External Documents

Potential Impacts of Climate Change in the United States

This short report presents an overview of the current understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on the United States and the implications of uncertainty on the policy process.

Power and Water at Risk

Across the United States, our demand for electricity is colliding with our need for healthy and abundant freshwater. Our electricity system's dependence on water runs deep: waters role in hydro-power, and the risks to hydroelectric generation when water is unavailable, are clear, but large steam-generating power plants (particularly the fossil-fuel- and nuclear-powered plants that produce the lions share of our electricity) also rely often very heavily on water for cooling purposes. Water resources, however, are under increasing pressure and, in some instances, have been unable to meet power plant cooling needs. As our demand for electricity continues to rise, the water dependence of many power plants puts the electricity sector, water resources, and other water users at growing risk.

Public Health and Climate Change

A Guide for Increasing the Capacity of Local Health Departments - This document provides an overview of climate change and potential public health impacts as well as step-by-step instructions on how public health agencies can prepare for climate change.

Southern Forest Futures Project Technical Report

This report summarizes the findings of the Southern Forest Futures Project, an effort to anticipate the future and to analyze what the interaction of future changes might mean for the forests of the South and the services they provide in the region's 13 States.

Sustainability Goals and Guiding Principles

This excellent resource from ICLEI provides 81 goals and 10 guiding principles that together define community-scale sustainability. These goals and principles form the foundation of a new community index known as "STAR", which is a national framework and performance-management system that will allow governments to measure and rate their sustainability performance.

Understanding and Responding to Climate Change

This National Academies report is an excellent primer on climate science, how the science is done, climate change impacts, and how science informs decision-making.

When It Rains, It Pours: Global Warming and the Rising Frequency of Extreme Precipitation in the United States

When It Rains, It Pours is a report analyzing 60 years worth of precipitation data authors Madsen and Figdor have gathered. Their studies measured precipitation frequency and intensity in 48 states in order to draw conclusions about how global warming affects precipitation trends.