Developing nations push to define 'unacceptably vague' adaptation goal

South Africa is proposing a quantitative target for boosting resilience to climate impacts globally, but there are technical and political hurdles.

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Pennsylvania: 25-year plan for state parks stresses need to address effects of climate change

The agency’s recent strategic plan calls for adaptation and mitigation measures, including protections for habitat and wildlife.

Ama Francis and Kate Desormeau: The human face of climate change

The Biden administration already has the tools to provide safe haven for some climate-displaced people and contribute to our national and global resilience right now. We believe these are good first steps as we work toward our shared survival.
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In a summer scarred by heat, drought and fire, adaptation becomes a necessity

The pleasures of the natural world increasingly involve a reckoning with the reality of climate change.

As China boomed, it didn't take climate change into account. Now it must

China’s breathtaking economic growth created cities ill-equipped to face extreme weather. Last week’s dramatic floods showed that much will have to change.

Catching fire: AI is helping scarce firefighters better predict blazes

As climate change and gaps in forest management create more intense and deadly wildfire seasons, firefighting resources are increasingly stretched to the limit. Researchers like Chris Dunn hope their tools can help ease that pressure by making sure scarce fire resources are deployed as efficiently as possible.

2021 wildfires: Indigenous firefighters face climate change in the West

Indigenous people in North America are especially adept at managing wildfires, both through prescribed burning and fighting the fires themselves, given their knowledge of the land and generations of experience. Yet their contributions are sometimes overlooked.

This is the first ecosystem with its own insurance policy

A 100-mile stretch of coral reef in Mexico is now insured just like any other valuable asset. Is this the future of conservation?

'No one is safe': How the heatwave has battered the wealthy world

Floods swept Germany, fires ravaged the American West and another heat wave loomed, driving home the reality that the world’s richest nations remain unprepared for the intensifying consequences of climate change.

How climate change hit wine country

Sunscreen on grapes. Toilet water that is treated and used for irrigation. Napa Valley winemakers are taking extreme steps in the face of climate change.

Katharine J. Mach, A.R. Siders: Threatened by climate change? Consider managed retreat

When endangered by climate change, communities should move away more often and in more innovative ways.

Jake Bittle: We can't afford to shrink the infrastructure bill

The dangers of climate change require major spending now. Future generations will thank us for it.

Urban refuge: How cities can help solve the biodiversity crisis

Cities have long been considered species deserts, devoid of wildlife beyond pigeons and squirrels. But with animals such as snowy owls, otters and bobcats now appearing in urban areas, scientists are recognizing that cities can play a significant role in fostering biodiversity.
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