USDA Forest Service Unveils Proposed Planning Rule to Provide Science-Based Framework to Support Healthy Forests and Communities
Forest Service Seeks Public Comment on...
VIDEO: Climate Change - Wildlife & WildlandsLast Updated on 2013-07-11 15:42:39
EPA partnered with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Park Service,U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management to produce a new educational kit, Climate Change, Wildlife, and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators.The kit contains case studies, activities, and a video based on the highest quality climate science, environmental education and stewardship information, and is designed to educate, inspire, and engage students everywhere to become stewards of our nations wildlife and ecosystems.
This video will help people understand the importance of Wildlife and Wildland and how it is affected by recent changes in climate.
This 13-minute, high definition, engaging and highly informative video on climate change science and impacts on wildlife and... More »
Bioenergy: Chances and LimitsLast Updated on 2012-07-26 10:38:28
This report from the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has come to the conclusion that in quantitative terms, bioenergy plays a minor role in the transition to renewable, sustainable energy sources in Germany at the present time and probably into the future.
Bioenergy – Chances and Limits
The Leopoldina’s statement “Bioenergy – Chances and Limits” [Bioenergie: Möglichkeiten und Grenzen] provides a comprehensive analysis of the use of bioenergy. It was compiled by a working group of more than 20 expert scientists established in 2010 and outlines under which conditions the utilization of bioenergy is appropriate.
In recent years Germany has seen a steady rise in the number of energy crops being cultivated for the production of biofuels and biogas. Because bioenergy is so versatile and easy to store, the German... More »
Climate Change Escape RoutesLast Updated on 2011-11-04 00:00:00One if by Land, Two if by Sea?
Climate Change "Escape Routes"
Similar movement rates needed for animals and plants on land and in the oceans
One if by land, two if by sea? Results of a study published in the Science [Science Magazine, 4 November 2011] show how fast animal and plant populations would need to move to keep up with recent climate change effects in the ocean and on land. The answer: at similar rates.
The study was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and performed in part through the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.
"That average rates of environmental change in the oceans and on land are similar is not such a surprise," says Henry Gholz, program director in NSF's Division of Environmental Biology. "But averages deceive," Gholz says, "and this study shows that rates of change are at times ... More »
Climate changing national landscapesLast Updated on 2011-06-25 00:00:00
NOAA, American Public Gardens Association unveil
partnership to enhance awareness
"Changing climate is changing plants" sign.
High resolution (Credit: NOAA)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) today announced an innovative pilot project at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., that links NOAA’s internationally recognized climate services and APGA’s public gardens, which receive more than 70 million visitors a year. This marks the beginning of a new partnership focused on educating gardeners and garden enthusiasts about the possible effects of climate change on America’s gardens, landscapes and green spaces.
“Climate change is happening now, and it’s beginning to affect the things we care about, such as our treasured gardens, parks and ... More »
Module: Advanced Topics in Remote SensingLast Updated on 2011-06-07 00:00:00
Landsat Data has been prepared for each participating campus. Using the 30 yr Landsat period from 1975 to 2005, data can be used to examine changes in land cover, abundance of vegetation in the summer (peak abundance) and relate changes to climate conditions. Each Landsat scene covers an area approximately 185 km x 185 km and the data is provided in a digital format. Landsat data from 1975 to 2005 was acquired for each campus location. Data consisted of an image from 1975, and one each from 1990, 2000 and 2005. Summer images were selected to acquire data near the time of maximum vegetation cover. CAVEAT: data was not acquired on the exact same date each year due to cloud cover or other data problems however, all images were collected within the same very small time frame.
Landsat 1975 data was acquired by the Multispectral Scanner (MSS), the... More »
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