Pacific RISA hosts His Excellency Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati 30 May 2019

Pacific RISA hosts His Excellency Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati

Pacific RISA fostered an inspiring conversation between His Excellency and representatives from Hawai’i state and local government, international consulates, NGOs, and academia.

Study shows U.S. Methane Emissions Flat since 2006 Despite Increased Natural Gas Production 16 May 2019

Study shows U.S. Methane Emissions Flat since 2006 Despite Increased Natural Gas Production

A new study from ESRL/GMD (partly supported by CPO's AC4 Program) shows that contrary to recent findings, methane emissions in the United States have not increased significantly in the past decade.

Viewpoint article encourages considerations of climate justice for coastal zone management 16 May 2019

Viewpoint article encourages considerations of climate justice for coastal zone management

Risa grantees recently published an opinion paper in Climate and Development. The article describes how rural, minority, and impoverished coastal communities who rely heavily on ecosystem services for protection, disproportionately face the burden of sea level rise.

New Heat Maps Help Cities Prepare for Longer, More Intense Heat Waves 25 April 2019

New Heat Maps Help Cities Prepare for Longer, More Intense Heat Waves

By combining satellite and ground-based measurements, scientists have created new maps that identify which neighborhoods experience the most extreme heat on the hottest days of summer.

In the summers of 2017 and 2018, citizen scientists in Richmond, VA, the District of Columbia, and Baltimore, MD, gathered temperature data all over their cities on days when temperatures reached at least 95°F. The results, as outlined in a NOAA article from 2018, show that air temperatures in some areas of the city can be up to 17°F hotter than other areas during the same time of day. On days when local temperatures climb above 95°F, the additional heat emitted by paved and concrete structures can produce dangerously hot temperatures in some neighborhoods. 

Carolinas RISA hosts Climate Resilience Conference Oct 29-31 3 October 2018

Carolinas RISA hosts Climate Resilience Conference Oct 29-31

The conference supports on-the-ground resilience efforts, contributes to the development of a climate information network for the Carolinas, and provides a venue for practitioners, resource managers, and researchers to share and collaborate. 

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