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 10, 2014
Oceans, Observations, International, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Carbon Cycle
According to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a surge in carbon dioxide levels drove the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to a record high in 2013. Greenhouse gas levels rose more between 2012 and 2013 than at any time in the last 30 years.
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.
Jun 17, 2014
Water Resources, Ecosystems & Biodiversity
News for fans of fish and fishing: scientists have found a link between climate change and the genetic decline of native cutthroat trout.
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.
Mar 27, 2014
Oceans, Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Carbon Cycle
The U.S. Strategic Plan for Federal Research and Monitoring of Ocean Acidification, released on March 27th, will guide research and monitoring investments to improve understanding of ocean acidification, its potential impacts on marine species and ecosystems, and adaptation and mitigation strategies.
Nov 5, 2013
Water Resources, Land Use & Land Cover, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Cities & Infrastructure, Extreme Events, Adaptation
The Obama Administration has taken significant steps to strengthen the climate resilience of America’s communities and economy. Today, President Obama signed an Executive Orderthat directs Federal agencies to take a series of steps to make it easier for American communities to strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other impacts of climate change.
Sep 20, 2013
Oceans, Ecosystems & Biodiversity
According to a new technical report prepared for the 2013 National Climate Assessment, the Nation's valuable ocean ecosystems and marine resources are already being affected by a changing climate.
Aug 22, 2013
Modeling, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Human Health, Extreme Events
The rise of wildfire activity in the U.S. is an important scientific and environmental issue - one that that is being amplified by the effects of climate change.
Jul 26, 2013
Adaptation, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Extreme Events, Human Health, Mitigation
This issue of EPA's Science Matters features stories on how Agency researchers and their partners are helping decision makers, communities, and individuals incorporate the latest science into strategies and actions designed to protect public human health and the environment in the face of a changing climate.