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The Second Worst Flooding in Iowa History That You Probably Didn’t Read About

, Kendall Science Fellow

“No news is good news” was a take-home message from heavy rains that soaked Northern Iowa in late September, raising river levels to their second highest mark ever. Thanks to proactive work of emergency responders, community leaders, flood scientists and eager volunteers, there were not damages on the scale of other recent deadly floods in Louisiana and North Carolina.

However, the increasing intensity and frequency of heavy rainfall means that the damages escaped this time around should not lead to complacency. Rather, even more proactive planning will be required, particularly in agricultural areas, in order to prevent future floods from making headlines. Read more >

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Photo: Brian Katt/CC BY-SA (Wikimedia)

Post-Election, ExxonMobil Goes After Scientists and Climate Advocates

, climate accountability campaign manager

Major fossil fuel companies that are determined to defend their profits at all costs, including the health and well-being of the people of this planet, can only be emboldened by the results of last week’s US elections. Read more >

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Restoring U.S. Forests by Mid-Century

, scientific adviser, Climate and Energy

As both scientists (in many published papers) and political leaders (in the Paris Agreement) have now recognized, to stop global warming—to keep the global temperature from increasing indefinitely—we need to peak and then reduce emissions rapidly. We need to get our release of global warming pollution into the atmosphere, down to a level below the amount that carbon sequestration by the biosphere takes out of the atmosphere. This means that we have to work incredibly hard on two parallel tracks, simultaneously. On the one hand, cut pollution drastically. And on the other hand, regrow the biosphere. Read more >

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Farming Carbon into Soils and Trees: A Climate-Smart Mid-Century Strategy for Agriculture

, agroecologist

In 2050, the Paris Agreement will be 34 years old,  Google will be 52,  the National Park Service will be 134, the tractor will be 158, the United States will be 274, and hopefully we’ll all be celebrating being well along the way to a cooler future. While it may seem like a lot of time, there’s a lot of work ahead of us. Read more >

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King Tides and the “Supermoon”—Time and Tide Wait for No Man

, senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

The laws of physics are unchanged by the US presidential election: the planet is still warming, sea levels are still rising, and the moon is still circling the earth. Read more >

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