The latest edition of Our Changing Planet, USGCRP's annual report to Congress, gives an overview of the Federal global change research enterprise, with plain-language highlights spotlighting recent efforts to advance science and support societal needs.
Oct 17, 2014
Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its full contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The Working Group II report provides the most comprehensive look to date at the worldwide impacts of climate change and the opportunities for response.
Oct 10, 2014
Physical Climate, Modeling, Extreme Events
A new report investigates the causes of extreme weather and climate events that occurred around the world in 2013, finding evidence for both human and natural influences.
Sep 21, 2014
Scenarios, Observations, Mitigation, International, Carbon Cycle, Energy
According to the new Global Carbon Budget for 2014, carbon dioxide emissions reached a record high in 2013 and are on track to do so again this year.
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 12, 2014
Oceans, Physical Climate, Modeling, International
Requests are now being accepted for US CLIVAR sponsorship of workshops and new Working Groups for 2015. Submissions are encouraged from the U.S. climate science community with a due date of October 17.
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.
Aug 21, 2014
Physical Climate, Observations, Modeling, Mitigation, Carbon Cycle
New NASA research shows that Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of carbon tetrachloride (CC14), an ozone-depleting chemical that was banned worldwide decades ago. According to the study, global emissions of CCl4 average 39 kilotons per year—approximately 30 percent of peak emissions prior to its banning.
Aug 14, 2014
NOAA, the NCAnet Education Affinity Group, and members of the CLEAN network have published a series of guides to help educators teach climate using the regional chapters of USGCRP’s Third National Climate Assessment.