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Higher Atmospheric Thirst from Climate Change to Increase Fire Danger and Drought in California and Nevada 18 November 2020

Higher Atmospheric Thirst from Climate Change to Increase Fire Danger and Drought in California and Nevada

Since the start of the 21st century California and Nevada have suffered extreme wildland fires and droughts that have caused devastating impacts to ecosystems and society. A common feature of these events has been very high evaporative demand—the “thirst” of the atmosphere—which has largely been driven by increased air temperatures caused by anthropogenic climate change

Study Uses Novel Approach to Assess Extreme Event Impacts in Alaska 18 November 2020

Study Uses Novel Approach to Assess Extreme Event Impacts in Alaska

The study led by the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP), a CPO RISA team, reveals multiple weather-related impacts from extreme events in Alaska and suggests the frequency and timing of these extreme events will change in the decades to come.

New Report: Guam Faces More Heat, Stronger Storms, Water Shortages from Climate Change 9 November 2020

New Report: Guam Faces More Heat, Stronger Storms, Water Shortages from Climate Change

Threatened resources include high-value coastal infrastructure and the millions of dollars that ocean ecosystems add to Guam’s economy annually, according to the report.

Palau Faces Stronger Storms, Hotter Weather, and Threats to Ecosystems, Says New Pacific RISA-led Climate Change Report 27 October 2020

Palau Faces Stronger Storms, Hotter Weather, and Threats to Ecosystems, Says New Pacific RISA-led Climate Change Report

The report builds upon the Fourth National Climate Assessment, providing the Republic of Palau a closer look at the implications of climate variability and change for a wide range of sectors. 

Elevating Houses Can Protect Against Damaging Floods. But How High is High Enough? 26 October 2020

Elevating Houses Can Protect Against Damaging Floods. But How High is High Enough?

Millions of Americans have properties facing the threat of destructive floods, with a cost of up to $25,000 in damages for just one inch of floodwater. To manage that risk, people who live in areas designated as river flood zones often seek to raise their homes—but exactly how high to elevate their homes is both a critical and complicated decision.  

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