News Highlights

New Presentation: Our Changing Climate

Climate Central presents a new outreach and education resource for meteorologists, journalists, and others—a climate change presentation, Our Changing Climate.

Another win for conservation

The conservation community has achieved another legislative victory with enactment of the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act.

Study: Urban Greenery Plays a Surprising Role in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Urban greenery adds CO2 to the atmosphere when vegetation dies and decomposes, increasing total emissions. Urban vegetation also removes this gas from the atmosphere when it photosynthesizes, causing total measured emissions to drop. Understanding the role of urban vegetation is important for managing cities’ green spaces and tracking the effects of other carbon sources.

NASA Watches Sea Level Rise from Space, and its Centers’ Windows

NASA has been monitoring global temperatures, ice melt, and sea level rise as part of its science mission for decades. Now it is also using these data to prepare its own centers for the eventual impacts.

Expert Insight: Americans want more climate coverage

Over the past five years, Americans have become much more concerned about climate change, and they want more reporting from us on local impacts and solutions.

Saving the climate from the ground up

Researchers suggest increased carbon inputs into the soil could slow down climate change and increase crop yields. They propose solutions including soil information systems with assessments of carbon-sequestration potentials, as well as incentives and policies to translate management options into region- and soil-specific practices.

NASA Supercomputing Study Breaks Ground for Tree Mapping, Carbon Research

Scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and international collaborators demonstrated a new method for mapping the location and size of trees growing outside of forests. Not only could these trees be significant carbon sinks, but they also contribute positively to economies and the ecosystems of nearby human, animal, and plant populations.

U.S. Winter Outlook: Cooler North, warmer South with ongoing La Nina

NOAA’s seasonal outlooks provide the likelihood that temperatures and total precipitation amounts will be above-, near- or below-average, and how drought conditions are favored to change. Seasonal outlooks help communities prepare for what is likely to come in the months ahead and minimize weather’s impacts on lives and livelihoods. Empowering people with actionable forecasts and winter weather safety tips is key to NOAA’s effort to build a more Weather-Ready Nation. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center updates the three-month outlook each month.

Mapping CO2 Emissions to Improve Policy Making

Cities account for roughly 70% of the global emissions of fossil fuel carbon dioxide. Understanding where and when these emissions occur is critical to the science of climate change and to guiding the steps needed to lower these emissions. The Vulcan version 3.0 fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions data product quantifies all of these emissions for the entire U.S. domain at spatial scales of 1 km2 for every hour from the years 2010–2015. It is constructed from a large number of publicly available data sources such as pollution reporting, energy statistics, powerplant stack monitoring, and traffic counts. This data product is freely available for scientific research and policy guidance purposes and offers insights, understanding, and application to practical questions.

Happy National Public Lands Day!

Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits. This year, National Public Lands Day falls on September 26, 2020.

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