• The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other federal, state, and tribal partners are seeking public comments to inform a draft National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. The strategy will provide a unified approach for reducing the negative impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, plants, habitats, and our natural resource heritage. Comments are due by 1 July 2011. For more information and to submit comments, visit http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/.

  • Researchers at the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) have created the most precise map ever produced depicting the amount of carbon stored in tropical forests around the world. The map, which was created from satellite and ground data, will be useful as a baseline for carbon monitoring and management of greenhouse gas emissions. To view the map, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-165.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency has released two scientific assessments of the environmental and water quality effects of mountaintop coal mining on Appalachian streams. The reports, which were endorsed by the agency's Science Advisory Board, provide scientific information for use by federal and state policymakers tasked with reviewing surface coal mining under the Clean Water Act. The reports are available at http://www.epa.gov/ncea.

  • As of 2 June 2011, all PDF versions of reports published by the National Academies Press will be downloadable free of charge to anyone. The Academies hopes this move will increase readership and use its products.


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