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What Actions Can Obama—And Congress— Take on Climate Change During the Next Four Years?
December 4, 2012

Sea-Level Rise and Property Rights
December 2, 2012
Peter Byrne, faculty director of the Georgetown Climate Center, dives into some of the land use, takings, and regulatory challenges facing local governments in the wake of rising sea levels in a new law review...

Vicki Arroyo's Pop Tech Talk: Lessons Learned from Extreme Storms
October 31, 2012
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, attention is rightly focused on helping the families affected by the storm and repairing the damage it caused.  The storm is one of the largest and most damaging to ever hit the...

Georgetown Climate Center Releases New Tool Kit to Help Local Governments Adapt to Record Heat
August 17, 2012
On the heels of the hottest month in U.S. history, the Georgetown Climate Center has released a new tool to help cities and counties better prepare for the public health and infrastructure challenges caused by rising...

How the New Flood Insurance Reauthorization and Reform Law Could Impact Adaptation Planning
August 4, 2012
Updated: August 14, 2012 The Georgetown Climate Center's Jessica Grannis today released a summary and analysis of Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which includes several reforms that could assist...

Innovative Approaches to Adapting to Water Variability in the West
May 1, 2012
This brief reviews three approaches that communities are pursuing to adapt to climate change: 1) New Mexico's Active Water Resource Management program, which put rules into place that allow for temporary water use...

Hawaii Puts Climate Center's Sea-Level Rise Toolkit to Good Use
February 23, 2012
In January, Hawaii State Representative Cynthia Thielen introduced a bill to the state legislature proposing that state and county planning and permitting departments begin preparing for a 1-foot-by-2050 sea-level...

Two New Adaptation Reports Released
November 8, 2011
The Georgetown Climate Center recently released two new reports to help communities adapt to climate change. "Adaptation Tool Kit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use" explores 18 different land use...