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Global climate models developed by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predict glacial retreat, rises in sea level, and other impacts on human and natural activity, from agriculture to migratory patterns. RAND researchers have studied and are continuing to examine the effects of climate change, particularly how governments and businesses respond to both observed changes and projected scenarios.

  • An electric bus in San Jose, Costa Rica, on March 5, 2020, photo by Ezequiel Becerra/Getty Images

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    Costa Rica Leads the Way in Cutting Carbon Emissions

    Aug 30, 2021

    Almost every country has pledged to slash carbon emissions to slow the gears of global warming. Costa Rica's plan provides a glimpse of what a carbon-neutral future will look like. It shows how nations can take action and make investments that hold up, regardless of what future comes to pass.

  • Two industrial chimneys release heavy smoke into the blue sky, photo by kapichka/Adobe Stock

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    Mapping Environmental Racism: Q&A with Jaime Madrigano and Benjamin Preston

    Sep 7, 2021

    Environmental policy experts Jaime Madrigano and Benjamin Preston are leading an effort to highlight how discriminatory policies have shaped environmental health disparities. Their goal: create an interactive map of the United States to motivate environmental policy that advances antiracism.

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