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Northern Plains Drought Shows (Again) that Failing to Plan for Disasters = Planning to Fail

, Kendall Science Fellow

As the dog days of summer wear on, the northern plains are really feeling the heat. Hot, dry weather has quickly turned into the nation’s worst current drought in Montana and the Dakotas, and drought conditions are slowly creeping south and east into the heart of the Corn Belt. Another year and another drought presents yet another opportunity to consider how smart public policies could make farmers and rural communities more resilient to these recurring events. Read more >

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Pelicans in Alameda. Photo: garethbogdanoff.com

The San Francisco Bay Area Faces Sea Level Rise and Chronic Inundation

, climate scientist

Sea level rise will affect the Bay Area. A new study by UCS projects when will flooding happen regularly, and what areas will affect to help communities prepare for the changes to come. Read more >

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Pelicans in Alameda. Photo: garethbogdanoff.com

El área de la bahía de San Francisco enfrenta aumento del nivel del mar e inundación crónica

, climate scientist

El aumento en el nivel del mar también afecta a la costa oeste. Un nuevo estudio de UCS proyecta en qué fechas las inundaciones serán frecuentes y muestra las áreas más afectadas para ayudar a las comunidades a prepararse para los cambios por venir. Read more >

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Panorama of the town of Keswick, nestled between the fells of Skiddaw and Derwent Water in the Lake District, Cumbria, England. Photo: David Iliff CC BY-SA 3.0 (Wikicommons)

New World Heritage Sites Already Under Threat From Climate Change

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

At least four of the new World Heritage sites designated by UNESCO at the annual meeting of the World Heritage Committee this week are under serious threat from climate change. Read more >

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Spring in the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the Rocky Broad River in the Bat Cave Preserve.

Timing, Pollinators, and the Impact of Climate Change

Amy E. Boyd, , UCS

Periodically in the spring, I have the pleasure of teaching Plant Taxonomy to students at a small college in Asheville, North Carolina. Among other things, I love the way that teaching this class forces me to pay close attention to what is coming out of the ground, leafing out, or flowering at any particular point of the season in the Blue Ridge Mountains where our campus is nestled. Read more >

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