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UN climate report a “red alert” for the planet

UNFCCC’s Initial NDC Synthesis Report highlights the need for urgent climate action. If this task was urgent before, it’s crucial now – to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, we must cut global emission by 45 percent by 2030, from 2010 levels.

Return to the Paris Agreement

The U.S. has rejoined the Paris Agreement—but what does that mean going forward?

Assessing the U.S. Climate in January 2021

This monthly summary from NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia and the public to support informed decision-making.

NASA Satellites Help Quantify Forests’ Impacts on Global Carbon Budget

The forest carbon flux map from web application Global Forest Watch, and the accompanying study published in Nature Climate Change on Jan. 21, show these carbon fluctuations from forests in unprecedented detail.

An audacious and timely conservation challenge

Andrew Bowman, president and CEO of the Land Trust Alliance, pledges to conserve at least another 60 million acres by the end of this decade and urges the United States to empower private landowners to conserve their natural and working lands at a much greater pace and scale to meet inclusive and equitable conservation goals.

2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record, NASA Analysis Shows

Tracking global temperature trends provides a critical indicator of the impact of human activities – specifically, greenhouse gas emissions – on our planet. Rising temperatures are causing phenomena such as loss of sea ice and ice sheet mass, sea level rise, longer and more intense heat waves, and shifts in plant and animal habitats. Understanding such long-term climate trends is essential for the safety and quality of human life, allowing humans to adapt to the changing environment in ways such as planting different crops, managing our water resources and preparing for extreme weather events.

New science: restoring forests, coastal protection and more

Protecting nature starts with science. Here’s a roundup of recent scientific research published by Conservation International experts.

Trending: Scientific American’s Top Five Climate Stories of 2020

Scientific American highlights their top five climate stories of 2020.

2020 in review – the year is ending as it began, on a hot streak

With only one month left in the year, 2020 has a 54% chance of becoming the hottest year on record.

December 2020 outlook: warmer and drier than average for most of the U.S.

According to the December 2020 outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, much of the contiguous United States is expected to observe a warmer and drier-than-average end of the year.

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