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Climate Change Adaptation by Federal Agencies: An Analysis of Plans and Issues for Congress

Categories: Climate Change,Homeland Security

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43915.pdf

Reviews current actions (as of January 2015) of selected federal agencies to adapt their missions, infrastructure, operations, and personnel to anticipated climate change threats as a response to Presidential Executive order 13653.  Includes summaries of adaptation plans for about 12 agencies.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

NASA Study Finds Carbon Emissions Could Dramatically Increase Risk of U.S. Megadroughts

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/february/nasa-study-finds-carbon-emissions-could-dramatically-increase-risk-of-us/#.VN4G6mO9aPw

Press release with summary of scientific article on likelihood of major droughts in the southwestern U.S. after 2050 due to effects of climate change.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

National Security Strategy

Categories: Arms Control,Climate Change,Headlines,Health/Medical,Homeland Security,Terrorism,WMD

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2015_national_security_strategy_2.pdf

Updates the strategy document released five years ago.  Cites the leading threats as attacks on the homeland or on American citizens abroad, global economic crisis, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, infectious disease outbreaks, and climate change.  From the White House

 

Tracing CO2 Emissions in Global Value Chains

Categories: Business/Economics,Climate Change,Environment,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics

http://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/ec201412a.pdf

Traces carbon dioxide emissions in global production and trade among 41 economies in 35 sectors from 1995 to 2009 to show the impact on the environment.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission

 

NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/january/nasa-determines-2014-warmest-year-in-modern-record/index.html#.VLlfqWOa-JY

2014 was the warmest to date and 9 of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000.  Argues the warming trend increases the importance of climate study and the impacts of human activity.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

State of the Climate Summary Report 2014

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2014/13

 

Reports that average U.S. temperatures in 2014 exceeded the 20th Century average for the 18th consecutive year.  Provides information on temperature, precipitation and significant weather events for 2014.  From the National Climatic Data Center

 

From the Extreme to the Mean: Acceleration and Tipping Points of Coastal Inundation from Sea Level Rise

Categories: Climate Change,Statistics,Weather/Disasters

 http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20141218_sealevelrise.html

Predicts that sea level rise from global warming will threaten a majority of U.S. coastal areas with 30 or more days of flooding each year by 2050.  Lists coastal cities such as Norfolk and Washington and when they will surpass the tipping point for flooding.  Press release with links to text of article in academic journal.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2014

www.arctic.noaa.gov/report14/ArcticReportCard_full_report.pdf

 

Warns that the Arctic region is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on Earth.  Covers the air temperature, snow cover, sea ice, Greenland Ice Sheet, the status of polar bears and more.  See also links for previous Arctic report cards.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

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