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American Samoa Faces Health Threats, Stronger Storms, and Challenges for Coral Reefs from Climate Change, Says New Report 8 June 2021

American Samoa Faces Health Threats, Stronger Storms, and Challenges for Coral Reefs from Climate Change, Says New Report

A new assessment led by the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) team offers insights about climate change risks in American Samoa and supports climate-wise planning

Anthropogenic Climate Change Exacerbated Impacts of Hurricane Sandy, Study Says 2 June 2021

Anthropogenic Climate Change Exacerbated Impacts of Hurricane Sandy, Study Says

A recent study co-funded by the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program found that sea level rise caused by anthropogenic climate change increased the extent and severity of damages from the 2012 hurricane.

South Central RISA Creates Texas Temperature Dashboard 25 May 2021

South Central RISA Creates Texas Temperature Dashboard

While other resources exist that present regional or national trends in temperatures, few tools provide such information on a local level. The dashboard incorporates overall temperature trends as well as trends in indicators like extreme heat and warm nights, offering insight into changes in heat that can have public health ramifications as well as economic impacts.

Study Proposes New Way to Define Drought, Capturing Natural Variations and Human Actions 18 May 2021

Study Proposes New Way to Define Drought, Capturing Natural Variations and Human Actions

While drought is commonly defined by precipitation and runoff deficits, the study challenges this understanding by proposing a new definition: anthropogenic drought. Within human‐water systems, drought must be defined and understood as the complex and interrelated dynamics of both natural and human‐induced changes, the authors say.

Greenhouse Gas and Aerosol Emissions are Lengthening and Intensifying Droughts 18 May 2021

Greenhouse Gas and Aerosol Emissions are Lengthening and Intensifying Droughts

CPO-funded study shows human-caused boost to drying in Americas, Africa, and Asia

“There has always been natural variability in drought events around the world, but our research shows the clear human influence on drying, specifically from anthropogenic aerosols, carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases,” said lead author Felicia Chiang from the University of California, Irvine. 

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