Climate Change News
By Lauren Gardner – Roll Call – January 14, 2014
A group of Native Alaskans traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to plead for congressional action on climate change as they grapple with its dramatic impacts. Residents of the village of Shishmaref, located on a barrier island off Alaska’s northwest coast, described their community’s drastically changing landscape and the effects of the warming climate on their culture to the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change on Tuesday. For full story, click here.
The National Weather Service (NWS) Climate Services Division Seminar Series was created to build capacity in NWS field offices on climate-related topics. Speakers are chosen based on suggestions from NWS field offices for topics of interest. To view upcoming and past seminars, click here.
Conservation Magazine – December 31, 2013
Mangroves are on the move. In Florida, these valuable coastal forests have expanded to the north — thanks to a drop in the number of cold snaps. Mangroves are important ecosystems that support fish, birds, and other coastal critters. They also store carbon and provide a buffer against damaging storms. Researchers estimate that these “services” are worth about $1.6 trillion per year. For full article, click here.
By Cheryl Katz – The Daily Climate – December 18, 2013
A fierce wind shrieks down the glacier slope, flinging ice and grit like a weather-witch from an old Icelandic saga. The glacier, Solheimajokull, a tongue of ice reaching toward Iceland's southeast coast, has become an apologue of climate change in recent years: Retreating an average of one Olympic pool-length every year for the past two decades due to climbing temperatures, warming ocean currents and disrupted seasons. For full story, click here.
Water Online – December 10, 2013
For the first time, maps and summaries of historical and projected temperature and precipitation changes for the 21stcentury for the continental U.S. are accessible at a county-by-county level on a website developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with the College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. The maps and summaries are based on NASA downscaling of the 33 climate models used in the 5th Climate Model Intercomparison Project and the current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report. The resulting NASA dataset is on an 800-meter grid with national coverage. For full story, click here.
By Allison Winter – Environmental News Network – November 22, 2013
Most butterflies will become active or wake from hibernation during the first warm days of spring. However, emerging too early and facing unpredictable elements could be detrimental to the survival of the butterfly as they could encounter frost and harsher weather during consequent days of their short adult lives. According to new research from the University of British Columbia, the Université de Sherbrooke and the University of Ottawa, increasing temperatures caused by global climate change will ultimately affect the flight season timing of these winged beauties. For full story, click here.
Contact: Teresa Newton – U.S. Geological Survey – December 3, 2013
Rising water temperatures as a result of climate change may harm already endangered or threatened native freshwater mussels in North America, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.
PHYS.org – December 4, 2013
Left to themselves, coastal wetlands can resist rapid levels of sea-level rise. But humans could be sabotaging some of their best defenses, according to a Nature review paper published Thursday from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. For full story, click here.
Columbia Law School – October 30, 2013
State and municipal governments across the United States can employ a variety of legal tools to discourage or prevent development or redevelopment along risky coasts, according to a new study released by the Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which struck the New York metropolitan area and caused $65 billion in damages in 2012. For full story, click here. To view report, click here.