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Exploring the Climates of Earth’s Future Supercontinent

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Scientists leveraged a NASA supercomputer to explore possible scenarios for Earth supercontinents and climate 200 and 250 million years into the future.

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Reducing Emissions Could Yield Dramatic Health Benefits by 2030

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New research shows that improved air quality caused by reducing emissions from burning fossil fuels and other sources could improve human health and prevent economic losses.

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NASA Study Traces Decade of Ammonia Air Pollution in Africa

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The study is the first to document changing atmospheric ammonia concentrations in Africa over an extended period.

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Global Climate Change Impact on Crops Expected Within 10 Years

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Climate change may affect the production of maize (corn) and wheat as early as 2030 under a high greenhouse gas emissions scenario, according to a new NASA study.

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Drought Research Shows Value of Both Climate Mitigation, Adaptation

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The American West will experience increased drought conditions in the future under both high and low greenhouse gas emissions scenarios, but the most severe drought conditions can still be avoided if future emissions are limited.

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Climate Change and Its Environmental Impacts on Crop Growth

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The effects of human-caused global climate change are becoming more and more apparent, and these environmental changes touch every part of crop production.

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Drought Makes its Home on the Range

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As Earth's atmosphere continues to warm due to climate change, droughts are becoming more frequent, severe and pervasive. Ranchers throughout the U.S. are using data from NASA and others to care for their herds and land during drought conditions.

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NASA Helps Prep Central America for Hurricane Disasters to Come

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After the historic hurricanes Eta and Iota of 2020, NASA's Disasters program provided products updated on a near real-time basis for teams on the ground.

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Braneon Receives AXA Award for Climate Science

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Dr. Christian Braneon of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies is one of four winners of the AXA Award for Climate Science.

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Podcast: Earth's Expanding Oceans

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NASA's "Curious Universe" podcast discussed climate-induced sea level rise with GISS director Gavin Schmidt and also Columbia scientist Craig Rye.

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Podcast: Let’s Talk About Climate Change

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NASA's "Gravity Assist" podcast discussed climate change with GISS director and NASA's acting senior climate advisor, Gavin Schmidt.

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Improving the Quantification of Food System Emissions

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A new joint initiative by NASA/GISS and research partners has developed analyses of greenhouse gas emissions from the food system for use by climate modelers in projecting future changes in Earth's climate.

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GISS Scientists Select Best Institute Paper of 2020

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Scientists at NASA/GISS have voted the journal article “GISS-E2.1: Configurations and climatology” by Max Kelley et al. as the top work among 175 research publications by institute staff published in 2020.

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GISS, NCCS Contribute to CMIP6 International Climate Model Project

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NASA/GISS contributed results from hundreds of historical and future climate simulations to the international project that were run on the NCCS Discover supercomputer.

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COVID-19 Lockdown Effects on Climate Appear Limited, Short-Lived

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Initial results from a climate model intercomparison project suggest that the economic and social changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic won't provide any real climate benefits.

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NASA Joins White House National Climate Task Force

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NASA has joined the National Climate Task Force, which is outlined in an executive order issued by President Joe Biden.

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Reduced African Fires Contribute to Short-lived Air Quality Improvement

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NASA researchers have found a small but unexpected decrease in air pollution over some parts of Africa despite growing use of fossil fuels in many countries due to development and economic growth.

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U.N. Report Spotlights Need to Strengthen Climate Change Adaptation

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A report by the U.N. Environment Programme documents how most countries have adopted climate adaptation into their policy and planning, but how well they are doing so is a mixed picture.

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NASA Announces New Role of Senior Climate Advisor

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The agency has established a new position of senior climate advisor and selected Gavin Schmidt, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, to serve in the role in an acting capacity.

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2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record, NASA Analysis Shows

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Globally, 2020 was the hottest year on record, effectively tying 2016, the previous record. Overall, Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1880s.

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Climate Events of 2020 Show How Excess Heat is Expressed on Earth

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The events of 2020 are consistent with what models have predicted: extreme climate events such as severe heat waves, larger wildfires and more intense hurricanes are more likely because of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Improving Assessments of Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture

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Impact assessments help identify and quantify risks to the world's food supply as well as evaluate sustainable adaptation and mitigation strategies.

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