The United States and international partners are working together to implement Future Earth, an emerging research program focused on global sustainability.
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.
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.
The new report from Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released on Monday, finds that the effects of climate change are already occurring worldwide; that the world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for the associated risks; and that there are opportunities to respond with effective action, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming.
On January 1, the State Department submitted the 2014 U.S. Climate Action Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The report details actions that the U.S. is taking domestically and internationally to address climate change.
On Tuesday, June 25, in a speech at Georgetown University, President Obama announced his comprehensive plan for steady, responsible action to cut carbon pollution, prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address climate change as a global challenge.
After many years of work to improve our understanding of the Earth system and human impacts on it, international cooperation on global change is entering a dynamic new phase. All regions of the world are moving to collaborate on initiatives that will advance understanding of the Earth system in the context of societal needs and a sustainable global future.
On Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 1:30-4:30 pm, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be holding a symposium to present Future Earth, a new 10-year international initiative on integrated global environmental change research.
Working Group I (WGI) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is pleased to announce that the Second Order Draft of the WGI contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, will be available for Expert and Government Review from 5 October - 30 November 2012.
For several days this month, Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observations.