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Planning Failures: A Story of Unintended Consequences

, climate scientist

What happens when planned actions or policies have the best intentions, but backfire somehow? Well, planning failures are like that, especially when the variety known as maladaptation. And when it relates to climate change, maladaptative policies often backfire in very specific ways. Read more >

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Thawing Permafrost: Why It Matters

, senior climate scientist

In these recent hot summer days, as my colleague Xinnan Zhu was walking outside exposed to the outdoor temperature of nearly 100°F, she felt like she was going to melt like an ice cube under the sun. Read more >

Photo by Xinnan Zhu
International Permafrost Association, 1998. Circumpolar Active-Layer Permafrost System (CAPS), version 1.0.
Figure created by Xinnan Zhu in July, 2016.
NASA GISS data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/maps
Figure created by Xinnan Zhu from data in IPCC AR5
Figure created by Xinnan Zhu from data in IPCC AR5
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Photo: California Department of Water Resources

The Devil Is in the Data: Principles for Ensuring the Success of Groundwater Management

, climate scientist

During this California drought, half of our water has come from underground. Responsible groundwater management is necessary to ensure water availability in the future. Read more >

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Scientist in the Field: On the Ground in Flooded Florida Neighborhoods

, climate scientist

In some cases children couldn’t get to their school bus stops. One resident had to walk through contaminated flood waters and subsequently had a leg infection. Another resident told me that in order to take the trash out, she had to cover her legs in garbage bags. There are already so many stories of people struggling to deal with tidal flooding. Read more >

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Photo: NASA

Ten Years After: Looking Back on California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32)

, director, California & Western States

California’s experience clearly demonstrates that it is possible to have a healthy economy while systematically and significantly lowering emissions from dirty fossil fuels. Read more >

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