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Comments from Kraan were included in the Going Green column in the Biscayne Times this July. The column considers the implications of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study, that recommends various resiliency infrastructure along Biscayne Bay. Kraan suggests that different solutions should be considered, as well as the impacts the infrastructure could have on increasing inequity.

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Scientists offer roadmap for studying link between climate and armed conflict

Mach and Kraan are coauthors of a recent publication, "Directions for Research on Climate and Conflict." The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science featured the paper on their news site, here. The paper follows a 2019 analysis of the relationship between climate and organized armed conflict, and provides four main guidelines for continuing the exploration of this link.

Find the paper here, in Earth's Future, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.  

Katharine MachRecipient of the 2020 Piers Sellers Prize: recognizing exceptional climate change research

Mach was selected as the winner of the 2020 Piers Sellers Prize for her world-leading contribution to solution-focused, interdisciplinary climate research. The Piers Sellers Prize, granted by the Priestley International Centre for Climate, recognizes exceptional, up-and-coming research that furthers our understanding of climate change and how to address it.

The prizegiving event featured a keynote lecture from Mach, where she discussed recent work on climate and security and managed retreat. A recording of the event can be viewed here.

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Sharing fundamentals of equitable adaptation to heat in a changing climate

Turek-Hankins had the opportunity to participate in a day of learning about climate resilience with government workers and stakeholders from the City of Hallandale Beach. Experts from across South Florida shared actionable knowledge and explored with the group how the city can start to incorporate climate forward thinking into their work. Turek-Hankins led an introductory teach-in about the science of extreme heat in a changing climate, urban heat islands in South Florida, and its intersections with environmental justice. Together, they discussed the state of the knowledge of equitable adaptation to extreme heat and its implications for the City of Hallandale Beach.

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The University of Miami Graduate School organized the second annual Graduate & Postdoctoral Research Symposium in March 2020. The symposium included posters, oral presentations, and TED-like talks featuring graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from all schools and departments of the university. More information about the event can be found at The Graduate School

Two members of the climate prep research team also presented their work. Turek-Hankins shared her work on equity-oriented adaptation to extreme heat in California through a poster. Kraan gave an oral presentation on the landscape of FEMA voluntary property buyouts and ongoing research that focusses on tracking post-buyout relocations. 

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AJ faces landscape in Puerto RicoConferences aim to find equitable responses to climate change for island communities

Working with the non-profit organizations, UPROSE and the Climate Justice Alliance, Hudson recently participated in the Environmental Grantmakers Association’s 2020 Winter Briefing in Puerto Rico, presenting on a panel. Information on the EGA Briefing can be found here. A report calling for just transformation and recovery that was released during the Briefing is discussed here.

Hudson also attended the Climate Strong Islands Dialog in Puerto Rico, a conference that explores how islands are responding to climate change. The Climate Strong Islands Declaration, which calls for widespread support of island communities as they respond to the climate crisis, was signed by more than 60 U.S. island communities, foundations, environmental organizations, companies, and academic institutions. Hudson was one of the signatories for the declaration. Coverage of the conference and declaration can be found here and here, and the Climate Strong Islands Declaration can be read here.

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Knowledge meetingActionable knowledge, education, and climate decision making

Several new studies produced by Mach and colleagues discuss how education and co-production are two important tools for implementing knowledgeable, sustainable environmental decision-making.

Read the article, Three roles for education in climate change adaptation, published in the journal, Climate Policy, here.

Find the article, Actionable knowledge and the art of engagement, published in the journal, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, here.

The research was featured on the Rosenstiel School News & Events page.

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Flood of tweets

A recently published paper in Nature Communications investigates the use of social media to monitor flooding and its related consequences more efficiently. In Quartz, Mach comments on the challenges associated with determining how communities are affected by nuisance floods, such as how tide gauges don’t provide complete information on the impacts of flooding on residents and businesses.

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The Miami Climate Symposium 2020 provided scholars and researchers the opportunity to share the impacts of the changing climate, and how we can predict, respond to, and adapt to its risks.

Members of the climate prep research team engagement in the symposium are highlighted on the University of Miami’s News@TheU. Miller shared her research on California wildfires and local policy intervention and adaptation efforts in response to these risks. Mach presented the concept of managed retreat as an adaptive response to climate change. Kraan commented on the fascinating information the symposium’s sessions provided to attendees.

