Programs and Resources
The Coastal Conservancy’s climate change work is part of the State of California’s greater efforts to mitigate the causes and prepare for the effects of a changing climate. These efforts—based on many years of scientific, engineering, and economic research—led to the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy, which was updated in the 2014 report, Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk. In October 2015, the State released for public review a draft report, Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans; a final release of this report is scheduled for December 2015. More information on California’s efforts to address climate change can be found on the California Natural Resources Agency’s website, Safeguarding California.
Climate Change Resources
Below are lists of California-specific and nationwide sources of information that might be of use to anyone interested in climate change science, policy, and news. These are not meant to be exhaustive lists but rather a selection of current resources that Conservancy staff has found to be especially helpful.
Specific to California
- Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk. An update to the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy – California Natural Resources Agency, July 2014
- Governing California through Climate Change – Little Hoover Commission, July 2014
- Sea Level Rise: a Slow Moving Emergency – California State Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise, August 2014
- Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance: Interpretive Guidelines for Addressing Sea Level Rise in Local Coastal Programs and Coastal Development Permits – California Coastal Commission, 2015
- State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance – Ocean Protection Council, 2013
- California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA-LCC) – a management-science partnership
- Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Science Update – San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun bays, 2015
- What We Know: The Reality, Risks, and Response to Climate Change – American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2014
- Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present, and Future – National Research Council, 2012
- Laying the Foundation: How Existing Conservation Areas Have Helped Prepare California for Climate Change –The Nature Conservancy, July 2013
- Cal-Adapt – A web-based climate adaptation planning tool
- California Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) –This website is full of case studies, libraries, and access to tools.
- California Adaptation Forum – Local Government Commission and State of California, August 2014
- Third National Climate Assessment. – U.S. Global Change Research Program, 2014
- The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change – Executive Office of the President of the United States, July 2014
- Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability – IPCC Working Group II Contribution to AR5, March 2014
- Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change – IPCC Working Group III Contribution to AR5, April 2014
- Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice – National Wildlife Federation, 2014
- Considering Multiple Futures: Scenario Planning to Address Uncertainty in Natural Resource Conservation – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 2014
- Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States – Michael R. Bloomberg, Henry M. Paulson Jr., and Thomas F. Steyer, June 2014
- Preparing for Climate Impacts: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines – Georgetown Climate Center, July 2014
- 20 Good Ideas for Promoting Resilience – Georgetown Climate Center, July 2014
- Sea Level Rise Adaptation in the Public Sector: Challenges, Solutions, and Opportunities – Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), September 2014
- Eco-Adapt – Offers support, training, and assistance to make planning and management less vulnerable.
- Georgetown Climate Center – a resource for state and federal climate change policy
- National Adaptation Forum – Held every other year, most recently in St. Louis in 2015.
- NOAA Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines – 2015
- Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments – Public Health Institute and American Public Health Association, 2013
Climate Change News
- Coastal Conservancy Awards Over $10 Million for Coastal Protection, Restoration and AccessBoard approves funding to support coastal projects and programming Arcata, CA – Today, the Board of the California State Coastal Conservancy awarded $10.8 million to 17 projects to protect and restore the California coast and San Francisco Bay, and increase public access to these natural resources. The projects funded include $1,500,000 to Monterey […] (Read more on Coastal Conservancy Awards...)
- Climate Ready ProjectsClimate Ready Grants Round 5, Awarded December 2018 Climate Ready Round 5 is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Capand-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website […] (Read more on Climate Ready Projects...)
- Press Release: New Legislation Gives Coastal Conservancy New Tools to Prepare California for Climate ChangeGovernor signs bills to establish Climate Ready grant program in statute and prioritize natural infrastructure to prepare the coast for climate change Oakland, CA – Today, the California State Coastal Conservancy welcomed Governor Newsom’s signatures on AB 65 (Petrie-Norris) and SB 576 (Umberg), two pieces of legislation that will give the State of California new […] (Read more on Press Release: New...)