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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Climate Change and Nuclear Tensions Push Doomsday Clock Hands Forward

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 22, 2015—Warning that “the probability of global catastrophe is very high” unless quick action is taken, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board today cited unchecked climate change and global nuclear weapons modernization as the basis for their decision to move the hands of the historic Doomsday Clock forward two

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Interior Department Announces Funding for Climate Change Studies

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Department of the Interior’s regional Climate Science Centers and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center are awarding nearly $6 million to universities and other partners for 50 new research projects to better prepare communities for

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Scientists Urge Obama Administration to Stop Old-Growth Logging and Save the Tongass Rainforest

ASHLAND, Ore., Jan. 20, 2015—Seven of the nation’s top scientific societies have joined over 200 distinguished climate and natural resource scientists to urge the Obama Administration to speed up its transition out of old-growth logging on the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska.

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Giant Atmospheric Rivers Add Mass to Antarctica’s Ice Sheet

Extreme weather phenomena called atmospheric rivers were behind intense snowstorms recorded in 2009 and 2011 in East Antarctica. The resulting snow accumulation partly offset recent ice loss from the Antarctic ice sheet, report researchers from KU Leuven.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

EPA Proposal Strengthens Nation’s Preparedness Level and Response to Oil Spills

Washington, Jan. 13, 2015—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend requirements under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) to improve the nation’s ability to plan for and respond to oil spills.  This proposal addresses issues raised by the public, responders, government, and industry officials during the 2010 Deepwater

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Report Offers a Framework to Help Policymakers, Researchers, and Other Stakeholders Analyze the Effects of Potential Changes to the U.S. Food System

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2015—To aid U.S. policymakers and other stakeholders who make decisions about the nation’s food system, a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council offers a framework for assessing the health, environmental, social, and economic effects of proposed changes to the system.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Secretary Jewell Launches Comprehensive Strategy to Protect and Restore Sagebrush Lands Threatened by Rangeland Fire

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 6, 2015—Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order calling for a comprehensive science-based strategy to address the more frequent and intense wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands, particularly in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California. 

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

America’s WETLAND Foundation Report Says Private Investment Can Restore Coast

New Orleans, La., Dec. 17, 2014—The America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF) today released findings from its recent convening of diverse costal leaders, calling for cooperation within the science community on setting ecosystem values along the Gulf Coast and making private sector investment in coastal restoration attractive. Results from the meeting, held at Tabasco® headquarters on Avery

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

New Remote Sensing Developments for Forest Monitoring Take Place at the Global Landscapes Forum

Lima, Peru, Dec. 8, 2014—At the Global Landscape Forum over the weekend the World Resources Institute (WRI) launched several new initiatives of Global Forest Watch (GFW). One of these is the incorporation of CIAT’s Terra-I into the GFW platform. 

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Data for Climate Resilience

Climate change is affecting our nation in far-reaching ways. Impacts related to climate change are evident across geographic regions and in many sectors important to society—such as human health, agriculture and food security, water supply, transportation, energy, ecosystems, and others. These impacts are expected to become increasingly disruptive throughout this century and beyond.

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