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Will Congress Allow NOAA to Help Meet the Increasing Demand for Climate Information?

Written by Adriana Cerbin on . Posted in Act, Learn, The Wonk Room

…l Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s proposal to open a Climate Service line office, a new division within NOAA, to provide scientific assistance to farmers and managers of fisheries, water supplies, and transportation systems among others to help them better prepare for and manage the risks of changes to our planet. This proposal, which we blogged about back in February, would allow NOAA to strengthen science and more efficiently provide c…

Budget Cuts to NOAA Threaten Coastal Security and Public Health

Written by Tom Fry on . Posted in Act, Learn, The Wonk Room

As our economy slowly picks itself up from recession, it makes sense for the federal government to tighten its belt as all Americans must. However, keeping our common goals for a healthy and prosperous future in mind, we must also avoid the tendency to be penny-wise and pound-foolish. In an effort to rein in government spending and reduce the federal deficit, House Republicans were successful last week in passing numerous cuts to climate change…

Carbon Dioxide Emissions = More Warming = More Extreme Weather

Written by Eric Haxthausen on . Posted in Extreme weather, Learn

This post was originally published at the National Journal’s Energy & Environmental Experts blog as a response to the question: Does global warming increase the risk of extreme weather? The science is clear: Warmer temperatures accommodate more water vapor in the atmosphere. This in turn leads to more instability and increased risk of extreme storms and weather events.  And we are indeed seeing more extreme precipitation events than a…

U.S. Disaster Early-Warning Systems in Danger of Congressional Budget Cuts

Written by Tom Fry on . Posted in Act, The Wonk Room

…are when disasters like last week’s earthquakes and tsunami happen. Early-warning systems like those managed by NOAA unquestionably save lives. Yet Congress wants to cut money from our country’s ability to keep abreast of changing natural conditions that have the power to send our highly developed society reeling from disruptive and extreme disasters. NOAA’s systems are key to assessing risk. And those risk assessments, in turn, are based on a r…

Climate Change News: What’s Interesting This Week

Written by Stephanie Hedean on . Posted in Act, Extreme weather, Learn, The Wonk Room

…heric Administration chief Jane Lubchenco told The Associated Press. (AP) U.S. Sees Hottest 12 Months on Record: NOAA Calls Record Heat a One-in-1.6-Million Event NOAA has released its “State of the Climate Global Analysis” for June 2012. The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during June was 71.2°F, which is 2.0°F above the 20th century average. The June temperatures contributed to a record-warm first half of the year and the warmest 1…

In the News: What We’re Reading this Week

Written by Stephanie Hedean on . Posted in Uncategorized

In the News is a Planet Change selection of the latest news, stories and images on climate change, nature, our environment and the impacts of a changing planet. This is what we’ve found and what we’re reading. What about you? Image: Day and night temperature records, March 2012. Credit: National Climate Data Center/NESDIS/NOAA March 2012 Sets Record as the Warmest Ever in US The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOA…

Climate Change News: Adaptation Projects, the Transformation of the Australian Bush and Food Security

Written by Stephanie Hedean on . Posted in Extreme weather, Learn

Climate Change in the News is a Planet Change selection of the latest news on climate change, nature, our environment and the impacts of a changing planet. Here’s what we’ve found and are reading. Tell us what interesting news has hit your screens this week. Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Bangladesh The Bangladesh Community-Based Adaptation Project, executed by Bangladesh’s Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and imple…

Climate Change News: What’s Interesting This Week

Written by Stephanie Hedean on . Posted in Act, Extreme weather, Learn

Climate Change News is a Planet Change selection of the latest news on climate change, nature, our environment and the impacts of a changing planet. Here’s what we’ve found and are reading. Tell us what interesting news has hit your screens this week. Video: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Coral Reefs Coral reefs are beautiful, diverse, productive ecosystems. Many people love to marvel at these rainforests of the sea, but how much do…

