National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Dry Lake in Arizona

Report: Southwest Drought a 'Preview of Coming Attractions'

A NOAA-led task force warns that the drought facing the western U.S. will continue well into 2022 or later without serious efforts to mitigate human-caused global warming.

October 18, 2021 -

Coastal Flooding

Federal Law Would Help Build Infrastructure to Weather Climate Change

A bi-partisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would inform better information sharing between federal agencies and local code-making powers to ensure more resilient infrastructure.

March 3, 2020 - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin)

California State Water project

Trump Administration's New CA Water Plan Chooses Farmers Over Fish

A plan to divert water to farmers in California, released at the end of October, would allow for the annihilation of winter-run Chinook Salmon.

November 7, 2019 - East Bay Express

California Central Valley

Trump Administration Finds a Way to Divert California Water to Farmers

A new federal program will clear the way for more water to be delivered to the state of California's agriculture industry, overruling environmental safeguards that protected fish.

October 27, 2019 - NPR

Sea Level Rise

2017 Set a Record for 'Sunny Day Flooding'

Expect more of the same in 2018 and 2019.

June 14, 2018 - The Guardian


Senate Bill Would Fund Climate Change Resilience in Coastal Communities

Grant and loan funding, new research, and a competition are some of the ideas included in the Coastal Communities Adaptation Act.

May 17, 2018 - U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation

NOAA Satellite Fires

View the Smoke from the California Fires From Satellite

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been making the most of its celestial perch to illustrate the scale of the fires currently burning in Southern California.

December 8, 2017 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Satellite PIcture of Hurricane Sandy

Mapping the Paths of Hurricanes Recorded Since 1851

All yesterday's hurricanes.

September 8, 2017 - CityLab

Midwest Flooding

Midwest Cities Preparing for the Water Management Challenges of Climate Change

Climate researchers are hoping to coordinate the efforts of Midwest cities toward creating plans and working toward more holistic approaches to climate change.

August 14, 2016 - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

One Government Agency You Don't Second Guess

One silver lining from Hurricane Sandy is that it proved the accuracy of the National Hurricane Center, an agency under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) due largely to its hi-tech tools. Do you know what a 'dropsonde' is?

November 1, 2012 - NPR: All Things Considered

Assessing the Impacts of Shifting From Coal to Natural Gas

In a 2-part series, NPR reports on the rapid downfall of coal as an energy source and its replacement by natural gas - each now produces about one-third of America's electricity. Fracking is key to increased NG supplies - but it carries its own risks

July 17, 2012 - National Public Radio

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