American Geophysical Union 2018 Archives - State of the Planet

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How Can We Use the National Climate Assessment to Prepare for Climate Change?

While the Trump administration is doing its best to ignore recent findings, an upcoming report will focus on helping cities, states, and businesses develop mitigation and adaptation strategies.

by |December 14, 2018
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Africa: An Air Pollution Wildcard

Atmospheric scientists discover surprising levels and unexpected types of pollution that seem to be originating in Africa.

by |December 14, 2018
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Current Megadrought in the West Could Be One of the Worst in History

A 19-year drought in the American West is one of the most severe in the past 1200 years—and climate change is partially to blame, according to new research.

by |December 13, 2018

What’s Climate Doing to Guatemala’s Coffee?

Diego Pons discusses his recent work on exploring the relationships between several climatic variables and coffee productivity in a region of Guatemala.

by |December 13, 2018

Q&A: Climate Information for Food Systems

Scientists at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society are studying how much climate plays a role in the global food supply, identifying food system vulnerabilities in specific areas, using new kinds of climate information in agricultural modeling, and more.

by |December 12, 2018

Q&A: Using Farmers’ Perceptions as Data

Researchers at IRI have been developing index insurance, which would provide a safety net for farmers who experience devastating climate events such as droughts and floods that severely impact their crop yields.

The Latest in Subseasonal Climate Prediction

Until recently, predicting rainfall and temperature at the subseasonal timescale (i.e. between two weeks and three months) was considered impossible. That’s beginning to change.

by |December 12, 2018

Lessening the Impacts of Climate Shocks to Agriculture

In this video, IRI’s Lisa Goddard discusses index insurance and forecast-based financing as tools to reduce climate impacts in vulnerable communities.

Q&A: Forecast-Based Financing for Flash Floods

A Q&A with IRI’s Andrew Kruczkiewicz about a new mechanism for taking early humanitarian action based on weather forecast information and socioeconomic risk analysis.

by |December 11, 2018
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How Climate Impacts Solar and Wind Power Supply

New research shows that long-term weather patterns could have a huge effect on the success of renewable energy

by |December 11, 2018