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Walruses and Arctic Sea Ice Retreat

Written on August 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm, by

USGS scientists study walruses off the northwestern Alaska coast in August as part of their ongoing study of how the Pacific walrus are responding to reduced sea ice conditions in late summer and fall.

Exploring Arctic Waters

Written on August 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm, by

USGS scientists are collecting water samples and other data to determine trends in ocean acidification from the least explored ocean in the world.

USGS Science Supports Famine Declaration in East Africa

Written on August 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm, by

In support of the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, USGS scientists use satellite remote sensing to assess agricultural conditions that foretell famine.

Climate Adaptation of Rice

Written on July 14, 2011 at 9:47 am, by

New USGS research shows that rice could become adapted to climate change and some catastrophic events by colonizing its seeds or plants with the spores of tiny naturally occurring fungi. The DNA of the rice plant itself is not changed; instead, researchers are re-creating what normally happens in nature.

Ice Age Fossils Discovery Will Provide Glimpse into Colorado’s Past

Written on July 9, 2011 at 10:27 am, by

Now that field work has wrapped up at the Ice Age “Snowmastodon” fossil site near Snowmass Village, Colo., USGS and other scientists will begin work on unraveling the climate and environmental history of the area.

Climate Change Lessons from the Past

Written on July 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm, by

USGS scientists are studying the Earth’s conditions 3 million years ago to gain insight into the impacts of future climate. Join us Aug. 3 in Reston, Va., to learn how this information is used to better understand the magnitude of changes forecast for the end of this century.

Mount Rainier Has Lost 1/7th of Its Ice and Snow

Written on April 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm, by

Over the past four decades, about 14% of the ice and permanent snow of Washington’s Mount Rainier has melted due to combined recent warming and reduced precipitation.

Species at Risk

Written on March 28, 2011 at 8:05 am, by

USGS science supports management, conservation, and restoration of imperiled, at-risk, and endangered species.

The Science Behind the State of the Birds Report 2011

Written on March 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm, by

In a unique application of data, this year’s report provides the nation’s first assessment of birds on public lands and waters.

How Climate Change Affects Wildlife

Written on March 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm, by

The USGS, NASA, and other organizations and Federal agencies are studying how climate change affects wildlife and ecosystems.

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