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Arctic Report Card 2015

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

http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard/

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

http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2015/3049/fs20153049.pdf

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

http://www2.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/publications/bulletin-of-the-american-meteorological-society-bams/state-of-the-climate/state-of-climate-in-2014/

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

 

NASA Study Shows Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf Nearing Its Final Act

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

http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-study-shows-antarctica-s-larsen-b-ice-shelf-nearing-its-final-act

Press release about scientific study of collapsing Antarctic ice shelf, in existence for 10,000 years but expected to completely disappear before the end of the decade.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Canada,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Russia,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41153.pdf

Reviews climate and political changes relating to the Arctic, the scramble among Arctic countries for mineral rights, and other potentially destabilizing issues.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Arctic NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.fws.gov/home/arctic-ccp/

Complete updated comprehensive conservation plan including Executive Summary.  Revises the 1988 plan to provide management direction for the next 15-20 years.  From the  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan: Final Environmental Impact Statement: Executive Summary

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.fws.gov/home/arctic-ccp/pdfs/Executive_Summary_Jan2015.pdf

Revises the 1988 Plan to provide management direction for the next 15-20 years for the ANWR region.  From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

Obama Administration Moves to Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/obama-administration-moves-to-protect-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge.cfm

Agency press release with summary of plans to protect some 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in northern Alaska from development.  From the Interior Department

 

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