The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels, despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change. Nevertheless, a wide array of technological measures and behavioral changes could limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The new report from Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released on Monday, finds that the effects of climate change are already occurring worldwide; that the world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for the associated risks; and that there are opportunities to respond with effective action, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming.
Today, delivering on a commitment in the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Administration launched the Climate Data Initiative. This ambitious new effort brings together open government data and design competitions with commitments from the private and philanthropic sectors to develop data-driven tools that communities across America need to plan for the impacts of climate change.
Three types of roofing can help to cool “urban heat islands,” according to a study by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) researchers and partners recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The Sea Level Rise Tool for Sandy Recovery—released in 2013 through a partnership between several Federal entities in coordination with local institutions—has been updated to reflect the latest data on future sea level rise and flooding risks.