The global water cycle is tied closely to climate change, agricultural practices, land use, and the environment—sometimes through complex, multi-way interactions. NSF and USDA together have awarded $25 million in research grants to find out what this means for the sustainability of Earth’s water resources.
Jul 8, 2014
Agriculture & Food
The U.S. Department of Agriculture invites the public to nominate expert reviewers for the draft report entitled “Global Climate Change, Food Security, and the U.S. Food System.”
May 29, 2014
Oceans, Physical Climate, Observations, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Education, Indicators, Human Health
A new EPA report presents a set of 30 indicators that track the causes and effects of climate change. Written for general audiences, the report aims to help readers understand long-term climate-related trends observed across the atmosphere, oceans, snow and ice, ecosystems, and public health.
May 16, 2014
International, Carbon Cycle, Agriculture & Food, Human Health, Adaptation
A study published recently in the journal Nature contends that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will decrease the amount of zinc and iron in certain staple crops like wheat, rice, and soybeans.
Feb 6, 2014
Agriculture & Food, Extreme Events, Adaptation
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched seven regionally-located Climate Hubs to act as data repositories and offer the practical, science-based tools and strategies that agricultural producers need to adapt to climate change.
Dec 9, 2013
In the latest step under his Climate Action Plan, President Obama signed a Memorandum on December 5th directing the Federal Government to consume 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020—more than double the current level.
Nov 26, 2013
Adaptation, Agriculture & Food, Extreme Events, Modeling, Observations
As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the Administration recently announced an interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities better prepare for future droughts and reduce the impact of drought events on livelihoods and the economy.
Dec 24, 2012
Adaptation, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Cities & Infrastructure, Land Use & Land Cover, Water Resources
A comprehensive U.S. Forest Service report released Tuesday examines the ways expanding populations, increased urbanization, and changing land-use patterns could profoundly impact natural resources nationwide during the next 50 years.
Sep 13, 2012
Agriculture & Food
U.S. Forest Service research indicates that climate change will affect habitat suitability for maple trees, threatening the multimillion dollar maple syrup industry. Changes in climate have already had an impact on the iconic sugar maple trees of the Northeastern U.S.
Jun 14, 2012
Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Human Health
A series of studies by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and academic institutions offers accumulating evidence that climate change is both lengthening and intensifying pollen seasons in many parts of the United States.