U.S. and Canada

Quantifying Vulnerability to Climate Change: Implications for Adaptation Assistance

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The effects of climate change have been and will be worse in poor countries and small-island states, those least able to adapt to the climate-related disasters.

Resource Author: 
David Wheeler
Publication Date: 
Jan 1 2011

New Jobs-Cleaner Air: Employment Effects under Planned Changes to EPA’s Air Pollution Rules

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This study demonstrates how new air pollution rules proposed for the electric power sector by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide long-term economic benefits across much of the United States in the form of highly skilled, well paying jobs through infrastructure investment in the nation's generation fleet. Significantly, many of these jobs will be created over the next five years as the United States recovers from its severe economic downturn.

Resource Author: 
Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), CERES
Publication Date: 
Feb 1 2011

Heat waves, floods, and health impacts of climate change: training manual for city health officials

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Source URL: 
http://web.wkc.who.int/projects/uhe/heatw/

This training manual is designed to accompany a workshop for city health officials on the health impacts of climate change. It is based on the book: Climate Change and Human Health: Risks and Responses (Editors: McMichael, Campbell-Lendrum, Corvalan, Ebi, Githeko,Scheraga, Woodward WHO/WMO/UNEP 2003). Manual includes 11 sessions and accompanying worksheets. The goal of this training program is to help city health practioners develop action plans at the city level to address climate change.

Resource Author: 
World Health Organization (WHO)
Publication Date: 
Jan 1 2010

Federal Agency Climate Change Adaptation Planning

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Implementing Instructions for Agency Climate Change Adaptation Planning

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are working in partnership to further Federal sustainability targets and other management goals.  This includes ensuring that Federal agencies are planning so they can address the impacts of climate change on their operations and assets.

Resource Author: 
Council on Environmental Quality
Publication Date: 
Mar 4 2011

Assessing net ecosystem carbon exchange of U.S. terrestrial ecosystems by integrating eddy covariance flux measurements and satellite observations

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Source URL: 
doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2010.09.002

Non-technical summary here.

Abstract

Resource Author: 
Jingfeng Xiao, Qianlai Zhuang, Beverly E. Law et al
Publication Date: 
Jan 15 2011

Chronic Fine Particulate Matter Exposure Induces Systemic Vascular Dysfunction via NADPH Oxidase and TLR4 Pathways

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Source URL: 
10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.110.237560

Non-technical summary here.

 

Rationale:Chronic exposure to ambient air-borne particulate matter of <2.5 µm (PM2.5) increases cardiovascular risk. The mechanisms by which inhaled ambient particles are sensed and how these effects are systemically transduced remain elusive.

Resource Author: 
Thomas Kampfrath, Andrei Maiseyeu, Zhekang Ying et al
Publication Date: 
Jan 27 2011

Particle Traps Prevent Adverse Vascular and Prothrombotic Effects of Diesel Engine Exhaust Inhalation in Men

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Source URL: 
10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.110.987263

Non-technical summary available here.

Background— In controlled human exposure studies, diesel engine exhaust inhalation impairs vascular function and enhances thrombus formation. The aim of the present study was to establish whether an exhaust particle trap could prevent these adverse cardiovascular effects in men.

Resource Author: 
Andrew J. Lucking, Magnus Lundbäck, Stefan L. Barath et al
Publication Date: 
Apr 11 2011

Climate Conflict - How global warming threatens security and what to do about it

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Climate change has been a key factor in the rise and fall of societies and states from prehistory to the recent fighting in the Sudanese state of Darfur. It drives instability, conflict and collapse, but also expansion and reorganisation. The ways cultures have met the climate challenge provide object lessons for how the modern world can handle the new security threats posed by unprecedented global warming.

Resource Author: 
Jeffrey Mazo
Publication Date: 
Mar 1 2010
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