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The State of the Hudson 2009

The State of the Hudson 2009

Date: 2009
Creator: New York (State). Hudson River Estuary Program.
Description: This report describes the environmental quality of the Hudson River and its watershed, including issues such as pollution, population growth, and biodiversity. The report also describes the habitats of estuaries, watersheds, and rivers in general.
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The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes

The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes

Date: 2009
Creator: United States. Public Health Service. Office of the Surgeon General.
Description: This guide describes steps that people can take to protect themselves from disease, disability, and injury that may result from health hazards in the home. The guide also describes society-wide measures to improve public health through healthy homes.
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The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks

The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks

Date: 2009
Creator: American Society of Landscape Architects
Description: This guide describes how to develop a site in a way that does the least damage to the ecosystem, and provides maximum ecological benefits, including improved air quality, storm water treatment, and energy efficiency.
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Thresholds of Climate Change in Ecosystems

Thresholds of Climate Change in Ecosystems

Date: January 2009
Creator: U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research
Description: This Report (SAP 4.2) focuses on the thresholds of Climate Change in Ecosystems. As defined in this Synthesis and Assessment Report, 'an ecological threshold is the point at which there is an abrupt change in an ecosystem quality, property, or phenomenon, or where small changes in one or more external conditions produce large and persistent responses in an ecosystem'.Ecological thresholds occur when external factors, positive feedbacks, or nonlinear instabilities in a system cause changes to propagate in a domino-like fashion that is potentially irreversible. This report reviews threshold changes in North American ecosystems that are potentially induced by climatic change and addresses the significant challenges these threshold crossings impose on resource and land managers. Sudden changes to ecosystems and the goods and services they provide are not well understood, but they are extremely important if natural resource managers are to succeed in developing adaptation strategies in a changing world. The report provides an overview of what is known about ecological thresholds and where they are likely to occur. It also identifies those areas where research is most needed to improve knowledge and understand the uncertainties regarding them. The report suggests a suite of potential actions that land and resource managers ...
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Tunza: The UNEP Magazine for Youth, Volume 6, Number 4, 2009

Tunza: The UNEP Magazine for Youth, Volume 6, Number 4, 2009

Date: 2009
Creator: Lean, Geoffrey
Description: Tunza is a UNEP magazine for and by young people. This issue is covers globalization and the international impact of environmental policies.
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Tunza: The UNEP Magazine for Youth, Volume 7, Number 1, 2009

Tunza: The UNEP Magazine for Youth, Volume 7, Number 1, 2009

Date: June 30, 2010
Creator: Lean, Geoffrey
Description: Tunza is a UNEP magazine for and by young people. This issue is about environmental policies and practices that reduce one's carbon footprint, and protect threatened species.
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Tunza: The UNEP Magazine for Youth, Volume 7, Number 2, 2009

Tunza: The UNEP Magazine for Youth, Volume 7, Number 2, 2009

Date: 2009
Creator: Lean, Geoffrey
Description: Tunza is a UNEP magazine for and by young people. This issue addresses topics related to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December 2009.
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Tunza: The UNEP Magazine for Youth, Volume 7, Number 3, 2009

Tunza: The UNEP Magazine for Youth, Volume 7, Number 3, 2009

Date: 2009
Creator: Lean, Geoffrey
Description: Tunza is a UNEP magazine for and by young people. This issue is devoted to threatened species, habitats, and the International Year of Biodiversity.
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U.S. Climate Change Science Program

U.S. Climate Change Science Program

Date: 2009
Creator: White House
Description: The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) integrates federal research on climate and global change, as sponsored by thirteen federal agencies and overseen by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, the National Economic Council and the Office of Management and Budget. During the past thirteen years the United States, through the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), has made the world's largest scientific investment in the areas of climate change and global change research -- a total investment of almost $20 billion. A nation and the global community, as indicated in the vision statement, empowered with the science-based knowledge to manage the risks and opportunities of change in the climate and related environmental systems.
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UNEP 2008 Annual Report

UNEP 2008 Annual Report

Date: 2009
Creator: United Nations Environment Programme
Description: The UNEP annual report provides an overview of UNEP's activities for the year of 2008. The report also reflects on the campaign theme for the run-up to the crucial negotiations in Copenhagen in December 2009, "United to combat climate change".
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UNEP Year Book 2009: New Science in Our Changing Environment

UNEP Year Book 2009: New Science in Our Changing Environment

Date: 2009
Creator: unknown
Description: This publication provides an overview of global and regional environmental issues policy decisions during 2009.
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Widespread climate-related impacts are occurring now and are expected to increase

Widespread climate-related impacts are occurring now and are expected to increase

Date: 2009
Creator: U.S. Global Change Research Program
Description: This map shows current and projected effects of climate change on various regions of the United States.
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Antarctic Climate Change  in the 20th and 21st centuries: Extracts from the Executive Summary of SCAR’s Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment (ACCE) Review Report

Antarctic Climate Change in the 20th and 21st centuries: Extracts from the Executive Summary of SCAR’s Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment (ACCE) Review Report

