Climate change is likely to impede progress on reducing undernourishment around the world in the decades ahead, according to a scientific assessment released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) during 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris. Climate Change, Global
PostedNov 5, 2014
The vision for the sustained National Climate Assessment involves identifying a set of indicators that can be used to track climate changes, impacts, and responses. A roundtable at the Wilson Center will explore ways in which crowd-based approaches, such as citizen science and community-based monitoring, are and can be used to support indicator networks.
PostedNov 3, 2014
On Friday, Federal agencies released their annual plans for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change . Agencies cited climate impacts like rising sea levels, increased storm intensity, and more extreme temperatures as threats to Federal facilities, operations, and resources.
PostedSep 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.
PostedJul 8, 2014
Agriculture & Food
The U.S. Department of Agriculture invites the public to nominate expert reviewers for the draft report entitled “Global Climate Change , Food Security , and the U.S. Food System.”
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 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.
PostedFeb 6, 2014
Agriculture & Food, Extreme Events, Adaptation
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched seven regionally-located Climate Hubs to act as data repositories and offer the practical, science-based tools and strategies that agricultural producers need to adapt to climate change.
PostedDec 9, 2013
In the latest step under his Climate Action Plan, President Obama signed a Memorandum on December 5th directing the Federal Government to consume 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020—more than double the current level.
PostedNov 26, 2013
Adaptation, Agriculture & Food, Extreme Events, Modeling, Observations
As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the Administration recently announced an interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities better prepare for future droughts and reduce the impact of drought events on livelihoods and the economy.