Obama-State-of-Union-2013President Barack Obama annouced his administration's plans for reducing carbon emissions and addressing climate change on June 25, 2013.

The plans are comprised of a series of executive orders, that do not require congressional approval. Agencies affected include EPA, Department of Interior, NOAA and NASA.  These documents were released on the day of his speech on climate at Georgetown University. View the President's speech.


You may download the plans here.



Land-Surface-Temp-Anomaly2013-04There have been a series of news articles lately, with headlines similar to this, that may be misleading the public or at a minimum confusing the issue. Knowing that those of you in the field may be getting questions, here is a little info, and some links for those who would like to explore more.

A new draft of the National Climate Assessment (NCA) is available for reading and for public comment (until April 12, 2013) at

We will post the final NCA when it becomes available.

In a Science magazine article released March 8, 2013, researchers provide a more detailed and accurate look at climate change from the most recent ice age to the present. The authors claim that today’s global temperature is warmer than 90% of the time since the last ice age, and that it is warming at a rate that is unprecedented for at least the past 11,000 years.  This is essentially a new, longer and more detailed hockey stick diagram, and it is generating a lot of interest.



The Smokies are known for their amazing biodiversity, lush forests and unique high elevation ecosystem.  Watch this video to find out how a changing climate may impact the resources that make the Smokies so special.

nasa-logoWASHINGTON -- Global plant productivity that once was on the rise with warming temperatures and a lengthened growing season is now on the decline because of regional drought according to a new study of NASA satellite data.

fire20100819-640"A series of large wildfires burning across western and central Russia, eastern Siberia and western Canada has created a noxious soup of air pollution that is affecting life far beyond national borders.

WASHINGTON -- NASA has awarded $7.7 million in cooperative agreements to 17 organizations across the United States to enhance learning through the use of NASA's Earth science resources. The selected organizations include colleges and universities, nonprofit groups, and a community college.