Early this morning, NASA launched the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2), a new science satellite that will measure Earth's output and uptake of carbon dioxide—the leading greenhouse gas responsible for climate change .
PostedJun 25, 2014
Physical Climate, Observations, Human Health, Extreme Events
Both NASA and NOAA have ranked May 2014 as the planet’s hottest May since records began in 1880. UPDATE: Since this article was published, June 2014, August 2014, September 2014, and October 2014 have also set records for monthly average temperatures.
PostedJun 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.
PostedMay 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.
PostedMay 20, 2014
Physical Climate, Coasts, Extreme Events
A NOAA-led study finds that over the past 30 years, the location where tropical cyclones reach maximum intensity has been shifting toward the poles in both the northern and southern hemispheres at a rate of about 35 miles, or one-half degree of latitude, per decade.
PostedMay 16, 2014
International, Carbon Cycle, Agriculture & Food, Human Health, Adaptation
A study published recently in the journal Nature contends that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will decrease the amount of zinc and iron in certain staple crops like wheat, rice, and soybeans.
PostedMay 6, 2014
Today, delivering on our legal mandate and the President’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released the Third National Climate Assessment, the most comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report on U.S. climate change impacts ever generated. The report confirms that climate change is affecting every region of the country and key sectors of the U.S. economy and society.
PostedApr 21, 2014
On May 6 at 8 a.m. ET, the NCADAC will consider the final version of the Third National Climate Assessment.
PostedApr 14, 2014
Scenarios, Mitigation, International, Energy
The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels, despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change. Nevertheless, a wide array of technological measures and behavioral changes could limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
PostedApr 4, 2014
The new report from Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released as a near-final draft on Monday, finds that the effects of climate change are already occurring worldwide; that the world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for the associated risks; and that there are opportunities to respond with effective action, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming.