Researchers offer new insights into predicting future droughts in California 8 December 2014

Researchers offer new insights into predicting future droughts in California

This NOAA Drought Task Force/NIDIS report details the results of an extensive multi-research-group analysis of the causes and predictability of the drought. The report finds that the exceedingly warm and dry conditions that caused the drought were due to a high pressure ridge off the west coast of the United States influenced heavily by anomalous sea surface temperatures. These influences are attributed to natural variability.

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit celebrates rollout 17 November 2014

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit celebrates rollout

Using plain language and easy-to-use tools, the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit illustrates climate-related vulnerabilities that communities and businesses face, from national to local scales, and summarizes steps they can take to become more resilient.

New research shows ocean warming poses "immediate threat" to keystone reef-building coral in the Caribbean 6 November 2014

New research shows ocean warming poses "immediate threat" to keystone reef-building coral in the Caribbean

New research published in The Proceeding of the Royal Society - Biological Sciences provides new insights on the threat  ocean warming poses on coral growth in Mesoamerican barrier reefs.  The research, partially funded by CPO's Climate Monitoring program, used laboratory experiments to examine the adverse effects of ocean warming and acidification, and showed that the warming predicted by the IPCC for the end of the 21st century produced a five-fold decrease in coral calcification - the process by which corals produce calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and build reefs.

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