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Climate change, selected governments have approached adaptation through laws and long-term plans : report to the Honorable Matthew Cartwright, House of Representatives.

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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (ii, 26 pages) : color illustrations
  • Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : United States Government Accountability Office, 2016.

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General Note:
"May 2016"--Cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.:
In 2013, GAO placed Limiting the Federal Government's Fiscal Exposure by Better Managing Climate Change Risks on its high-risk list because climate risks and weather-related disasters present a financial risk to the federal government. The 2017 President's Budget estimated that the U.S. government incurred over $357 billion in direct costs because of weather-related disasters in the last decade. The U.S. Global Change Research Program states that climate change and associated weather-related disasters may increase these costs. These impacts call attention to the federal government's role as a leader in coordinating and informing government efforts. Enhancing resilience through hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation, for example, by building flood protections, may help reduce these costs. Other governments face similar risks and have developed strategies for enhancing resilience. This report focuses on fiscal exposure to climate-related risks and describes (1) how selected governments have approached enhancing resilience to weather-related disasters through climate change adaptation and (2) steps the U.S. government has taken to enhance resilience through climate change adaptation. GAO reviewed literature and government documents; interviewed U.S. and other government officials and stakeholders; and selected a nongeneralizable sample of four countries, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the European Union for further examination, based on criteria including stakeholder recommendations.
Source of Description Note:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF cover page (GAO, viewed June 22, 2016).
Subject: Climatic changes > United States > Costs > Government policy.
Climatic changes > Mexico > Costs > Government policy.
Climatic changes > Netherlands > Costs > Government policy.
Climatic changes > Philippines > Costs > Government policy.
Climatic changes > Great Britain > Costs > Government policy.
Emergency management > United States > Planning.
Emergency management > Mexico > Planning.
Emergency management > Netherlands > Planning.
Emergency management > Philippines > Planning.
Emergency management > Great Britain > Planning.

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