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Report Released: Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change

A new report from the National Research Council calls for attention to abrupt impacts from climate change, emphasizing the need for an early warning system to help society better anticipate sudden changes and emerging impacts.

Amanda Staudt Named as Director of Climate and Polar Research Boards

The National Research Council has named Amanda Staudt as the new Director of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) and the Polar Research Board (PRB).  For the past six years, Amanda served as Senior Climate Scientist at the National Wildlife Federation, and she was a former Senior Program Officer in BASC.

Report: Effects of U.S. Tax Policy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Current federal tax provisions have minimal net effect on greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report from the National Research Council. The report found that several existing tax subsidies have unexpected effects, and others yield little reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per dollar of revenue loss.

Visit the New America’s Energy Future Website

The National Research Council’s energy news and activities will be featured on the new, improved America’s Energy Future website. Visit today to subscribe for email updates.

Report Examines Social Stress and Climate Change

Evidence of global climate change beyond the bounds of past experience has raised expectations of new stresses on societies around the world. A new report, Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis focuses on the U.S. security risks that might arise when climate-related events—including droughts, heat waves, and storms—exceed the capacity of affected populations to cope.

NRC Climate Booklet is Available in Spanish

A Spanish version of the NRC booklet, Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts Choices is now available online (as a .pdf file).  Printed booklets are not yet available in Spanish; however, 3-booklet sets of the English version are once again available from the National Academies press for the cost of $1 per set plus shipping.

Impacts of Climate Change on Alaska’s Transportation

A recent feature article in TR News, the magazine of NRC’s Transportation Research Board, explores how climate change in Alaska is forcing engineers and planners to adapt both to warming and to cooling trends. Learn more…

NRC Report Assesses Potential for 80% Emissions Reductions from Cars and Light Trucks

An NRC report released in March 2013 assesses the potential for reducing petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 80% across the U.S. light-duty vehicle fleet (cars and small trucks) by 2050, relative to 2005. Learn more…

NRC Reviews National Climate Assessment

An NRC report released last month evaluates the draft 2013 National Climate Assessment from the U.S. Global Change Research Program.  Learn more…

NRC Climate Booklet Available in Spanish

A Spanish version of the NRC booklet, Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts Choices is now available online (as a .pdf file).  Printed booklets are not yet available in Spanish; however, 3-booklet sets of the English version are once again available from the National Academies press for the cost of $1 per set plus shipping.

Study in Progress: Geoengineering

Geoengineering is a broad term for deliberate, large-scale manipulations of Earth’s environment that might be used to potentially offset some of the consequences of climate change. A new study is getting underway that will evaluate some of the more well-researched potential geoengineering technologies. the potential impacts of deploying them, including possible environmental, economic, and national security concerns. Learn more…

Study in Progress: Understanding and Monitoring Abrupt Climate Change

A study is underway that will address the likelihood of various physical components of the Earth system to undergo major and rapid changes (i.e., abrupt climate change) and, as time allows, examine some of the most important potential associated impacts and risks. This study will also explore how to monitor climate change for warnings of abrupt changes and emerging impacts. Check the study website for more information, the meetings schedule, and committee roster.

Climate Change Booklet Sets, Figures Available Online

The booklet, Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts and Choices is now available online as packaged sets for the cost of only $1 per set plus shipping.  In addition to the booklet offerings, figures from the climate change booklet have now been made available in an online figure gallery.   Read more…

Security Implications of Social Stress from Climate Change

Evidence of global climate change beyond the bounds of past experience has raised expectations of new stresses on societies around the world. A new report focuses on the U.S. security risks that might arise when climate-related events—including droughts, heat waves, and storms– exceed the capacity of affected populations to cope and respond.  Read more…

Strategies for Improving Arctic Sea Ice Projections

Satellite data show that during each of the past six summers, sea ice cover has shrunk to its smallest level in three decades. The composition of the ice is also changing, now containing a higher fraction of thin first-year ice instead of thicker multi-year ice.   A new report lays out strategies for improving sea ice projections at a time when more and more people need the information.  Read more…

Jan 28-30 Workshop on Climate Change and America’s Infrastructure

The public is invited to a capstone workshop in Tempe, AZ led by the NAE’s Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society. The goal of the workshop is to generate awareness of the many ways that climate change will challenge the nation’s technological infrastructure and what we need to do to prepare.

Take the Green Tour Challenge!

The Koshland Science Museum is taking entries until October 5 of “green tours” that show how people are adapting to climate change in their communities.  Read more at the Koshalnd website  …

New Report on Himalayan Glaciers

Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security concludes that, although scientific evidence shows that most glaciers in South Asia’s Hindu Kush Himalayan region are retreating, the consequences for the region’s water supply are unclear. Read more…

Climate Modeling 101 Website Offers Multimedia Resources

Along with its new report on advancing climate modeling, the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate has just released Climate Modeling 101, a website designed to help the public learn more about the basics of climate modeling. Read more…

New Report Examines Future of Climate Modeling

A new report finds that climate models will need to evolve substantially to deliver climate projections at the scale and level of detail desired by decision makers. Read more…

New Resources on Climate Change

The National Research Council has developed a new booklet and video designed to help the public gain a better understanding of what is known about climate change. Read more…

Report and Video Examine Sea-level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present, and Future

A new report from the National Research Council provides the first comprehensive regional projections of sea-level rise for the U.S. west coast. Read more…

Watch Our May Webinar on Lessons and Legacies of the International Polar Year

International Polar Year 2007-2008 (IPY) was an intense, coordinated field campaign of observations, research, and analysis. If you missed our May 2 event, you can still watch the presentation online. Read more…

Museum Goers Make Virtual Climate Choices at New Exhibit

Visitors to the Koshland Science Museum’s new Earth Lab exhibit, unveiled last September, have been able to see how their own virtual choices might affect greenhouse gas emissions. Read more…

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