- New York’s Changing Climate [4-page factsheet] – The Earth is warming and New York is too. Just as we are seeing unprecedented rates of change at the global level, we are also observing rapid change in New York, including rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns, with effects on the natural world and human health. Intense rains and floods, summer droughts, and heat waves are more common than they were in our grandparents’ time. New York’s climate will continue to change over the next 10, 20, and 100 years. This factsheet details the expected effects on ecosystems, farming, human health, and infrastructure.
- Climate Change Challenges and Opportunities in New York Municipalities [4-page factsheet] – Assessing the perceptions and actions of NY municipal officials to climate change, from the Department of Natural Resources, Human Dimensions Research Unit at Cornell University.
- Energy Choices: Planning Guide for Communities – Report from the Community and Regional Development Institute at Cornell, that can help communities make choices about energy use that affect climate change (2012).
- Estuary Watershed Resilience Project – building long-term resilience to extreme weather and climate change in the Hudson River estuary watershed, through a partnership with CCE, the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program.
- Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) – Disseminates accurate, up-to-date climate data and information.
- NY EDEN: Extension Disaster Education Network – Enhances resilience and reduces the impact of disasters in New York communities.
- NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) – Program Planning, Status and Evaluation Reports.
Reports and studies
- Community Adaptation to Flooding in a Changing Climate: Municipal Officials’ Actions, Decision-Making, and Barriers – Community and Regional Development Institute (CARDI) Research and Policy Brief (December 2013).
- Response to Climate Change in New York State (ClimAID) – NYSERDA, Report 11-18 (2012):
- Vulnerability and Adaptation (Chapter 2) – Vulnerability of eight different economic sectors to climate change, and how economic sectors may mitigate or even take advantage of climate change.
- Equity and Economics (Chapter 3) – Equity and environmental justice, as well as a cost-benefit analysis of climate change impacts and adaptations.
- Transportation (Chapter 9) – Transportation systems and climate change: Modernizing and increasing the resiliency of NYS transportation systems.
- Public Health (Chapter 11) – Public health risks due to climate change, and how the public may adapt to limit future climate change related health risks.
Find Cornell research projects related to the following subjects:
- Community response
- Adaptation Tools for Public Officials – US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Provides many resources for public officials to help their municipality adapt to climate change.
- Addressing Climate Change at the County Level [See page 29.] – Article by Allison M. Chatrchyan, Director of the Cornell Climate Smart Solutions in the Fall 2013 issue of NYSAC News from the New York State Association of Counties.
- Climate Action Planning – Assessing how each NYS economic sector may lower its greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 2010).
- Climate and Public Health – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Climate Communities – A national coalition of cities and counties that is educating federal policymakers about the essential role of local governments in addressing climate change.
- FEMA Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning - State and local governments are required to develop a hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance.
- ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability – Provides climate & energy tools, trainings, networks, and technical guidance to help cities, towns, and counties to reach their climate and energy goals.
- NYS Climate Smart Communities Program – Voluntary program from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) helps communities mitigate and adapt to climate change.
- Planning for a Sustainable Future - Guide for local governments with information and resources about developing climate change reduction strategies (US Environmental Protection Agency, 2010).
- Climate Smart & Climate Ready: Insurable Risks in a Changing Climate
- Inside Cornell: Aging in the Age of Climate Change
- Inside Cornell: Health, Climate and Mosquito-Borne Disease
- Helping Businesses Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
- Climate Smart & Climate Ready keynote address
- Climate Smart & Climate Ready opening plenary
Also at this site
- Climate Science – Basic information to help you and others better understand climate change issues.
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