The Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced four collaborative landscape partnerships to make important lands and waters more resilient to climate change. Federal agencies will work with local, state, and tribal organizations in southwest Florida, Hawaiʻi, Washington, and the Great Lakes.
Dec 10, 2014
Water Resources, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Adaptation
Climate.Data.gov has been expanded to include a new suite of Federal data and geospatial tools related to water and ecosystems. These freely available resources and a host of associated public, private, and philanthropic commitments are intended to spur innovation and help environmental planners, natural resource managers, and others make informed decisions under changing climate conditions.
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 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.