Although the amount of moisture stored in soil is just a small fraction of Earth’s water, it plays a big role in the Earth system. NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, launched into orbit this morning, will collect unprecedented measurements of soil moisture around the globe.
Nov 19, 2014
Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Agriculture & Food, Human Health, Adaptation
On Monday, the Administration released the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, a suite of community-oriented resources that provide information ranging from which neighborhoods are likely to flood in future storm surges to how future drought conditions could affect regional crop growth. Concurrently, a task force submitted recommendations for how the Federal Government can support resilience at the state, local, and tribal levels.
Sep 18, 2014
Oceans, International, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Agriculture & Food, Human Health
In coordination with the National Ocean Council, the Department of State is requesting expert reviewers for the draft United Nations World Ocean Assessment (WOA). The WOA assesses the ocean's role in the Earth system, food security and food safety, human activities, and biological diversity.
Sep 8, 2014
Water Resources, Land Use & Land Cover, International, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Agriculture & Food
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 29, 2014
Agriculture & Food, Human Health, Adaptation
Today, building on the Climate Data Initiative, the White House unveiled a new theme on climate.data.gov to empower America’s agricultural sector and strengthen the resilience of the global food system to climate change.
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 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.
Mar 28, 2014
Mitigation, Carbon Cycle, Agriculture & Food, Energy
Today, delivering on an important part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the White House released a strategy to cut methane emissions. The strategy summarizes the sources of methane emissions, commits to new steps to cut emissions of this potent greenhouse gas, and outlines the Administration’s efforts to improve the measurement of methane emissions.
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.
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.