Oysters on the Thin-Shell: Signs of Ocean Acidification

Written by Sarah G. Newkirk on . Posted in Learn

Editor’s Note: Today Planet Change features another post from the California Climate Change Chronicles, or C4, a periodic blog providing a California perspective on climate change policy and innovation. Sarah Newkirk helps us understand how our oceans are changing and what it means for a favorite delicacy. In my last blog on this site, I celebrated emerging efforts to restore native Olympia oysters in San Francisco Bay for their value in m…

Keeping Ourselves (And Our Money) Safe

Written by Jennifer McKnight on . Posted in Learn

With 10 natural disasters this year that have each cost more than $1 billion, the United States can now make the claim of being home to the most costly damage caused by extreme weather on Earth. This makes the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force’s new report on how we’re doing at preparing ourselves in the face of major disruptions to our climate system all the more urgent. The Task Force’s “progress report” reiterates that our nati…

With All This Global Warming, Why is it So Cold?

Written by Eric Haxthausen on . Posted in Learn

Well, this is why we now use the term climate change. Jeff Masters at the Weather Underground has a good post on what is happening with our weather that is making it so cold. And there is a good graphic at NOAA website that explains it. The explanation that is gaining currency among climate scientists is that low levels of Arctic sea ice during the summer are causing more heat to be absorbed in the Arctic during the fall, and changing atmospheri…

Just 20 Inches Could Make a Disastrous Difference

Written by Robert Lalasz on . Posted in Learn

Editor’s Note: Today’s post features a Q&A by Robert Lalasz that originally appeared Jan. 3 on Cool Green Science. He discusses a new study that finds signficiant risks from sea level rise on the southern shores of Long Island with lead author Christine Shepard, a postdoctoral fellow with The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Team, and a member of the Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience project. The project, which seeks to…

In the News this Week

Written by Stephanie Hedean on . Posted in Learn

In the News is a Planet Change selection of news, stories and images on topics relating to climate change, nature, our environment and the impacts of a changing planet. Feeding the World in a Changing Climate With climate change affecting ecosystems around the world, food security is a growing concern. A recently released report Achieving Food Security in the Wake of Climate Change, produced by the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Cl…

Climate Change News: Drought, Heat and a Converted Skeptic

Written by Stephanie Hedean on . Posted in Extreme weather, Learn, The Wonk Room

Climate Change News is a Planet Change selection of the latest news on climate change, nature, our environment and the impacts of a changing planet. Here’s what we’ve found and are reading. Tell us what interesting news has hit your screens this week. Drought in the U.S., Food and Global Insecurity The national Drought Monitor recently declared a drought for almost 80% of the contiguous United States, ranging in intensity from “abnormally dry”…

President’s Climate Change Plan Calls for Action to Adapt, Builds on Solid Progress

Written by Sarah Murdock on . Posted in Act

On the day after President Obama re-galvanized the U.S. conversation on climate change by delivering his speech on a comprehensive plan for action, I was traveling to Hoboken, N.J.  As I walked around the city and dined along the Hudson River, I tried to visualize what it must have looked like a mere 8 months ago, when the ocean surged through city streets, causing apartment dwellers to flee. Visually, it looks like the city is back in business,…

Is 2011’s Crazy Year in Weather Our “New Normal”?

Written by Frank Lowenstein on . Posted in Extreme weather, Learn

As The Nature Conservancy’s lead scientist discussed on the CBS Early Show on Monday, this has been by all counts a very extreme and wacky year for weather. Last Saturday evening while walking to the variety show at my son’s college, snow began to fall, mixing with the puddles from the day’s rain and clinging to boots and the hems of jeans. Two hours later the world had changed. The streets of Waltham, Massachusetts were nearly impassable—not…

Crazy Weather Heightens Flood Worries, Risks

Written by Lisa Hayden on . Posted in Extreme weather, Learn

After a winter for the record books, the great spring thaw is underway. In its spring flood outlook, the National Weather Service reports that a large swath of the nation’s mid-section is at risk of moderate to major flooding over the next month. The zone of greatest flood risk from snow-covered, water-saturated ground ranges from northeastern Montana, along the Mississippi River as far south as St. Louis. In New England, also with an above aver…

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