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.
PostedMar 14, 2012
This week, the U.S. Global Change Research Program launched a revamped Resource Library website for easier, more intuitive access to Federal global change resources. The Resource Library, USGCRPs access hub for publications, reports, and other global change resources, fulfills the Congressional mandate for a Global Change Research Information Office (GCRIO).
PostedMar 13, 2012
Oceans, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Carbon Cycle
A new study concludes that the current rate of ocean acidification is higher than at any time in at least the last 300 million years and attributes this ecosystem -threatening change to the huge quantities of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere from fossil-fuel burning and deforestation.
PostedMar 6, 2012
Polling results released last week by the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College (Pennsylvania) show that, compared to previous surveys, the largest majority of Americans in years now believe global warming is occurring.
PostedMar 1, 2012
USGCRP has launched a new, more interactive website that showcases the 2009 National Climate Assessment (NCA) report, Global Change Impacts in the United States.
PostedFeb 24, 2012
On Tuesday, Climate Change Fellows from more than 10 African nations convened at USGCRPs National Coordination Office in Washington, DC to discuss their experiences applying scientific knowledge to climate change adaptation efforts in Africa.
PostedFeb 22, 2012
Mitigation, International, Agriculture & Food, Human Health
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week announced the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, a voluntary partnership that includes the United States, Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to reduce short-lived atmospheric pollutants such as methane, hydrofluorocarbons, and black carbon , or soot.
PostedFeb 3, 2012
Observations, Carbon Cycle, Arctic, Cities & Infrastructure, Indicators
Last week, the Interior Department's US Geological Survey (USGS) released details about a landmark airborne survey of permafrost in the Yukon Flats of Alaska that yielded some of the most detailed, data-rich maps of permafrost ever generated.
PostedJan 25, 2012
Physical Climate, Observations, Extreme Events
This week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released temperature data showing that 2011 was one of the warmest years since record-keeping began in 1880. The global temperature continued to be extremely warm even though at least two factors acted to push it downwards in the short term.
PostedJan 3, 2012
The carbon cycle science community in the United States has just finished its planning process for carbon cycle research for the upcoming decade. This reassessment of the U.S. carbon cycle science priorities was initiated by the U.S. Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG) and Carbon Cycle Science Steering Group (CCSSG) in 2008.