Recent Projects

NASA Asia Air Pollution

Increasingly intense storms in the United States might have an unexpected origin: Asian air pollution. Researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have found that aerosols from across the Pacific strengthen extratropical cyclones—a type of storm system that drives much of our country’s weather.

Asia is home to the world’s 20 most polluted cities, but that dirty air doesn’t stay put, as the above animation of aerosol emissions shows. Water vapor in the atmosphere condenses around particles, and an influx of particulate matter—say, from a coal-fired power plant—can produce bigger, badder clouds. So far, the atmospheric scientists have only looked at how pollution from the continent affects North American weather, but they expect that the effects are global in scale. When countries around the world finalize carbon emissions commitments this year, let’s hope they remember we’re on different sides of the same planet.

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The Antalya ReportSlide1

In February 2015 a USAID-funded Expert Forum was assembled in Antalya, Turkey to address why societies are not learning from the lessons that emerged from coping with and responding to previous disasters. This report which highlights these issues and shows us how we can can learn from already identified lessons.

Highlights From the Expert Forum in Antalya, Turkey 2015
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Lessons Learned about Lessons Learned

Disasters occur when natural extremes encounter communities who are ill-prepared to cope with these forces. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies outline preventative measures to reduce the impacts of foreseeable hazardous events. Time and time again, such actions have been proven to save time, money, resources, lives and livelihoods of at risk communities. In February 2015 a USAID-funded Expert Forum was assembled in Antalya, Turkey to address why societies are not learning from the lessons that emerged from coping with and responding to previous disasters. This film outlines some of the recurring issues at the foundation of this pressing conundrum and the need for effective next steps in future hazard response.

-Ryan Vachon

DRR Expert Forum 2015 Antalya Statement
English Antalya Statement

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Working With A Changing Climate, Not Against it

Updated Version Released: November, 2014

Report Book Cover10-23-14