On 10 September 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced 15 awardees
who will take the lead in planning collaborations across the United
States as part of the Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP)
program. This program will connect climate scientists, experts in
theories on how people learn science, and formal and informal education
experts, with the goal of increasing public understanding of global
climate change and preparing the next generation of scientists and
educators. Each partnership will work to identify and disseminate
scientifically accurate educational resources, with the end goal being that the
materials developed through this program will be available to help both classroom
teachers and informal educators address students' questions about climate change from
a solid scientific basis. For more information, please see the NSF press release at http://nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=117685&org=NSF&from=news.
A new study co-authored by USGS scientists has used genomics to show that a distinct decline in horseshoe crab numbers has
occurred that parallels climate change associated with the end of the
last Ice Age. The new research largely supported findings of recent significant declines in all areas
where horseshoe crabs occur along the West Atlantic Coast from Maine to
Florida and the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and it the findings indicate that horseshoe crabs numbers may
continue to decline in the future because of predicted climate change. For the full story, please see http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2576
Dr. Doug Beard has been selected as the new chief of the National
Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). The Center, which is part
of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), is tasked with helping resource managers and others understand and develop tools to protect fish, wildlife, and their habitats from the effects of climate change. Beard will also oversee the
establishment and program direction of the Department of the Interior's
eight regional Climate Science Centers.
Beard served as the interim director of the NCCWSC since September
2009. He has previously served as program coordinator for fisheries and
aquatic and endangered resources at USGS and held positions in wildlife management in the Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources. Beard holds a Ph.D. in zoology.
On July 28, 2010, NOAA released the 2009 State of the Climate report. This report draws on
data for 10 key climate indicators that all point to the same finding:
the scientific evidence that our world is warming is unmistakable. More
than 300 scientists from 160 research groups in 48 countries
contributed to the report, which confirms that the past decade was the
warmest on record and that the Earth has been growing warmer over the
last 50 years. For a 10 page summary of the report, click here or see a full supplemental package at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2009.php.
On June 22, 2010, the National Research Council released the last of its four reports on America's Climate Choices, entitled "Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change." The report highlights several key recommendations in order to meet national needs for state-of-the-art information on
climate change, its impacts, and response options. One of these recommendations is that a coordinated system
of climate services is needed; such a system would require the
involvement of multiple agencies and regional expertise, with very
clear leadership at the highest level of government. A federally
supported and reliable system for greenhouse gas monitoring, reporting,
verification, and management is also a priority. And finally, the public wants more information on climate change, therefore, the report also recommends the creation of a
national task force on climate communication and education. For more information, see http://americasclimatechoices.org/panelinforming.shtml.