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NOAA, Chicago partner on climate plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 13 July 2021

NOAA, Chicago partner on climate plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Chicago regional plan aims for 80 percent reduction by 2050

The 2021 Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region, co-authored by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and the NOAA Climate Program Office, will serve a region which is home to nearly 9 million people in more than 280 cities, towns, and villages. It is one of the first regional climate plans in the United States.

Climate Scientists Predict Rapid Increase in High-Tide Flooding for Majority of U.S. Coastlines in the Next Decade 30 June 2021

Climate Scientists Predict Rapid Increase in High-Tide Flooding for Majority of U.S. Coastlines in the Next Decade

The combined effects of sea-level rise and natural fluctuations in tidal range are anticipated to cause tipping points in the frequency of high-tide flooding. These tipping points can produce acute impacts in underserved communities, who are often unprepared to deal with the consequences.

NOAA’s Climate Program Office awards nearly $1 million to improve climate information, services for extreme heat resilience 29 June 2021

NOAA’s Climate Program Office awards nearly $1 million to improve climate information, services for extreme heat resilience

Four new projects will build on outcomes from NOAA’s community-led urban heat mapping campaigns

The projects will support decision making in city neighborhoods grappling with inequitably distributed impacts from the deadliest weather-related risk in the United States—extreme heat. 

UN Report Warns Global Drought Exposure Will Increase 29 June 2021

UN Report Warns Global Drought Exposure Will Increase

The report states that within the next 80 years, 129 countries will experience an increase in drought exposure mainly due to climate change.

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit Rolls Out Southeast Region 24 June 2021

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit Rolls Out Southeast Region

The Southeast faces numerous climate hazards, and this targeted set of resources can help communities across the region build climate resilience.

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