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State of the Climate in 2015

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics

The 26th edition of the annual assessment of the earth’s climate.  Summarizes the record warmth in the global climate for 2015.  Emphasizes the relationship between a changing climate and its impact on living systems.Sections on the global climate, oceans, tropics, Arctic, Antarctic, and regional climates.  From the American Meteorological Society and NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information


Interior Issues Final Regulations to Raise Safety and Environmental Standards for Any Future Exploratory Drilling in U.S. Arctic Waters

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Press release summarizing the main points of new final regulations relating to any future exploratory drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea areas of the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf.  From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of the Department of the Interior


Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf: Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Test of final regulations issued to ensure that any future exploratory energy drilling on the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf would be conducted under the highest safety and environmental standards.  From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of the Department of the Interior


GEO-6: Global Environment Outlook: Regional Assessment for North America

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,United Nations,Urban Issues

One of six regional assessments on the state of the global environment released on the occasion of the second U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi.  From the United Nations Environment Programme.


Remains of Lost 1800s Whaling Fleet Discovered Off Alaska’s Arctic Coast

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,History,Science/Technology

Press release on the discovery of two whaling ships which were among a fleet of 33 ships which were trapped and crushed in ice in September 1871. Global warming is credited with making the discovery of the ships possible. Also describes the rescue of the trapped sailors and the import of the event. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Arctic Report Card 2015

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics

Reports the air temperature in 2015 across the Arctic was well above average including temperatures over land more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit above average, the highest since records began in 1900. Features updates on key indicators as well as new reports on the plight of walruses, the northward migration of fishes, and river discharges into the Arctic Ocean. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


USGS Arctic Science Strategy 2015-2020

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

Describes U.S. goals and priorities for resource management in the Arctic region as it undergoes dramatic changes from global warming.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


State of the Climate in 2014

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

2014 was the warmest year on record for the Earth.  The report includes global climate indicators, notable weather events, and contributions from more than 400 scientists in nearly 60 countries.  Includes sections on oceans, regional climates, the tropics, and the polar regions.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Meteorological Society


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