ADAPTATION RESOURCES

A collection of reports and communication guides on public attitudes toward climate adaptation and how organizations can engage communities in the preparation process to increase resilience to climate impacts.

 

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American’s level of worry about climate change has increased by 10% in the past year. This survey looks at participants’ growing concern on climate change as a serious risk.

 

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Climate change is proven to cause oceans to warm and expand, triggering a large increase of water from melting glaciers. This review explores media analyses and audience research to find the remaining gaps to understanding sea–level-rise. 

 

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This article reviews Climate Signals' national media briefing on how climate change has increased the risk for aging infrastructure in relation to the Oroville Dam spillway in February 2017. 

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Climate change is affecting cultural resources in many ways, this report looks at the National Park Service's efforts to conserve these resources so that they may be enjoyed by future generations. 

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This report provides an analysis of sustainable lifestyle initiatives and engagement strategies to make tangible change in the way people live their daily lives.      

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE A LOOK

Fostering and Communicating Sustainable Lifestyles and the UN Environment, aim to increase stakeholders’ understanding of sustainable lifestyles and accelerate the widespread adoption through effective communication. The report outlines key strategies, engagement initiatives and guidance to consider when developing a sustainable lifestyle.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Definition of a sustainable lifestyle:

A “sustainable lifestyle” is a cluster of habits and patterns of behavior embedded 
in a society and facilitated by institutions, norms and infrastructures that frame individual choice, in order to minimize the use of natural resources and generation of wastes, while supporting fairness and prosperity for all. (Akenji et al.) Paraphrased from: Akenji, L, H. Chen et al. (2016). A framework for shaping sustainable lifestyles: Determinants and Strategies. United Nations Environment Programme. 

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New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance and decision makers join together to communicate the need for more science-informed guidance to enhance the resilience of their coastal communities.  

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Abt Associates conducted a two-year research project with contributions from a committee of climate adaptation professionals and funding from the Kresge Foundation to help solve complex challenges associated with climate change in 17 communities.  

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Climate change impacts will continue to manifest for a long time to come. This guide looks at how the Obama Administration has worked to build a resilience agenda, aimed at creating opportunities that will encourage sustainable action.

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Baltimore community residents have identified climate change as a significant problem over the next several years. This study outlines climate adaption initiatives to help plan for the future. 

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This article discusses how freshwater organizations and agencies learn to build natural capital in the form of river restoration, wetlands, and green infrastructure in communities affected by climate change.

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The global economy has depended on carbon based energy sectors. In recent years the push to decrease carbon emissions has increased the demand for electric power resulting in significantly decreasing carbon emissions. This guide outlines California’s leading innovations and policies to reduce greenhouse gases.

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Climate Access, in partnership with the County of Marin, San Francisco-based Owlized and Dr. Susanne Moser used a unique visualization technology enabling community members to be part of decision making processes to help Marin County prepare for climate impacts and build stronger, more resilient communities.

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This guide explains how the United States needs to consider the inevitability of extreme weather as it relates to climate change. States at Risk released a report card using a national analysis of state level preparedness for weather–related threats facing Americans.

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Climate Change has and will continue to effect productivity, health, and safety in the work place. This guide looks at reports by educational experts on excessive heat exposure in industries such as factory work, agriculture, or farming.

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Got Green is an environmental justice organization in South Seattle led by people of color, working to bring a green economy to their city. Committee leaders and climate advocacy groups are increasing their presence in communities of various socioeconomic backgrounds to develop and grow grassroots campaigns by addressing issues surrounding climate change.

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Gustavo Petro, Mayor of Bogota passed a controversial master plan to address climate change that the city had originally refused.

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Greenhouse gas emissions are quickly affecting our communities by reshaping the way city planners create policy in response to climate change. This ebook explores how cities and low-income communities can become more climate resilient.

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Researchers at George Washington University conducted an analytical study on the concerns about climate change, advanced city planning and adaptation strategies in various cities across the United States. 

 

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Recommendations for improving Environmental Impact Statements to better include climate change and climate adaptation through the US National Environmental Policy Act.

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A report that looks at bushfires in Australia and how to better incorporate climate adaptation with responses to extreme weather disasters to build community resiliency. 

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A study from Stanford University that explores how word choice affects public opinion toward climate preparation, including whether attitudes varied depending on who endorses preparation efforts, the stated purpose, the specific global warming consequences targeted in the message, and the words used to describe the notion of preparation.

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As the first in a three-part webcast series on climate change adaptation for state and local governments, the webinar addressed the challenge of achieving community buy-in for adaptation projects and integrating resilience considerations into mainstream decision making, including a presentation on adaptation communications from Climate Access director, Cara Pike. Presentations and recordings are available below (via the US EPA).

 

Presentations

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The Climate, Cities and Behavior Symposium (March 13-15, 2013) brought together sustainability managers, municipal leaders, urban planners and nonprofit professionals to explore the human dimensions of resilient and sustainable cities. Watch videos of the presentations below (via the Garrison Institute).

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A synopsis from EcoAdapt of the state of adaptation in the United States that highlights the range of activities that are currently underway, as well as opportunities for growth.

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A new handbook from The Resource Innovation Group guides practitioners through the process of building social resilience and enabling communities to prepare for and withstand climate impacts.

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A report that highlights insights and data on vulnerability and adaptation to climate impacts in California based on detailed climate change projections.

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A report on Americans’ awareness and attitudes on the impacts of climate change and how to take action to prepare.

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A guide that’s designed to identify the tools that local government elected officials and staff can use to plan and implement climate change adaptation strategies to make communities more resilient to climate impacts.

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This article reviews existing and planned climate adaptation responses by the government, nonprofit and private sectors throughout the United States, noting a lack of implementation and evaluation.

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Ben Chou2012NRDC

A state-by-state assessment of preparedness plans that specifically considers strategies to address potential water-related climate change impacts, including efforts to enhance communication and collaboration.

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A report on strategies to manage climate impacts, which also explores "people-centered" risk communication to improve vulnerability, raise awareness, and motivate constructive behaviors and policy choices.

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WEBINAR: Oct 23, 2014

Americans largely accept that climate disruption is happening, yet for many, the actual threat still feels distant and removed from their daily lives. With extreme weather events increasing in frequency and severity, there is a growing need to convey the risks and prepare our communities to withstand climate impacts. However, media coverage often fails to connect the dots between extreme weather and climate disruption, which limits the public’s understanding of potential solutions. 

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An editorial on how the international climate-risk conversation has shifted from vulnerability to adaptation and the implications and potential pitfalls of an adaptation frame.

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NYDECNOAAFWS2012

A draft report and fact sheet from state and federal agencies and inter-tribal commissions on the necessary strategies to reduce climate impacts on species, ecosystems, communities and economies. 

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Climate change is at the center of USAID's development strategy, which aims to invest in clean energy and adaptation, increase resilience, and promote improved climate communication and education.

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A national survey of Americans on whether receiving information about adaptation affects how one perceives the urgency of mitigation measures.

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A report outlining the most common theoretical frames for climate change adaptation, focusing on policy development in Australia and eslewhere, and the different types of assessment they generate.

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The report includes a discussion of adaptation planning barriers and opportunities related to communication and education challenges.

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