Direct measurements of methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania 9 December 2014

Direct measurements of methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania

New research supported by the Climate Program Office's Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, & Climate (AC4) program was published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science on Dec. 8, 2014.

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.

Longtime RISA PI to be honored at 2014 AGU Meeting 2 December 2014

Longtime RISA PI to be honored at 2014 AGU Meeting

Kelly Redmond, Climatologist with the Desert Research Institute and Co-Principal Investigator for the Southwest Climate Science Center, will be honored for his lifetime of work at the 2014 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco on December 15-19, 2014.
CPO Staff Members to represent NOAA at UNCCC in Lima, Peru 1 December 2014

CPO Staff Members to represent NOAA at UNCCC in Lima, Peru

Staff from NOAA's Climate Program Office will attend the United National Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. 

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.

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