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Climate Change Brings Challenges for the CNMI: Stronger Storms, Coral Loss, and Health Risks 26 January 2021

Climate Change Brings Challenges for the CNMI: Stronger Storms, Coral Loss, and Health Risks

According to a new climate change assessment report for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, led by members of CPO's Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment team (Pacific RISA) and co-supported by CPO's Assessments Program, threatened resources include high-value coastal infrastructure and the millions of dollars that ocean ecosystems add to the CNMI economy annually.

California-Nevada RISA Develops Nevada Climate Assessment 26 January 2021

California-Nevada RISA Develops Nevada Climate Assessment

The first formal state climate assessment for Nevada, it covers heat, drought, snow loss, flood and wildfire risk changes associated with impacts to public health, water resources, habitats, recreation and hospitality, and agriculture and ranching.

Improving Representation of Drought Over Agricultural Areas 26 January 2021

Improving Representation of Drought Over Agricultural Areas

Results show that incorporating observations improves the simulation of the drought category, detection of drought conditions, and reduces instances of drought false alarms.
Drought Task Force Provides Rapid Response to Worst U.S. Drought Since 2013 26 January 2021

Drought Task Force Provides Rapid Response to Worst U.S. Drought Since 2013

The Drought Task Force’s rapid response will help us understand the ongoing drought’s causes, how our science is helping us understand the drought, to what extent climate change is playing a role, and how the event may evolve.

Study Finds Increasing Widespread Western U.S. Fire Danger and Fire Suppression Resource Strain 21 January 2021

Study Finds Increasing Widespread Western U.S. Fire Danger and Fire Suppression Resource Strain

Widespread fire danger and fire activity during active fire seasons can overwhelm fire suppression resource capacity, limiting the effectiveness of managing fires and potentially increasing fire impacts.

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