A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
DOINews: IPCC Releases “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” Report
Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report titled “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” as part of its Fifth Assessment Report. The IPCC's Working Group II produced the report as a summary of global vulnerability to climate change and its expected effects (positive and negative) on ecological systems, socio-economic sectors and public health.
The IPCC was established by the United Nation's Environmental Program and the World Meteorological Organization in 1988 to synthesize and interpret the thousands of scientific papers that are produced continuously about changes to the earth associated with increasing concentrations of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. Its assessments are meant to help decision-makers develop sound policy to lessen the impacts of climate change.
In 1990 the United States instituted its own system for producing climate assessments after Congress passed the US Global Change Research Act. Since then federal agencies have been required to develop their own reports, two of which have been produced so far- one in 2000 and one in 2009.
The Third National Climate Assessment is slated for release in April of 2014. A series of regional reports are being produced as a part of this third assessment. Oregon State University's Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) lead the Northwest's report, titled “Climate Change in the Northwest” (http://occri.net/reports) which was published by Island Press in November, 2013.
The Northwest Climate Science Center and its partners like OCCRI organizations aim to help the Northwest region understand and adapt to the predicted changes that will result from a warming climate.