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Wildfires and Climate Change: Current Policies Fail to Limit Wildfire Risks

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Worsening wildfire seasons are outstripping the capacity of federal agencies to respond. Read more >

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The Conspicuous Absence of Climate Change in New Mexico’s State Water Planning

, senior climate scientist

One might expect a state like New Mexico, where water is such a precious resource, to pay close attention to climate projections and to plan carefully for its future water security. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case. Read more >

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Why the Loss of Grasslands Is a Troubling Trend for Agriculture, in 11 Maps and Graphs

, Kendall Science Fellow

Grasslands provide substantial climate benefits. Shouldn’t we be protecting them? The obvious answer is yes, but a few maps and graphs illustrate what is really happening. Read more >

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Coastal Planning Failures: Rising Seas Can Worsen Inequities

, senior climate scientist

The State of the Climate in 2015 assessment, just released by the American Meteorological Society, has confirmed that 2015 clocked in with the highest global sea level for Earth over the satellite record period. Read more >

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The National Flood Insurance Program Must Be Improved: 5 Ways to Promote Climate Resilience

, lead economist and climate policy manager

If you own a home along the coast or elsewhere in a floodplain, you may have heard of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). What you may not know is that this program doesn’t just provide insurance; it is also critical for how we assess risks and help protect people and property in flood-prone areas.

The NFIP is up for Congressional re-authorization in September 2017, and it’s time to consider changes that would make the program work better, especially in light of growing development in floodplains and climate change. Read more >

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