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Adaptation Clearinghouse- Georgetown Climate Center

The Georgetown Climate Center has released this comprehensive website, along with a sea-level rise toolkit, to help US states and localities identify information about state and local policies that can be passed or updated to target climate change impacts specifically.  The website identifies a variety of tools based on sector or policy area, and provides an interactive map to help users locate adaptation resources by location.

Climate change causing movement of tree species across the West

(November 3, 2011)

Oregon State University

The forests of the west are rapidly changing, with a huge migration of species due to a warming climate, insect outbreaks, disease, and fire, a new study finds.  Many species that have been able to survive and thrive in regions for centuries will die out, with new species and landscapes taking over.  The study also finds that these changes are already happening rapidly and on a large scale in some places.

Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases

(November 3, 2011)

Associated Press

The 2010 global output of CO2 jumped by the largest amount on record, exceeding levels established for the worst-case scenario outlined by climate experts 4 years ago, and exemplifying “how feeble the world’s efforts are at slowing man-made global warming.”  More than half of the increase comes from extra pollution from the US and China.

In Iowa, some farmers see changing climate

(November 2, 2011)

Harvest Public Media

“Nearly two-thirds of Iowa farmers believe climate change is real and more than 60 percent say farmers should take additional steps to protect their land from increased rainfall. This data come from this year’s Iowa State University Extension Farm and Rural Life poll, which for the first time the survey included questions about attitudes toward climate change.”

Study: Biomass tax credit led to $12M in economic activity

(November 1, 2011)

Sustainable Business Oregon

A new study shows that Oregon’s 2007 Biomass Producer or Collector Credit “helped wood fuel prices stay competitive, support jobs and create economic activity, perhaps as much as $12 million,” based on the $5.5 million awarded in 2010.

New Poll: 9 out of 10 Americans Support Solar, Across Political Spectrum

(November 1, 2011)

Solar Energy Industries Association

A new survey finds continued widespread public support for the development of solar energy and federal incentives for solar, across the political spectrum:

“For the fourth consecutive year, the survey found that about nine out of 10 Americans (89 percent) think it is important for the United States to develop and use solar energy. Support for solar is strong across the political spectrum with 80 percent of Republicans, 90 percent of Independents and 94 percent of Democrats agreeing that it is important for the United States to develop and use solar.

Eastern U.S. Forests Not Keeping Pace With Climate Change, Large Study Finds

(October 31, 2011)

Science Daily

“More than half of Eastern U.S. tree species are not adapting to climate change as quickly or consistently as predicted, posing risks for their survival”, according to a new Duke University-led study.  Previous models have predicted that species would move upward in latitude or elevation to cope with warming temperatures, but the analysis, based on data on 92 species in more than 43,000 forest plots in 31 states, finds essentially no evidence that this migration is actually happening in the Eastern US.

Wyoming CO2 storage project may get put on hold

(October 28, 2011)

Casper Star-Tribune

“Work on a much-touted experimental underground carbon dioxide storage facility could come to a halt, partly because the CO2 needed to test the project is in such high demand by Wyoming oil producers that it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Bananas grown with coffee to combat climate change

(October 27, 2011)

AFP

In Africa’s most densely-populated Great Lakes Region, some farmers have begun a practice known as “inter-cropping” to deal with the effects of warmer temperatures on cash crops.

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People Restoring America’s Forests:  A Report on the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program

(November, 2011)

A bipartisan federal program that seeks specifically to create job stability, achieve a reliable wood supply, restore forest health, and reduce the costs of fire suppression in overgrown forests has released its first annual report.
The 10 projects funded in 9 states in the first year have cumulatively:
•     Created and maintained 1,550 jobs
•     Produced 107 million board feet of timber
•     Generated nearly $59 million of labor income
•     Removed fuel for destructive mega-fires on 90,000 acres near communities
•     Reduced mega-fire on an additional 64,000 acres
•     Improved 66,000 acres of wildlife habitat
•     Restored 28 miles of fish habitat
•     Enhanced clean water supplies by remediating 163 miles of eroding roads
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