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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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