Climate Change News

Health benefits offset costs of climate policies

By Amanda Peterka – E & E Publishing, LLC – August 25, 2014

Savings due to avoided health problems help offset -- and in some cases greatly outweigh -- the costs of carbon dioxide-cutting policies in the United States, according to a new study. The study, led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found that health benefits offset between 26 and 1,050 percent of the cost of greenhouse gas reduction policies. The study examined three different types of climate policies: a clean-energy standard, a transportation policy targeting on-road vehicles and a cap-and-trade program. For full story, click here.

EPA Announces 2015 Climate Leadership Awards Applications


EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) through cost-effective partnerships across the U.S. economy. As part of this commitment, EPA co-sponsors the Climate Leadership Awards (CLA) with three NGO partners: The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO),  the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES),  and The Climate Registry (The Registry). The Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. In February 2012, the first-ever awards were presented to one individual and 20 organizations from across the U.S. who are leading the way in the management and reduction of GHG emissions — both in internal operations and throughout the supply chain. Now in its fourth year, the awards continue to honor and highlight leadership in addressing climate change by reducing carbon pollution and implementing adaptation planning initiatives. For more information, click here.

Hundreds of Methane Plumes Erupting Along East Coast

By Becky Oskin Live Science August 24, 2014

In an unexpected discovery, hundreds of gas plumes bubbling up from the seafloor were spotted during a sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast. Even though ocean explorers have yet to test the gas, the bubbles are almost certainly methane, researchers report today (Aug. 24) in the journal Nature Geoscience. "We don't know of any explanation that fits as well as methane," said lead study author Adam Skarke, a geologist at Mississippi State University in Mississippi State. For full story, click here.

NOAA Offers Climate Prediction Center GIS Portal

NOAA Climate Prediction Center GIS

NOAA's National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center routinely delivers products that include operational predictions of climate variability, real-time global climate monitoring products, and assessments of the origins of climate anomalies. The GIS Portal application, developed by the NOAA National Ocean Service/Special Projects Office, is in the initial phase of displaying the Climate Prediction Center's suite of monitoring, assessment, and forecast products in the form of geographically-based maps. At this time only selected variables are available. One of the long-term goals of this project is to provide products via Web Mapping Service. For more information, click here.

Climate change reflected in altered Missouri River flow, report says

By Maya Srikrishnan – Los Angeles Times – August 17, 2014

Montana farmer Rocky Norby has worked the land along the Missouri River for more than 20 years, coaxing sugar beets and malted barley out of the arid ground. "Every year it gets worse," he said. "There's not enough water to get through our pumps." Last month, he said, he spent more than $10,000 trying to remove the sand from his clogged irrigation system. The Missouri River's stream flow has changed significantly over the last 50 years, leading to serious water shortages in Montana and Wyoming and flooding in the Dakotas, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released last month. For full story,click here.

Keystone Could Add 400% More CO2 Than State Dept Estimated

By John H. Cushman, Jr. – Inside Climate News – August 11, 2014

Building the Keystone XL pipeline to bring Canadian tar sands oil to refineries in the United States could add more than 100 million additional metric tons of carbon dioxide to world emissions—four times more than the maximum estimated in the State Department's study of the project's environmental impact, according to a new study. For full story, click here.

Plants have unexpected response to climate change

By Jennifer Balmer – Science Magazine – August 8, 2014

Not all species flee rising temperatures. As the mercury has inched upward across western North America over the last 40 years, many plant species have moved downhill, toward—not away from—warmer climates, according to the results of a new study. The finding adds to growing evidence that temperature isn’t the only factor influencing how Earth’s life will respond to climate change. For full article, click here.

In Arctic Temperature Causing Extreme Weather In US, Europe, Claims New Study

By Avaneesh Pandey – International Business Times – August 12, 2014

A rapid rise in temperature in the Arctic region over the last two decades could be responsible for extreme weather events throughout the northern hemisphere, scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany said in a study published Monday. Both U.S. and Europe have seen cold snaps, heat waves and flooding in recent years. “The large number of recent high-impact extreme weather events has struck and puzzled us,” Dim Coumou, lead author of the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said in a press release. “Of course we are warming our atmosphere by emitting CO2 from fossil fuels, but the increase in devastating heat waves in regions like Europe or the US seems disproportionate.” For full story, click here.

NOAA Climate Program Office Releases 2015-2019 Strategic Plan

Climate Program Office

The plan leverages CPO's position at the intersection of NOAA"s science and service missions, the climate research community, and the broader climate enterprise to help guide the office towards its vision: "People, businesses and the environment thriving in the face of climate impacts."  The plan will also enable to office to lead a research agenda and forge partnerships that enhance society's ability to make effective decisions. For more about the Strategic Plan, click here. To download CPO Strategic Plan,click here