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Interior Department Announces Funding for Climate Change Studies



Released: 12/18/2014 1:18:17 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Department of the Interior’s regional Climate Science Centers and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center are awarding nearly $6 million to universities and other partners for 50 new research projects to better prepare communities for impacts of climate change.

Highly Pathogenic H5 Avian Influenza Confirmed in Wild Birds in Washington State H5N2 Found in Northern Pintail Ducks & H5N8 Found in Captive Gyrfalcons



Released: 12/17/2014 12:58:22 PM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 — The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5 avian influenza in wild birds in Whatcom County, Washington. Two separate virus strains were identified: HPAI H5N2 in northern pintail ducks and HPAI H5N8 in captive gyrfalcons that were fed hunter-killed wild birds. Neither virus has been found in commercial poultry anywhere in the United States and no human cases with these viruses have been detected in the United States, Canada or internationally. There is no immediate public health concern with either of these avian influenza viruses.

Urban Stream Contamination Increasing Rapidly Due to Road Salt



Released: 12/15/2014 3:04:26 PM
Average chloride concentrations often exceed toxic levels in many northern United States streams due to the use of salt to deice winter pavement, and the frequency of these occurrences nearly doubled in two decades.

New Scientific Study Supports that Capture-based Research is Safe for Polar Bears



Released: 12/15/2014 7:53:12 AM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A polar bear capture and release-based research program had no adverse long-term effects on feeding behavior, body condition, and reproduction, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Fault "Crossroads" May Have Been Origin Point for 2011 Virginia Earthquake



Released: 12/11/2014 11:20:50 AM
The 2011 east coast earthquake felt by people from Georgia to Canada likely originated from a fault “junction” just outside of Mineral, Virginia, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the Geological Society of America’s Special Papers.

NASA-USGS Climate Data App Challenge: An Invitation for Innovation



Released: 12/11/2014 11:00:00 AM
NASA in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is offering more than $35,000 in prizes to citizen scientists for ideas that make use of climate data to address vulnerabilities faced by the United States in coping with climate change.

Chesapeake Bay Region Streams are Warming



Released: 12/8/2014 8:48:27 AM
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The majority of streams in the Chesapeake Bay region are warming, and that increase appears to be driven largely by rising air temperatures. These findings are based on new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the journal Climatic Change.

Data-driven Insights on the California Drought



Released: 12/8/2014 8:33:13 AM
A newly released interactive California Drought visualization website aims to provide the public with atlas-like, state-wide coverage of the drought and a timeline of its impacts on water resources.

New Heights of Global Topographic Data Will Aid Climate Change Research



Released: 12/4/2014 11:05:31 AM
The U.S. Geological Survey announced today that improved global topographic (elevation) data are now publicly available for North and South America, Pacific Islands, and northern Europe.

Get Your Wheels Spinning



Released: 12/4/2014 10:00:00 AM
As part of the continued US Topo maps revision and improvement cycle, the USGS will be including mountain bike trails to upcoming quadrangles on a state-aligned basis.

New Volume Documents the Science at the Legendary Snowmastodon Fossil Site in Colorado



Released: 11/24/2014 11:15:37 AM
Four years ago, a bulldozer operator turned over some bones during construction at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village, Colorado. Scientists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science were called to the scene and confirmed the bones were those of a juvenile Columbian mammoth, setting off a frenzy of excavation, scientific analysis, and international media attention.

Loon Migration Underway, Prompted by Frigid Temperatures



Released: 11/20/2014 1:00:00 PM
As freezing air swept into the Upper Midwest this past week, juvenile common loons took a cue from the weather and began their migrations to the warm Gulf of Mexico.

"Teddy Bear" Unlikely to Go Extinct



Released: 11/19/2014 9:00:00 AM
The bear species nicknamed “teddy” more than a century ago that inspired the iconic stuffed toy still popular today will likely survive at least another century, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

 

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