Climate Risk Areas Initiative News

Will COVID-19 lockdown slow the increasing trend of atmospheric CO2 concentration? 25 January 2022

Will COVID-19 lockdown slow the increasing trend of atmospheric CO2 concentration?

The pandemic has presented a unique opportunity to study the atmosphere’s response to widespread and sudden emission reductions.
Do Tropical Storms Impact Drought in The US? 25 January 2022

Do Tropical Storms Impact Drought in The US?

Researchers are studying whether tropical storms can help mitigate drought conditions in affected regions of the United States.

CPO-Funded Research Referenced at House Science Committee Hearing 19 November 2021

CPO-Funded Research Referenced at House Science Committee Hearing

Congressman Sean Casten of Illinois referenced new research on vapor pressure deficit to support his amendment calling for a study on the interaction between climate change and wildfires.
CPO-funded scientist named one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10” 1 October 2021

CPO-funded scientist named one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10”

MAPP-funded scientist Dr. Alison Wing was recognized for her work using models and simulations that could help predict how a hotter planet will reshape clouds and storms and whether these changes will, in turn, exacerbate global warming.
New NOAA Report: Exceptional Southwest Drought Exacerbated by Human-Caused Warming 29 September 2021

New NOAA Report: Exceptional Southwest Drought Exacerbated by Human-Caused Warming

According to the report, the drought caused roughly $11.4–$23 billion in economic losses in 2020—including impacts from associated wildfires. Economic losses for 2021 will also be substantial, and the drought is expected to continue at least into next year.

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