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.
US Global Change Research Program is pleased to announce the
publication of "US National Climate Assessment Objectives, Proposed
Topics, and Next Steps" and requests public comments. The document
describes the objectives of the National Climate Assessment (NCA)
process, provides an initial outline of the next NCA synthesis report
(scheduled for publication in June 2013), and describes the next steps
in planning for and implementing the NCA process.
comments received on these documents will be evaluated and, if
appropriate, used to inform the NCA structure and process. Updates on
the NCA structure and process will be posted on the NCA Web site (http://globalchange.gov/what-
they are available. Comments will also be provided to the Federal
Advisory Committee for the NCA, the "National Climate Assessment
Development and Advisory Committee,'' when it is constituted this fall.
All comments will be collated and posted on the NCA Web site.
We thank you for the overwhelming response regarding date selection. We will provide you with more information and a website in 5-6 weeks time. We welcome your ideas for developing the meeting.Â
Chief Scientific Advisor Elinor Ostrom
To provide a comprehensive update on the state of the planet, the pressure it is under, and the societal transformation required to move to a sustainable pathway.
The conference will discuss solutions, at all scales, based on the latest scientific evidence. It will provide scientific leadership for the Earth Summit, Rio +20, also in 2012.Â
Guiding the direction for the conference is the International Council for Science?s five grand challenges for global sustainability research: observations, forecasting, responses, thresholds and innovation. The conference will also support international assessment processes, for example the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the new biodiversity assessment, plus the Millennium Development Goals.
The London conference will act as a platform to strengthen and enlarge the global-change research community and mark a move to a new vision for global-change research. It will bring together leading social and natural scientists and young scholars, to create a new understanding for tackling global sustainability challenges. Working across scales will be a strong theme for the conference. The event will include strong policy interaction. The programme will be designed to attract policymakers, industry, health specialists, and many others, particularly from the developing world. Scientists will be encouraged to discuss options and solutions.Â
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.