Recently, the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service finalized a rule under authority of Section 4(d) of the
Endangered Species Act (ESA) that provides measures the agency deems necessary
and advisable to provide for conservation of the northern long-eared bat.
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Recently, the Environmental Protection
Agency announced that it was extending the public comment period for submission
of information about existing programs that address stormwater discharges from
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In 2009, the U.S. Department of Interior
created Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) to develop resource
management strategies across jurisdictions and sectors for fish, wildlife,
habitats, and cultural resources that extend beyond political boundaries. Recently,
the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report
evaluating the LCCs.
The potential existence of internal
oscillations in the Earth’s climate system may complicate attempts to estimate
temperature trends and climate sensitivity. While others have used the El
Niño-Southern Oscillation as an index of internal oscillations, Dr. Craig
Loehle of NCASI recently proposed using the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation
(AMO) as a direct index and evaluated the validity of this supposition.
Recently, the U.S. Forest Service published
a report on indicators of climate impacts for forests. The report is a product
of the Third National Climate Assessment process for the United States, which
focused in part on developing a system of indicators to communicate key aspects
of the physical climate, climate impacts, vulnerabilities, and preparedness to
inform policy makers, managers, and the public.