The symposium concluded with an engaging public forum, with Mach as one of the panel experts discussing the local effects of climate change and addressing community members’ comments and questions. Coverage of this event can be found on the University of Miami’s News@TheU.

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 Refining national greenhouse gas inventories

Yona and colleagues highlight a path forward for improving national greenhouse gas inventories, ever critical and challenging in moving towards rigorous climate policy. Find the paper, published in Ambio: a journal of the human environment, here

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Featured on the cover of Nature Sustainability, Miller, Mach, and co-author, Field, present research on sociopolitical barriers and opportunities for use of prescribed burns to reduce wildfire risk in California. The approach utilized in the article was applauded in an editorial in the journal, and the findings have been featured in media coverage such as Stanford News, Science Daily, Interesting Engineering, The Telegraph, Popular Science, and others.

See article in Nature Sustainability here.

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Mach joined the podcast, Climate Action Now, in a discussion focusing on the climate goals of reducing carbon emissions worldwide by 50% before 2030 in order to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees. The podcast episode investigates how these highly debated, ambitious goals were reached, why it’s so important companies strive to meet them, and what impacts these companies may experience by aligning with the science.

Listen to the podcast below or here.

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Southeast Florida regional climate leadership summit

Mach and Niemann attended the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, hosted by the Southeast FL Regional Climate Change Compact. The Compact coordinates mitigation and adaptation efforts to advance responses and preparations for the effects of climate change across Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties.

See more from the summit here.

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High cost of Keys road raising makse sea rise retreat likely

Mach discusses buyouts in relation to a program taking place in Monroe county, Florida in the Miami Herald.

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UN climate report paints a bleak picture of a planet in peril

Mach comments on transformations towards zero emissions discussed in the United Nations' 2019 Emissions Gap Report in the University of Miami's News@TheU.

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On the front lines of the climate emergency

Mach's path leading to her current career at the forefront of climate change risks and adaptaion research is featured in the University of Miami's News@TheU. This profile discusses her recent publications of research on managed retreat and FEMA buyouts, her time with Stanford University and the IPCC, and her educational background at Harvard and Stanford.

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Mach led a conversation with the Underwater Homeowners Association (UHOA), discussing climate change science and policy, including risks and response options. These UHOA community meetings, established by Xavier Cortada, environmental artist and professor at the University of Miami, aim to generate awareness of climate change, and engage homeowners in addressing impacts to Floridians, such as flooding and sea level rise.

See information about the Underwater HOA here

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Mach and Kraan are authors of a recent article that examinines the role that climate variability and change play in shaping the risk of organized armed conflict. Mach comments on this climate-conflict relationship in Ensia

See original article in Nature

"As risks grow under future climate change, many more potential climate–conflict linkages become relevant and extend beyond historical experiences."

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Mach and Kraan's study on the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of 43,000 FEMA buyouts, completed with Siders and Hino, is discussed in The New York Times, NPR, FOXBusiness, Gizmodo, Grist, Vice, US News, WLRN, Miami Herald, Wired, EOS, Business Report, BloombergAP, Inverse, Sun Sentinel, Anthropocene, and UM News

See original article in Science Advances.

"For government-funded retreat in the form of buyouts, our results indicate that richer, more densely populated areas have been more likely to implement voluntary buyouts of flood-prone properties to date. [...] Within counties with buyouts, however, the bought-out properties are located in relatively poorer, less densely populated areas, also with relatively lower education levels, lower English language proficiency, and greater racial diversity."

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Mach comments on climate goals and ambitious limits on warming in Live Science.

"We know that the risks go up [as temperature rises]. We're already experiencing widespread impacts of the changing climate."

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Mach discusses managed retreat in the Tampa Bay Times.

"For some communities in some places, it’s not a question of when or if, but when, how and under what circumstances."   


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Mach’s Science policy forum on strategic and managed climate retreat, developed with Siders and Hino, has been featured in recent coverage, including: New York Times (here and here)International Business TimesGristABCVision TimesHavard Magazine, and Stanford Woods.

See original article in Science.

"Retreat is an adaptive option at the intersect of changing disaster risk, market forces, societal investments, and community well-being."

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