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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Tracking Environmental Data, Mosquitoes to Fight West Nile Virus

July 2, 2015—When it comes to fighting West Nile virus, it’s all about timing. Through a three-year NASA grant, two South Dakota State University researchers will help mosquito control officials use mosquito surveillance and environmental data to target West Nile virus.

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

SMOS Sings The Song of Ice and Fire

July 2, 2015 — While ESA’s water mission continues to deliver key information on soil moisture and ocean salinity to advance our understanding of Earth, it is becoming increasingly important for ‘real world’ applications, further demonstrating the societal benefit of Earth observation.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Global Synthesis of Large Wildland Fires Shows They Are Ecologically Beneficial

ASHLAND, Ore., July 1, 2015—Twenty-five leading fire scientists from around the world released a new synthesis “The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix” published by Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. 

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center Releases Report to Help State Wildlife Managers Alleviate Impacts of Climate Change

AMHERST, Mass., June 29, 2015—Interior Department’s Northeast Climate Science Center has released a report today synthesizing the latest information on the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change in a 22-state region in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.  

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

DOI, USDA, EPA, NOAA and USACE Announce Additional Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative Sites to Prepare Natural Resources for Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2015 — The Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today recognized three new collaborative landscape partnerships across the country.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Researchers Rush to Understand Warming Trend in Alaska

June 10, 2015—A group of scientists from the Atmospheric Measurement Research (ARM) Climate Research Facility won’t be looking for gold or oil this summer as they crisscross Alaska’s North Slope in an airplane. Instead, the ARM Airborne Carbon Measurements V (ARM-ACME V) team—led by Sebastien Biraud from U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Assessing the Vulnerability of European Cities to Climate Change

June 8, 2015—The European Environment Agency (EEA) published today a series of interactive maps, illustrating various climate threats European cities face as well as cities’ capacity to respond to these threats. This new ‘map book’ provides background information and allows users to view the maps, selecting different parameters.

Friday, June 5th, 2015

New NOAA Analysis Shows No Recent Slowdown in Global Warming

June 4, 2015—A new study published online today in the journal Science finds that the rate of global warming during the last 15 years has been as fast as or faster than that seen during the latter half of the 20th Century. The study refutes the notion that there has been a slowdown or “hiatus” in the rate of global

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Tanzania Begins to Face its Elephant Disaster

Tanzanian Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Lazaro Nyalandu yesterday announced the latest estimates of elephant populations in Tanzania, demonstrating a catastrophic decline over the past decade, with numbers plummeting from an estimated 109,051 in 2009 to 43,330 in 2014.  A government press release concluded that it was highly likely that the decline was caused

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

ORNL-led Team Spearheads Approach to Improve Ecosystem Models

May 28-2015—Predicting how forests will respond to increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide involves understanding the interplay among carbon dioxide, nutrients, water, plant and soil processes. This multitude of variables challenges scientists who are trying to gauge how future ecosystems will react in a changing climate.

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