The latest edition of Our Changing Planet, USGCRP's annual report to Congress, highlights progress in advancing science, informing decisions, conducting assessments, and engaging with diverse audiences. The report also spotlights interagency priority areas, including climate predictions, global change in the Arctic, water extremes, and actionable science.
May 15, 2015
Oceans, Physical Climate, Observations, International
The last remaining piece of Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf will likely disintegrate by the end of this decade, according to a new NASA-led study. The ice shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, has existed for at least 10,000 years.
May 6, 2015
Oceans, Physical Climate, Observations, Mitigation, Land Use & Land Cover, Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Carbon Cycle, Arctic, Agriculture & Food, Energy, Cities & Infrastructure, Indicators, Human Health, Adaptation
A new section of GlobalChange.gov features indicators that visually communicate some of the key aspects and effects of climate change . Users can provide feedback to help shape a broader indicators system that will inform the next National Climate Assessment.
A Request for Information issued today seeks public input on next steps for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Ongoing stakeholder engagement is key to USGCRP's sustained assessment process.
May 5, 2015
Physical Climate, Scenarios, Modeling, Mitigation, Carbon Cycle, Adaptation
USGCRP has selected a set of emissions scenarios and climate projections to focus on for the next quadrennial National Climate Assessment. These scenarios and projections will provide a consistent basis to assess the potential future impacts of climate change and related policy choices.
May 1, 2015
Physical Climate, Modeling
A new white paper highlights outcomes from the first annual U.S. Climate Modeling Summit. The Summit brought together leadership from the country’s six premier climate modeling centers to strategize around priorities of national interest—from experimental efforts that move science forward to forecasts and projections that inform on-the-ground decisions.
Apr 24, 2015
Water Resources, Land Use & Land Cover, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Carbon Cycle, Adaptation
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.
Apr 23, 2015
[Updated April 23] The George Washington University’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, in partnership with USGCRP, will host a public symposium to discuss the draft USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment. The Symposium will take place on April 24 in Washington, DC, with a live webcast available.
Apr 12, 2015
Physical Climate, Mitigation, Carbon Cycle, Arctic
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 .
Apr 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.