the editors collected case-studies presented at the Open Meeting that span across regions and themes: from Australia and the United States, as well as the less developed nations in Africa, megacities of Asia such as Dhaka, Bangladesh and Delhi, India, vulnerable coastal areas of the Yucatan Peninsula, and the largest rainforest in the world, the Brazilian Amazon. Currently, more than half of the world's population lives in cities; the United Nations projects that by 2030 the world will advance to the 60% urbanization threshold. Rapid urbanization effects will not only be present within the immediate locations (cities and their metropolitan areas), but will be experienced regionally and globally. The UGEC project seeks to better understand these implications and the complex dynamic systems of urban areas that affect and are affected by global environmental change (e.g., climate change, natural disasters, loss of biodiversity, freshwater ecosystem decline, desertification, and land degradation). Several commonalities are readily identifiable in the authors' research, some of which include an attention to the roles of the governance structures within ...
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Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

Date: September 10, 2009
Creator: United States. Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force.
Description: This report discusses the direction of a national policy to protect oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes while coordinating with national security and foreign policy interests. The priorities include ecosystem restoration, water quality, resiliency to climate change and acidification, and improved environmental observation systems.
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Fast Facts: Climate Change and UNDP

Fast Facts: Climate Change and UNDP

Date: October 2009
Creator: United Nations Environment Programme
Description: Making poverty history and tackling climate change go hand-in-hand because receding forests, changing rainfall patterns and rising sea levels trap people in hardship and undermine their future. Studies in Ethiopia show that children exposed to drought in early childhood are 36 percent more likely to be malnourished five years later.
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The Greater Mekong and Climate Change: Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Development at Risk

The Greater Mekong and Climate Change: Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Development at Risk

Date: October 2009
Creator: WWF Greater Mekong Programme
Description: This document addresses climate change adaptation issues in the Greater Mekong countries. It also presents the WWF's call for an Asia’s first regional climate change adaptation agreement, that should help Greater Mekong nations prepare for the inevitable impacts of climate change.
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Improving Market Access for Dryland Commodities in East Africa: Synthesis Report

Improving Market Access for Dryland Commodities in East Africa: Synthesis Report

Date: October 2009
Creator: Dawson, John
Description: The report is based on the findings of a baseline survey carried out in four cross-border sites of global biodiversity significance in East Africa. The survey aimed to establish which dryland commodities might have sufficient market potential to lead to an improvement in livelihoods, while enabling sustainable natural resource development; and to identify processes by which this might be achieved.
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Synthesis Report on Observations, Projections, and Impact Assessments of Climate Change: Climate Change and Its Impacts in Japan

Synthesis Report on Observations, Projections, and Impact Assessments of Climate Change: Climate Change and Its Impacts in Japan

Date: October 2009
Creator: Japan Meteorological Agency
Description: The Japan synthesis report includes causes of global warming, the current state and future of global warming, the impacts of and adaptation to climate change, and methodologies for observing and projecting climate change and impact.
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A Transportation Research Program for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change and Conserving Energy Special Report 299

A Transportation Research Program for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change and Conserving Energy Special Report 299

Date: October 2009
Creator: Committee for Study on Transportation Research Programs to Address Energy and Climate Change
Description: This report from the Transportation Research Board suggests that federal, state, and local policy makers need informed guidance about the effectiveness, costs, feasibility, and acceptability of transportation strategies to mitigate transportation greenhouse gas emissions, to conserve energy, and to adapt to climate change. The report covers strategies affecting travel and mode choice, models and decision tools, infrastructure investment options and infrastructure construction, operation, and maintenance. The report recommends beginning a research and development initiative by making a modest investment of $40 million to $45 million annually in the next surface transportation authorization that would be used to develop the best available guidance quickly on the basis of existing information and then begin to improve that guidance over time as new research is completed.
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Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance

Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance

Date: October 5, 2009
Creator: United States. President (2009- : Obama)
Description: This executive order establishes sustainability and energy efficiency as priorities in the operations of the federal government.
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