Foreign publications - 2010
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Foreign publications - 2010


Guiding principles for adaptation to climate change in Europe
Published by The European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change (ETC/ACC) for The European Environment Agency (EEA).
This paper provides a starting point for identifying success factors and case studies on how good adaptation could work in practice at various governance levels and in different sectors. It presents a set of guiding principles for good adaptation in Europe and therein identifies specific elements that support its successful implementation. Furthermore, it illustrates a few practical examples that are meant to highlight how certain aspects presented in the guiding principles can be put into practice. The guiding principles build on a comprehensive literature review, a comparison of national adaptation strategies, expert judgements and good practice examples.

How well prepared is the UK for climate change?
The Adaptation Sub-Committee have pepared this report, which provides the first national assessment of how well prepared the UK is to cope with the impacts of climate change through adopting measures to adapt to climate change. The report deals with these four main questions; 1. What steps should the UK be taking to adapt? 2. What progress has been made so far? 3. What further action is required? 4. What will the ASC do to help?

OECD report: Incorporating Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Environmental Impact Assessments, Opportunities and Challenges
The report reviews national and sub-national methodologies for employing EIA procedures to ensure resilience of projects to the impacts of climate change in developping and developped countries

Adapting to Climate Change: Analysing the Role of Government
Defra Evidence and Analysis Series, Paper 1, 2010
Fererica Cimato and Michael Mullan

This paper contributes to the existing literature by describing the economic theory underpinning adaptation and considering the role of Government in supporting adaptation within that economic framework. The framework has been applied to four areas (insurance, built private assets, public infrastructure and the natural environment) to identify existing market and regulatory failures preventing autonomous actions from being undertaken at the appropriate level. Based on this analysis, the paper proposes some implications for policy design.

Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership (Pdf)
The Report Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, Joel B. Smith et al., Pew Center on Global Climate Change, March 2010

This report presents analysis and recommendations for creating a National Adaptation Program in the U.S. federal government, including a suggested organizational structure and key federal roles. The recommended program has three major components: an Adaptation Strategic Planning Initiative, a National Climate Service, and an Adaptation Research Program.

Protecting health in an environment challenged by climate change: European Regional Framework for Action (Pdf)
Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health "Protecting children's health in a changing environment", Parma, Italy, 10-12 March 2010.

This document is drafted by a working group of the WHO framework and provides a comprehensive roadmap laying out steps and priorities for coordinated international and national action. This document provides a basis for future international work related to protection of health in relation to climate change.

Climate change and communicable diseases in the EU Member States - Handbook for national vulnerability,
impact and adaptation assessments

ECDC TECHNICAL DOCUMENT, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
March 2010

This handbook is intended to be a resource to encourage planning activities that anticipate and address the possible impact of climate change on communicable disease spread. Informed by current climate change science, particularly as it relates to communicable disease spread, this handbook suggests various processes and important points for consideration when conducting vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation strategies for climate change.

Incorporating Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Environmental Impact Assessments - Opportunities and Challenges (Pdf)
The paper provides an overview of the key steps in an EIA process and identifies potential entry points for incorporating information on climate change impacts and adaptation. This analysis shows that there is ample scope for employing EIA procedures as a vehicle for enhancing the resilience of projects to the impacts of climate change.