Date: October 2010
Creator: SCAR’s Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment
Description: The instrumental period began in the Antarctic with the International Geophysical Year, about 50 years ago. The snapshot we have of the climate during this period is tiny in the long history of the continent. Determining how the environment of the Antarctic will evolve over the next century presents challenges. Climate models are the only means we have of providing synoptic views of future environmental behaviour, albeit crudely and at coarse resolution. However, the effects of increased greenhouse gases are already evident, and the effects of their expected increase over the next century, if they continue to rise at the current rate, will be remarkable because of their speed.
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Our Planet : Green Economy - The New Big Deal

Our Planet : Green Economy - The New Big Deal

Date: February 2009
Creator: Lean, Geoffrey
Description: Our Planet is a periodical magazine published by the United Nations Environment Programme. This issue is devoted to so called "Green Economy" measures such as large public transportation plans, tree planting programs, and government policies that provide incentives for improving energy efficiency.
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Adapting Water Management A Primer on Coping with Climate Change

Adapting Water Management A Primer on Coping with Climate Change

Date: March 2009
Creator: Matthews, John H. & Quesne, Tom Le
Description: This primer is intended as a guide to some of the basic issues surrounding water management from a climate change perspective. It includes information on climate change impacts on various freshwater ecosystems as well as precipitation. Also addressed is how the assessment of vulnerability should distinguish between impacts assessment, which attempts to project future biophysical and ecological changes in a deterministic manner, and vulnerability assessment, which attempts to combine an assessment of future suites of change with an assessment of the resilience of ecosystems and management institutions.
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Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science

Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science

Date: March 2009
Creator: U.S Climate Change Science Program
Description: This guide aims to help individuals and communities know and understand Earth’s climate, the impacts of climate change, and approaches to adaptation or mitigation. The guide aims to promote greater climate science literacy by providing an educational framework of principles and concepts. The guide can serve educators who teach climate science as a way to meet content standards in their science curricula.
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Creating Impact - Feed-In Tariff Laws: Making clean energy a reality for all

Creating Impact - Feed-In Tariff Laws: Making clean energy a reality for all

Date: March 2009
Creator: World Future Council
Description: The brochure describes evidence from fifty governments that Feed-In Tariff (FIT) policy speeds the transition to clean energy production and use.
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Immediate Action Workgroup: Recommendations to the Governor's Subcabinet on Climate Change

Immediate Action Workgroup: Recommendations to the Governor's Subcabinet on Climate Change

Date: March 2009
Creator: Opheen, Patricia
Description: This report identifies immediate priorities for addressing climate change in Alaska. The report profiles plans for infrastructure in several towns in Alaska which already have losses and significant risks to infrastructure as a result of climate change.
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Regional Forum on Environment and Health Meeting Report

Regional Forum on Environment and Health Meeting Report

Date: March 2009
Creator: United Nations Environment Programme
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The NSF Scientific Collections Survey: A Brief Overview of Findings

The NSF Scientific Collections Survey: A Brief Overview of Findings

Date: March 17, 2009
Creator: National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Description: This white paper describes the state of digital collections resulting from NSF funded research in biodiversity, ecology, environmental health, environmental education, and environmental resource management.
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A Balancing Act: China’s Role in Climate Change

A Balancing Act: China’s Role in Climate Change

Date: April 1, 2009
Creator: Hallding, Karl; Han, Guoyi & Olsson, Marie
Description: Climate change has reached the apex of the global agenda at a time when China faces significant development and energy security challenges. The political leadership and leading intellectuals are debating the direction of a new development pathway that provides both growth to meet development objectives, and dramatically reduces energy intensity and pollution. While the official position has not changed significantly, there are four key aspects that illustrate how climate change is conceived by the Chinese leadership. This signals that China may come to play a much more important role in global mitigation of climate change than was thought only a couple of years ago.
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Draft Report of the 30th Session of the IPCC

Draft Report of the 30th Session of the IPCC

Date: April 2009
Creator: The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP)
Description: This meeting focused on the future of the IPCC, in particular the scoping of the 5th Assessment Report. Among other isues, the Panel considered the outcome of the Scoping Meeting for a possible Special Report on "Extreme events and disasters: managing the risks", and of the Expert Meeting on "Alternative common metrics to calculate the CO2 equivalence of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases".
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The Economics of Climate Change in Southeast Asia: A Regional Review

The Economics of Climate Change in Southeast Asia: A Regional Review

Date: April 1, 2009
Creator: Asian Development Bank
Description: The study examines climate change issues in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Indonesia,Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.The study is intended to enrich the debate on the economics of climate change that includes the economic costs and benefits of unilateral and regional actions. It seeks to raise awareness among stakeholders of the urgency of the grave challenges facing the region, and to build consensus of the governments, business sectors, and civil society on the need for incorporating daptation and mitigation measures into national development planning processes.
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Global Carbon Finance: A quantitative modelling framework to explore scenarios of the Global Deal on Climate Change

Global Carbon Finance: A quantitative modelling framework to explore scenarios of the Global Deal on Climate Change

Date: April 2009
Creator: Great Britain. Office of Climate Change
Description: According to the abstract, the purpose of this paper is to provide a quantitative research methodology for analyzing the costs of dealing with climate change.
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