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Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

Central Texas: Vulnerability of Infrastructure to Extreme Weather

Friday, February 5th, 2016
Table 1: Transportation Assets Evaluated

CAPITAL AREA METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION (CAMPO)
The specific purpose of this study was to assess the potential vulnerability of a limited selection of critical transportation assets in the CAMPO region to the effects of extreme weather and climate; to highlight lessons learned in the process, and to outline potential next steps toward enhancing the resilience of the region’s transportation infrastructure. The assets evaluated include roadways, bridges, and rail, and the climate-related stressors considered were flooding, drought, extreme heat, wildfire, and extreme cold (icing). Commensurate with the region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) – under development at the time of writing), the year 2040 was selected as the analysis horizon.

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ACEC’s ENGINEERING INC. — Turning Back the Tides: Engineers Combat Threat of Rising Sea Levels

Thursday, January 28th, 2016
Engineering Inc. - Turning Back the Tides

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES

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New York City: Jonas Blizzard 2016 Timelapse

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
New York City: Jonas Blizzard 2016 Timelapse

We set out to cover New York City’s 2nd biggest snowstorm since 1869. Central Park total snow accumulation at the end of the winter storm was 26.8 inches.

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Catastrophe Bonds for Resilient Infrastructure Projects

Thursday, December 31st, 2015
Natural catastrophe losses: Insured vs uninsured losses, 1975-2014

RE:FOCUS PARTNERS
Investing in resilience is complicated. Like healthcare, there are multiple strategies that can and should be combined to improve overall health. For example, there are things you can do regularly to ward off risks (preventative care), other options to address acute conditions (treatment or medical intervention), and finally actions you can take to ensure that illness doesn’t bankrupt you or those who depend on you (health and life insurance)…Strategies to protect communities from disasters follow a similar pattern. Projects to increase resilience—infrastructure upgrades or new protections—are designed to reduce the physical risks of damages. Once prevention is no longer an option, disaster response and recovery measures, including disaster aid and reconstruction funds, are designed to help the system recover and rebound back to health more quickly.

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2045: State of Hawaii Energy Resources

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
Hawaii - Clean Energy Projects

HAWAII STATE ENERGY OFFICE
The past year marks a turning point in the history of energy in Hawaii. Since the establishment of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative in 2008, the state has been moving from fossil fuels to clean energy sources. Building on tremendous progress in recent years, in 2015 the state accelerated its commitment to an unprecedented level: 100 percent renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2045. This report details Hawaii’s efforts to increase energy efficiency, renewable energy, and the regulatory, technical and practical efforts required to make this world’s-first ambition possible.

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Washington, DC: Putting Power Lines Underground

Monday, December 21st, 2015
Washington, DC: Putting Power Lines Underground

The DC Power Line Undergrounding (DC PLUG) project represents a public-private partnership between the District government and Pepco that will result in the strategic undergrounding of overhead feeders in Wards 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8…Through this initiative, the high-voltage feeders most affected by outages will be installed underground. Approximately half of the District is already served by undergound lines. Secondary and service lines will remain overhead on the existing poles.

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Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Value chain of production and consumption of fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal)

THE NEW CLIMATE ECONOMY
Despite this mounting evidence of the costs of fossil fuel subsidies, and the potential virtuous cycles that could result from their removal, governments are often reticent to undertake reform. Researchers have identified several specific reasons for the persistence of subsidies. Some of these are explicit, such as a lack of information, while others are implicit, driven by special interests.

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Preparing For Climate Change in Eastern Long Island, NY

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Preparing For Climate Change in Eastern Long Island, NY

The Peconic Estuary Program is using EPA’s publication, “Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans” to create a risk-based climate change vulnerability assessment. This video describes some climate change impacts that are already affecting eastern Long Island. Local people explain why they are conducting the assessment and describe some of the ways they are starting to respond to climate change risks.

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A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario

Monday, November 16th, 2015
Bike Share Users on São Paulo’s New Bicycle Infrastructure. With these policies, governments will be able to quickly increase the amount of cycling, walking, and public transport use and achieve the benefits of an HSC scenario.

INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORTATION & DEVELOPMENT POLICY
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
Cycling plays a major role in personal mobility around the world, but it could play a much bigger role. Given the convenience, health benefits, and affordability of bicycles, they could provide a far greater proportion of urban passenger transportation, helping reduce energy use and CO2 emissions worldwide. This report presents a new look at the future of cycling for urban transportation (rather than recreation), and the potential contribution it could make to mobility as well as sustainability.

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Market Impacts of the Clean Power Plan

Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Clean Power Plan Emissions Rate Goals: Projection of needed progress from 2020‐2030 (Source: EPA and SNL data)

BLACK & VEATCH Introduction On August 3, 2015, President Obama announced the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil fuel electric generating units (EGUs). The final rule establishes CO2 emission performance rates based upon the EPA’s determination of the best system of emission […]

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