The Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced four collaborative landscape partnerships to make important lands and waters more resilient to climate change . Federal agencies will work with local, state, and tribal organizations in southwest Florida, Hawaiʻi, Washington, and the Great Lakes.
PostedDec 10, 2014
Water Resources, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Adaptation
Climate.Data.gov has been expanded to include a new suite of Federal data and geospatial tools related to water and ecosystems. These freely available resources and a host of associated public, private, and philanthropic commitments are intended to spur innovation and help environmental planners, natural resource managers, and others make informed decisions under changing climate conditions.
PostedJun 17, 2014
Water Resources, Ecosystems & Biodiversity
News for fans of fish and fishing: scientists have found a link between climate change and the genetic decline of native cutthroat trout.
PostedMay 29, 2014
Oceans, Physical Climate, Observations, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Education, Indicators, Human Health
A new EPA report presents a set of 30 indicators that track the causes and effects of climate change . Written for general audiences, the report aims to help readers understand long-term climate-related trends observed across the atmosphere, oceans, snow and ice, ecosystems, and public health.
PostedJun 7, 2013
Oceans, Scenarios, Modeling, Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity
According to a new U.S. Geological Survey report, San Francisco Bay - which has already lost the majority of its marsh habitat since the 19th Century - could lose even more marshes by the year 2100, due to sea level rise.
PostedApr 23, 2013
Agriculture & Food, Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Energy, Oceans, Water Resources
In recognition of Earth Day 2013, the USGS is highlighting examples of climate change impacts to a variety of places and people across the globe.
PostedMar 26, 2013
Oceans, Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Adaptation
In cooperation with state, tribal, and federal agency partners, the Obama Administration today released the first nationwide strategy to help public and private decision makers prepare for and reduce the current and future impacts of climate change on species, habitats, ecosystems, and the people and economies that depend on them.
PostedFeb 6, 2013
Ecosystems & Biodiversity
While the iconic Haleakal silversword plant made a strong recovery from early 20th century threats, it has now entered a period of substantial climate-related decline. New research published this week warns that global warming may have severe consequences for the silversword in its native habitat.
PostedDec 24, 2012
Ecosystems & Biodiversity
Plant and animal species are shifting their geographic ranges and the timing of their life events such as flowering, laying eggs or migrating at faster rates than researchers documented just a few years ago, according to a technical report on biodiversity and ecosystems used as scientific input for the 2013 Third National Climate Assessment.
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.