The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels, despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change. Nevertheless, a wide array of technological measures and behavioral changes could limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
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.
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.
Aug 30, 2013
Energy, Cities & Infrastructure, Extreme Events, Adaptation
A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the Energy Department evaluates the economic cost of power outages and calls for increased cross-sector investment to make the electric grid more resilient in the face of increasingly severe weather events due to climate change.
Jul 26, 2013
Coasts, Energy, Cities & Infrastructure, Extreme Events, Adaptation
The U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather report examines current and potential future impacts of these climate trends on the U.S. energy sector.
Jul 22, 2013
Physical Climate, Scenarios, Modeling, Carbon Cycle, Energy
Two recently released animated NASA visualizations developed to support the forthcoming third US National Climate Assessment show projections of Earths temperature and precipitation patterns from today through the year 2100, revealing how low versus high emission scenarios would impact the planets climate.
Apr 23, 2013
Agriculture & Food, Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Energy, Oceans, Water Resources
In recognition of Earth Day 2013, the USGS is highlighting examples of climate change impacts to a variety of places and people across the globe.
Apr 9, 2013
Adaptation, Energy, Water Resources
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today released a report to Congress on the progress of the National Water Census, which is being developed at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to help the nation address its critical water needs.
Feb 12, 2013
Mitigation, Carbon Cycle, Energy
This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted the second year of greenhouse gas emissions data gathered through the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP).
Mar 16, 2012
Physical Climate, Observations, Energy
NASA's most recently launched earth-observing satellite, Suomi NPP, is proving to pack both beauty and brains. Since its launch into space in October, Suomi NPP has taken some of the most stunning images of Earth ever generated and, at the same time, has begun to collect critical data about Earth's environment and atmosphere.