A comprehensive U.S. Forest Service report released Tuesday examines the ways expanding populations, increased urbanization, and changing land-use patterns could profoundly impact natural resources nationwide during the next 50 years.
PostedDec 24, 2012
Ecosystems & Biodiversity
Plant and animal species are shifting their geographic ranges and the timing of their life events such as flowering, laying eggs or migrating at faster rates than researchers documented just a few years ago, according to a technical report on biodiversity and ecosystems used as scientific input for the 2013 Third National Climate Assessment.
PostedDec 24, 2012
Adaptation, Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Human Health, Cities & Infrastructure, Oceans, Water Resources
EPA announces the release of the final National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change , following a public comment period.
PostedDec 14, 2012
Observations, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Indicators, Human Health, Extreme Events
In front of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) national headquarters building in Reston, Va., two genetically identical lilac bushes are rooted in the earth. To casual observers, they are fragrant adornments to the landscaped property. But to ecologist Jake Weltzin and geographer John Jones—USGS scientists who study plant and animal life-cycle events—they are “Li” and “Lac,” two small but important pieces of a developing climate change indicator system.
PostedDec 11, 2012
Oceans, Physical Climate, Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Carbon Cycle, Indicators, Human Health, Adaptation
A new EPA report brings together data from multiple public and peer-reviewed datasets to show observed changes over time in 26 indicators of climate change – including measures of greenhouse gases , high and low temperatures, heavy rainfall, snowfall, pollen season and sea level rise.