Calculating the opposition to its passage, Senate majority leader Harry Reid withdrew plans to push sweeping climate change legislation the through the Senate this year. Instead Democrats will introduce a stripped-down bill addressing company liabilities for oil spills, expanded use of natural gas in long-haul trucks, increased spending on land and water conservation, and rebates for products that reduce home energy use. A Boston Globe article covers the news conference at which Senators Reid and John Kerry were joined by White House advisor Carol Browner (photo at right) announced the decision.
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analyzed sixty years of data collected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to examine possible links between climate change and shifts in the timing of duck migrations in the United States. Request your free copy of the 24-page report here.
U.S. Forests and Climate Change webinar offered June 20, 1:00 P.M. EDT
Contributors to the Forest Service sector report for the National Climate Assessment will describe the biological, economic and social impacts of an increasingly variable climate on forest land and discuss forest management options. The report, Effects of climatic variability and change on forest ecosystems: a comprehensive science synthesis for the U.S, is available for downloading. Click here for more information about the webinar and for registration instructions.
Building Resilience: Conservation and Climate Change
In a graphic illustrating possible steps for Kentucky to take to increase nature's resiliency under climate change, the Louisville Courier-Journal maps proposed connecting corridors among large blocks of protected land and suggests measures to support species and habitats most at risk.
Timeline of extreme weather events
Worldwide, 2012 was remarkable for extreme weather events. The World Resources Institute put together an interactive timeline highlighting 36 stories from the first eight months of the year that exemplify unusual conditions linked to climate change.
Graphic shows global temperature trends
Tracking more than 125 years of temperature changes throughout the world, this 26-second animated graphic from NASA illustrates Earth's dramatic warming in since the beginning of the "modern record" in 1880. In 2011, the Earth's average temperature was 0.92 degrees F (0.51 C) warmer than the mid-20th century baseline.
The warming trend of the past 10 years exceeds the localized, temporary heat waves of previous decades.
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