Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
DOINews: NE CSC will Host the MA Global Warming Solutions Team
Last edited 4/26/2016
On Thursday, April 18, the NE CSC will host a Climate & Energy poster session and presentation from the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Team at the University of Massachusetts.
Join the Northeast Climate Science Center in welcoming the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to Amherst. Early career scientists will present recent interdisciplinary climate and energy research. The Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Team will present the Commonwealth's plans to meet stringent emissions targets in 2020 and 2050, and related efforts to promote cutting edge research in support of those goals.
Climate & Energy Poster Session - Highlighting climate & energy research from early career scientists at UMass and the Five Colleges. ISB Atrium, refreshments served.
Massachusetts Climate Solutions: Turning research into action for the future -The Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Team will present on their recent State Climate Plan and emissions targets, as well as climate change mitigation, adaptation, and preparedness. ISB 221
In welcoming Commonwealth officials to campus, researchers for the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) at UMass Amherst will outline the center's goals and mission of responding to the climate research needs of Northeast region land, water, wildlife and other natural and cultural resource managers at the federal, state and local level. According to NE CSC Federal Director Mary Ratnaswamy, “The NE CSC is excited by the Commonwealth's commitment and engagement in the important policy issues around the impacts of climate change. We are looking forward to a discussion and a long-term relationship with the Commonwealth to help address climate research needs in the region and apply science to meet the goals of the Global Warming Solutions Act." "We feel fortunate to have the Climate Science Center located in a state so committed to using science to inform public decision making," said NE CSC University Director Richard Palmer.
Commonwealth officials will present information on the new Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act and State Climate Plan, including plans to meet stringent emissions targets in 2020 and 2050 and related efforts to promote cutting edge research in support of these goals, especially in light of Hurricane Sandy. “The Commonwealth is highly engaged in the issue of global warming. We are working to create cutting edge opportunities for climate change mitigation, adaptation, and preparedness,” said Barbara Kates-Garnick, Undersecretary for Energy.
Speakers will include:
Introduction by Richard Palmer, NE CSC University Director and Mary Ratnaswamy, NE CSC Federal Director
Barbara Kates-Garnick, Undersecretary for Energy, Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Barbara Kates-Garnick's experience has spanned public and private arenas in the energy, regulatory and public policy sectors. She was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick after serving several years as an independent consultant in academia and private business. Most recently, she advised the Polytechnic Institute of New York University on issues related to urban systems, clean technology, energy policy and entrepreneurship. At New York University, she created a successful proposal for the $1.5 million New York City Accelerator for Clean and Renewable Energy, a showcase for clean energy technology. She has also served as a consultant to Con Edison, and on a team revising New York City's sustainability plan, known as PlaNYC.
Phil Griffiths, Undersecretary for the Environment, Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. As Undersecretary, Griffiths ensures that the policies and strategic priorities of the Governor and the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs are implemented through the operations of the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Department of Fish and Game, and the Department of Agricultural Resources. As Undersecretary he also oversees EOEEA's operating programs including the Office of Coastal Zone Management, the Division of Conservation Services and the Office of Technical Assistance.