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What's Happening to Stratospheric Ozone over the Arctic, and Why?
Is Arctic stratospheric ozone undergoing depletion? USGCRP Seminar, 14 July 2000 (255KB PDF file)
The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for the Water Resources of the United States (1.8MB PDF file)
New report suggests that climate change may have serious impacts on national water resources. Latest in a series of reports from the U.S. National Assessment predicts changes in runoff, rising sea levels, and increased risks of flooding.
Terrestrial Sequestration Program: Capture and Storage of Carbon in Terrestrial Ecosystems (2.1MB PDF file)
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and Office of Science are jointly carrying out research on the capture and storage of carbon in terrestrial ecosystems. The goal of the program, which is managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory, is to provide economically competitive and environmentally safe options for offsetting the projected growth in carbon dioxide emissions.

Climate Change Impacts for the United States: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change

The National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change is a landmark in the major ongoing effort to understand what climate change means for the United States. The Assessment was called for by a 1990 law, and has been conducted under the US Global Change Research Program in response to a request from the President’s Science Advisor. This site contains the final version of the report of the National Assessment Synthesis Team, which was a federal advisory committee made up of experts drawn from government, universities, industry, and non-governmental organizations. The report is provided in two parts: (1) an Overview report, and (2) a Foundation report that provides additional detail and full references. Information about obtaining printed copies of the report is available from Cambridge University Press.
Our Changing Planet - The FY 2001 US Global Change Research Program
An annual report by the Subcommittee on Global Change Research, Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the National Science and Technology Council. Our Changing Planet describes the US Global Change Research Program for FY 2001. Federal Agency activities and funding levels are presented. A printed copy of this publication can be obtained without charge by mail from GCRIO (see contact information at bottom of page) or by using our on-line document request form.
Climate Variability and Change in the Southwest: Impacts, Information Needs, and Issues for Policymaking (773Kb PDF file)
At the request of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and other units at The University of Arizona organized and hosted the Southwest Regional Climate Change Symposium and Workshop in Tucson, Arizona, on September 3-5, 1997. The intent of the symposium and workshop was to bring together important stakeholders--representatives from the private sector, government agencies, educational institutions, and interested citizens--to determine the state-of-knowledge, information and research needs, and possible policy strategies related to the impacts of and responses to climate variability and change in the Southwest.
Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (21 September 2000)
This hearing follows two others--one examining the science behind global warming as a means of defining the issue of climate change (17 May 2000) and the other addressing the National Assessment Report, Climate Change Impacts on the United States (18 July 2000). This current hearing examines a few of the many solutions or approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
CONSEQUENCES: The Nature and Implications of Environmental Change
Volume 5, issue 2 of Consequences features three review articles on El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon and its global impacts. Steven Zebiak writes about "El Niño and the Science of Climate Prediction"; Chester Ropelewski's article is "The Great El Niño of of 1997 and 1998: Impacts on Precipitation and Temperature"; and E. S. Sarachik brings us "The Application of Climate Information".
Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (18 July 2000)
A national assessment of the potential impacts of climate change was called for in the 1990 legislation that established the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). To respond to this charge, the USGCRP began the National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change in 1997 by initiating a series of 20 workshops around the country to identify the critical interfaces between climate change, the environment, and society. A draft report was released for public review on June 12. The July 18th hearing was to hear testimony on the draft report.
Report of the International Workshop on Population-Poverty-Environment Linkages
In the 1990s, a series of global conferences succeeded in raising awareness of the challenges facing the world due to interactive linkages among population, increasing poverty and environmental degradation. These conferences – the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the Fourth World Conference on Women, and the World Summit for Social Development (Social Summit) – arrived at consensus on the actions required to bring about environmentally sustainable and equitable development. Since those conferences, the international community has continued to assess progress and to improve the translation of the general consensus guidelines into national and local action programs.
Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (17 May 2000)
The hearing on the Science of Global Warming focused on the scientific facts behind global climate change. Witnesses consisted of several experts on climate and atmospheric science involved with the administration, federal agencies, and academic and international research institutions. While the expert testimony covered several different themes within climate change science, a few key issues were stressed by all of the witnesses as conventional wisdom accepted by an overwhelming majority of the scientific community.
US/USIJI Fourth Report to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
To help inform international discussion on the issue of joint implementation, the United States submitted this fourth report on the accomplishments of the U.S. Initiative on Joint Implementation (USIJI) to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In addition to the on-line version, copies of the complete US/USIJI Fourth Report are available without charge on CD and can be requested by e-mail:; by telephone +1 (202) 586-3288; or by fax +1 (202) 586-3485.
Climate Change: Mitigation, Vulnerability, and Adaptation in Developing and Transition Countries
This report provides an overview of the work conducted by developing and transition countries participating in the U.S. Country Studies Program. Under this program, participating countries evaluated climate change mitigation options, assessed their vulnerability to climate change, identified methods for adapting to climate change, and developed plans for responding to climate change.
U.S. Country Studies Program Final Reports
The countries participating in the USCSP have produced summary reports for the sectors they studied (GHG Emissions Inventory; Assessment of Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change; and GHG Mitigation Options). Countries for which electronic versions are currently available are Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Fiji, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Nepal, the Russian Federation, Uganda, Ukraine, and Uruguay.
The Potential Health Impacts of Climate Variability and Change for the United States: Executive Summary of the Report of the Health Sector of the U.S. National Assessment
As part of a congressionally mandated national study of the impacts of climate variability and change in the United States, the authors assessed the potential impacts that projected changes in climate (based on modeled data developed for the national study) might have on a limited number of health outcomes that are associated with weather and/or climate.
A U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan
This integrated carbon cycle research plan was prepared at the request of the Agencies of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and addresses oceanic, atmospheric, and terrestrial components of the carbon cycle.
1999 - Newly Available Agency Data Sets that Are Significantly Global Change Related
Since its inception, the U.S. Global Change Research Program has had the policy of full and open data availability. This policy has already been implemented not only through the participating agencies but through many inter-agency mechanisms such as publications, Internet based services, and in many international settings. This second of a series of yearly publications represents another important step in this interagency process of making the data and information from the Global Change Research Program available. It is particularly needed at this time since the users of this data and information have expanded from being primarily researchers to being a full mix that also includes educators, those making assessments of potential effects of global change, the commercial world, and the public as well as policy makers at all levels. One of this publication’s objectives is to provide this diverse user community with a concise summary of what data has been cataloged and made newly available each year.
Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion: 1999 Interim Summary
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Assessment Panel on the Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion produced this interim summary. The assessment is given in seven sections: changes in ultraviolet radiation, effects on human and animal health, effects on terrestrial ecosystems, effects on aquatic ecosystems, effects on biogeochemical cycles, effects on air quality, and effects on materials.


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