A new synthesis published in Nature suggests that thawing Arctic permafrost will release greenhouse gases gradually, rather than in a sudden "bomb". The gradual rate of these natural emissions may give society more time to adapt to their effects, but they remain a challenge for climate mitigation .
PostedApr 9, 2015
Observations, Human Health, Adaptation
In association with National Public Health Week, the Administration this week unveiled a suite of Federal actions and private-sector commitments to build resilience at the nexus of climate change and public health. A key pillar of these efforts is the development and release of new climate and health-relevant data and tools.
PostedApr 7, 2015
Public comments are now being solicited for the draft version of The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. The draft report synthesizes the available scientific literature to assess observed and projected impacts of climate change on human health in the United States, with a particular focus on where impacts can be quantified.
PostedMar 16, 2015
Observations, International, Extreme Events, Adaptation
Bangladeshi officials have announced plans to expand the SERVIR satellite-based flood forecasting system for nationwide use. The system uses Jason-2 satellite data to predict flooding as far as eight days in advance, a significant advancement in disaster preparedness for the flood-prone country. SERVIR is a joint initiative between USAID and NASA.
PostedMar 13, 2015
Scenarios, Land Use & Land Cover
How might land use and land cover change within the United States over the next century? A new workshop report lays the groundwork for developing scenarios that can support a variety of science and decision-support needs.
PostedFeb 28, 2015
Cities & Infrastructure, Adaptation
USGCRP and partners have won an APA award for a project facilitating climate adaptation in and around the Nation's capital. The project grew from the recognition that Federal, regional, and local organizations in the area have a shared opportunity to build networks, partnerships, and collaborative approaches to increase resilience .
A session at this year’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will focus on USGCRP’s 2014 National Climate Assessment as a resource for climate literacy and decision making.
PostedJan 31, 2015
Physical Climate, Observations, Water Resources, Carbon Cycle, Agriculture & Food, Extreme Events, Adaptation
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.
PostedJan 16, 2015
Oceans, Physical Climate, Observations, International
2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by scientists at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
PostedJan 5, 2015
On behalf of the U.S. Government, the Department of State is requesting nominations for experts to contribute to the 6th edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6), a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) assessment that reviews the state of the global environment.