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.
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.
PostedAug 22, 2013
Modeling, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Human Health, Extreme Events
The rise of wildfire activity in the U.S. is an important scientific and environmental issue - one that that is being amplified by the effects of climate change.
PostedJul 26, 2013
Adaptation, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Extreme Events, Human Health, Mitigation
This issue of EPA's Science Matters features stories on how Agency researchers and their partners are helping decision makers, communities, and individuals incorporate the latest science into strategies and actions designed to protect public human health and the environment in the face of a changing climate.
PostedJun 4, 2013
Education, Extreme Events, Human Health, Cities & Infrastructure
NOAA recently unveiled a new and improved version of Climate.gov, a one-stop web resource for information about our changing climate from NOAA and agencies across the federal government.
PostedApr 4, 2013
Adaptation, Extreme Events, Human Health
Many public health impacts have been predicted for climate change , but there has been relatively little exploration of ways to minimize the risks and develop long-term adaptation strategies, according to a recent article published in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP).
PostedFeb 6, 2013
Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Cities & Infrastructure, Human Health, Extreme Events, Adaptation
According to a new technical report, the effects of climate change will continue to threaten the health and vitality of U.S. coastal communities’ social, economic and natural systems.
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.
PostedApr 18, 2012
Physical Climate, Observations, Water Resources, Human Health, Extreme Events
Last week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released temperature data showing that, in the contiguous United States, March 2012 was warmer than any other March on record.
PostedSep 27, 2010
Human Health, Extreme Events, Adaptation
A new document is available: When Every Drop Counts: Protecting Public Health During Drought Conditions A Guide for Public Health Professionals.