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EPA Climate Change and Water News

U.S. EPA News

U.S. EPA Hosts Discussion Open to the Public: Consequences of Global Climate Change: Water Quality Impacts, Ecological Impacts & Nonlinear Responses on September 20-22, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

The public is invited to attend or connect online to listen to a discussion on the Consequences of Global Climate Change: Water Quality Impacts, Ecological Impacts & Nonlinear Responses on September 20-22, 2011.  The EPA will be gathering university scientists, EPA scientists, and policy makers to highlight EPA supported research on the consequences of global climate change.  The topics will include the effects of climate change on ecosystem services, invasive species, pathogens, coastal habitat, and water quality.  This meeting is free and open to the public.  One can join for one or all three days either in person or via the Internet.  If you plan to attend in person, please email your name, contact information, and institution to Michael Hiscock ( by September 13.  The session will be held at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 1153, Washington, D.C. 20460.  Visitors will need to check in at the security desk!
 when they arrive.  A list of attendees is needed at least one week prior to the meeting.  To connect online, please register for the webinar using the following link:  For more information, visit:

Other Federal Agency News

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program Office Currently Soliciting Proposals until October 3, 2011

NOAA's Climate Program Office (CPO) manages competitive research programs in which NOAA funds high-priority climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and capacity-building activities designed to advance our understanding of Earth's climate system, and to foster the application of this knowledge in risk management and adaptation efforts.  In FY 2012, NOAA will accept individual applications for twelve competitions, organized around CPO's four major programs.  One of those is the solicitation of the Climate and Societal Interactions Research which addresses: (a) climate impacts on water resources, (b) coasts and climate resilience, (c) sustainability of marine ecosystems, (d) changes in extremes of weather and climate, and (e) information for mitigating climate change. Two specific water programs are: 1) the Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP) - with two foci, Water Resource Planning and Coping with Drought and the National Integra!
 ted Drought Information System (NIDIS); and 2) Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) with a focus on coastal and marine resilience. 

Proposals are due to NOAA by 5:00 pm EST on October 3, 2011.  For information on SARP, contact Nancy Beller-Simms (; for information on COCA, contact Adrienne Antoine (
For more information regarding this solicitation and how to apply, visit:  For more information on the Climate Societal and Interactions Program, visit:

U.S. Department Of Energy (DOE) Re-launches its Website

DOE has re-launched the website as an interactive information platform offering localized data and resources to save energy and money. modernizes how consumers and businesses access energy information and resources.  The new website makes it easier for users to get information specific to their cities, counties, and states, including information about energy tax credits, rebates, energy saving tips, and grant opportunities.  To view the site, visit:

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Releases Report - Climate Engineering:  Technical Status, Future Directions, and Potential Responses

Reports of rising global temperatures have raised questions about responses to climate change, including efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, adapt to climate change, and design and develop climate engineering technologies for deliberate, large-scale intervention in the Earth's climate.  In this report, GAO assesses climate engineering technologies, focusing on their technical status, future directions for research on them, and potential responses.  To perform this technology assessment, GAO reviewed the peer-reviewed scientific literature and government reports, consulted experts with a wide variety of backgrounds and viewpoints, and surveyed adults across the United States.  To view the report, visit:

United States Geological Survey (USGS) Posts CoreCast Series Video Online - Climate Connections: Questions from North and South Carolina
In this episode of Climate Connections, USGS scientists answer questions gathered from North and South Carolina about the effects of climate change on coastal areas and on water resources.  To view the video, please visit:

Other News

Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security (GCOCS) - May 2012 in Boston, MA - Call for Abstracts and Sponsors Deadlines Extended to September 15 and October 15, 2011

The Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security (GCOCS) is designed to: raise the awareness level of the threat of climate change to our oceans and the consequent threat to our human and national security; identify and prioritize the knowledge gaps in science and technology which inhibit understanding, response, and adaptation to future threats; and, generate comprehensive human security policy and governance recommendations reflecting the climate, ocean, and security continuum.  Over three days, GCOCS attendees will explore complex, cross-sector topics and strategies through interactive methods such as multi-disciplinary plenary and World cafe sessions.  The deadline for abstracts has been extended to September 15, 2011.  Sponsors and exhibitors will be accepted until October 15, 2011.  For more information, visit:  

Carpe Diem West Academy Launches Webinar Series Beginning September 27, 2011, 1:00PM (PST) - Running the Climate Rapids: Using the Iterative Risk Management Road Map

Carpe Diem West is a non-profit organization that engages a broad-based network of experts, advocates, decision makers and scientists to address the profound impacts the growing climate crisis is having on water in the American West.  It was started in 2007 by a group of western water leaders acting on a shared belief that the growing climate crisis requires everyone in the field to think in new ways.  The webinar series, Running the Climate Rapids: Using the Iterative Risk Management Road Map, is presented by the Academy to support western water managers, non-governmental organizations, and government agency staff to more effectively use climate science and emerging technology in operations and decision making.  For more information and to register, please visit:

National Wildlife Federation Releases Report - Facing the Storm: Indian Tribes, Climate-Induced Weather Extremes, and the Future for Indian Country

North American Indian Tribes are harmed by climate change, as more ecological shifts and more frequent, more extreme weather events occur, a new study concludes.  Because Tribes are heavily dependent on natural resources, severe weather events like droughts, floods, wildfires, and snowstorms make tribal communities particularly vulnerable.  In collaboration with the Tribal Lands Program, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, National Congress of American Indians, Native American Fish & Wildlife Society, National Tribal Environmental Council, Native American Rights Fund, and University of Colorado Law School, the National Wildlife Federation has released Indian Tribes, Climate-Induced Weather Extremes, and the Future for Indian Country.  The report details how climate change is adversely and disproportionately affecting Indian Tribes in North America, people who rely on a healthy environment to sustain their economic, cultural, and spiritual lives.  To view the pr!
 ess release and full report, visit:

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