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SPUR releases major report on climate adaptation: Climate Change Hits Home

SPUR releases major report on climate adaptation: Climate Change Hits Home

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On May 4 SPUR released a major report, " Climate Change Hits Home," that lays out what the Bay Area must do to start preparing for the coming effects of climate change. Coverage of the report appeared on KQED radio, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Bay Citizen, the San Francisco Examiner, KGO and KRON TV. This report represents a turning point for SPUR: we have long worked to stop climate change, but now we are also addressing the reality that some climate change is inevitable, despite our best efforts. By 2050, we'll have nearly eight times as many dangerously hot days as we did in the 20th century. Sea levels are expected to rise 55 inches by 2100. And we need to start readying our railroads, highways, water supply, public health infrastructure and energy grid for the changes to come. This is the first report to map out the specific actions that Bay Area governments need to take to protect our lifelines.
On May 4 SPUR released a major report, " Climate Change Hits Home," that lays out what the Bay Area must do to start preparing for the coming effects of climate change. Coverage of the report appeared on KQED radio, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Bay Citizen, the San Francisco Examiner, KGO and KRON TV. This report represents a turning point for SPUR: we have long worked to stop climate change, but now we are also addressing the reality that some climate change is inevitable, despite our best efforts. By 2050, we'll have nearly eight times as many dangerously hot days as we did in the 20th century. Sea levels are expected to rise 55 inches by 2100. And we need to start readying our railroads, highways, water supply, public health infrastructure and energy grid for the changes to come. This is the first report to map out the specific actions that Bay Area governments need to take to protect our lifelines.

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RepoRt
05/2011
Climate changehits home
Adaptation strategies or the San Francisco Bay Area
 
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SPUR Report > May 2011
Adapting to climate change in the Bay Area
 
Athugh we ust d everthig i ur pwer tsw dw ciate chage, it is t ate t prevet itetire. A eves  gveret, ad especia cagverets, ust begi preparig r ad buidigresiiece t the eects  ciate chage, a area paig kw as ciate chage adaptati.I this SPUR reprt, we surve the ike ipacts ciate chage i the Sa Fracisc Ba Area, icudigextree weather, sea eve rise ad re.We reced re tha 30 strategies r ca adregia agecies t begi iiizig the regi’svuerabiities t these g-ter but ptetiacatastrphic eects.
This report was made possible by the generous support o theSan Francisco Foundation, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund,and a Community Action Grant rom the Urban Land Institute.
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Introduction
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Principles o climate adaptation
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Climate change impacts in the Bay Area
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Vulnerable areas and adaptation strategies
11Pubic saet ad heathHeatAir quaitHigh vuerabe ppuatisSPUR’s recedatis14TrasprtatiGrud trasprtatiAirprtsPrtsSPUR’s recedatis16Ecsstes ad bidiversitTerrestria ad watershed ecsstesEstuarie ecsstesSPUR’s recedatis20EergEectric-grid reiabiitIcreases i eerg deadHdreectricitSea eve rise ad eerg irastructureSPUR’s Recedatis22Water aageetSPUR’s recedatis25Sea eve riseDesig strategies r sea eve riseFiacig ad gveraceSPUR’s recedatis29
 
Conclusion
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Plan o action: SPUR’s recommendations
 
 SPUR Report > May 2011
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We have kw abut the peris  ciate chage r re tha tw decades. But gbaerts t sw it dw b reducig greehuse-gas eissis have arge aied. Evewhere ajr erts are vig rward, such as Cairia’s Asseb Bi 32, paedreductis wi t eve begi r 10 ears, ad the  represet a racti  wrdeissis. I the eatie, the ccetrati  atspheric greehuse gases hasctiued t rise at a icreasig rate.Eve i we are sehw abe t stp prducig greehuse gases trrw, the highccetrati  carb dixide aread i the atsphere r histric eissis—sicewe bega burig ssi ues r eerg i the 19th cetur—wi cause the ciate tctiue t chage (Figure 1). As a resut we ust t  itesi ur erts t reduceciate chage bth w ad i the uture, but we as ust prepare r ad adapt t itsievitabe eects. These tw paig erts are reerred t, respective, as ciate chageitigati ad ciate chage adaptati.I SPUR’s 2009 reprt Critica Cig, we expred the chaege  itigati at the caeve, recedig a set  carb-reducti strategies r the Cit  Sa Fracisc,raked i pririt b greatest ipact ad east cst.
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 I this reprt, SPUR addresses hw we shud adapt t ciate chage i the Ba Area,icudig which ts ad strategies wi ake us re resiiet t its st severe ipacts,icudig extree weather ad sea eve rise.
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This report was reviewed,debated and adopted as ocialSPUR policy by the Board o Directors on February 16, 2011.
spur.org/adaptationSPUR sta:
Laura Tam
SPUR interns:
 
Timothea Tway,Elizabeth Antin
SPUR blue ribbon task orce:
Andy Barnes, David Behar, BradBenson, Claire Bonham-Carter,Xantha Bruso, Peter Drekmeier,Ted Droettboom, Steve Goldbeck,Noah Goldstein, Amy Hutzel,Michelle Jesperson, LaurieJohnson, Doug Kimsey, KenKirkey, David Lewis, JacintaMcCann, Paul Okamoto, EmilyPimentel, Julian Potter, BruceRiordan, Rebecca Rosen,Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Bry Sarte,Will Travis, Margaret Williams,Abby Young
SPUR
654 Mission StreetSan Francisco, CA 94105tel. 415.781.8726ino@spur.org
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