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Climate Change Hits Home: Adaptation Strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area


We have known about the perils of climate change for more than two decades. But global efforts to slow it down by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions have largely failed. Even if we could stop producing greenhouse gases tomorrow, the high concentration of carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere will cause the climate to continue to change. As a result we must not only intensify our efforts to reduce climate change but start preparing for its inevitable effects.
In this report, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) addresses how we should adapt to climate change in the Bay Area, including which tools and strategies will make us resilient to its most severe impacts, including drought, higher temperatures and sea level rise. We recommend more than 30 strategies for local and regional agencies to begin minimizing the region’s vulnerabilities to these long-term but potentially catastrophic effects.

Primary Toolkit:

Climate Change Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Adaptation, Climate, Environmental Health, Vulnerable Populations


Institutional Author:

San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association





Five most recent user comments

5 Stars of 5 - Extremely Useful
By Sandy Van Sant
this is actually included in the CAKE website also. Very good example of what other cities could do regarding planning re CC in a multidisciplinary manner. You can use this and just apply your specific local issues to it.

5 Stars of 5 - Extremely Useful
Highly Recommended!
By Anonymous
Describes and promotes an “adaptive management” approach to planning and includes planning recommendations for Public Health and Safety, Transportation, Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Energy, Water Management, and Sea Level Rise.

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