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Natural Disaster Preparations May Aid Businesses’ Pandemic Response 19 October 2020

Natural Disaster Preparations May Aid Businesses’ Pandemic Response

The social and economic impacts of COVID-19 have battered small- and medium-sized enterprises, putting millions of jobs in the U.S. at risk. And a year rife with natural disasters has not done the many already struggling businesses any favors.

Research approach helps identify communities vulnerable to wildfire smoke events 15 October 2020

Research approach helps identify communities vulnerable to wildfire smoke events

Closer examination to impacts across space and time will help public health officials identify and communicate to the most vulnerable communities as smoke plumes spread.

Lawns & Landscaping Provide Surprising Contribution to Los Angeles Basin’s Carbon Emissions 13 October 2020

Lawns & Landscaping Provide Surprising Contribution to Los Angeles Basin’s Carbon Emissions

The Los Angeles Basin is often thought of as a dry, smoggy, overdeveloped landscape. But a new study funded in part by CPO's Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate Program shows that the manicured lawns, emerald golf courses and trees of America’s second-largest city have a surprisingly large influence on the city’s carbon emissions.

Study Finds Storm Surge Barrier Protection an Imperfect Solution in Era of Accelerating Sea-Level Rise 7 October 2020

Study Finds Storm Surge Barrier Protection an Imperfect Solution in Era of Accelerating Sea-Level Rise

Climate change and forecast uncertainty pose major challenges for the infrastructure that would protect New York City from storms like Hurricane Sandy.

CVP-Funded Study Reveals Arctic is Transitioning to ‘New’ Climate with Dramatic Implications 29 September 2020

CVP-Funded Study Reveals Arctic is Transitioning to ‘New’ Climate with Dramatic Implications

According to the study, a ‘new’ Arctic climate, one with less sea ice, higher temperatures, and longer rainy seasons, will emerge by 2100.

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