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U.S. Capitol with flag
Federal Register - October 2014
A list of notices from the federal register for October 2014 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, EPA, FEMA, USGS and more.
Document Type: News Brief


NASA hurricane satellite image
Pentagon report warns of climate change threats to national security
Date: Monday, October 13, 2014
Climate change “poses immediate risks to U.S. national security,” according to a Pentagon report released on October 13.
Document Type: News Brief


Icebergs in the Weddell Sea
NASA begins sixth year of flights studying polar ice changes
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
NASA’s Operation IceBridge mission began its sixth season of polar research flights monitoring ice sheets, glaciers, and sea ice conditions.
Document Type: News Brief


Atlantic waves
Weak El Nino conditions likely to develop for winter 2013-14
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center reports that weak El Niño conditions have a 60-65 percent chance of developing this fall and winter.
Document Type: News Brief


Icebergs in Greeland
State Department announces priorities for Arctic Council chairmanship
Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
On October 23, the U.S. State Department announced that climate change adaptation and mitigation will be top priorities when the U.S. assumes the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015.
Document Type: News Brief


Salt marsh near Pescadero, California
White House introduces new plan to protect federal lands from climate change
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
On October 8, the White House unveiled a new agenda to protect federal lands against the impacts of changing climate by conserving and restoring natural resources and carbon sinks.
Document Type: News Brief


Salt marsh near Pescadero, California
Gimbel to lead Water and Science office
Date: Friday, October 3, 2014
On October 3, Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell named Jennifer Gimbel, who currently serves as Deputy Commissioner for External and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Bureau of Reclamation, to be Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science.
Document Type: News Brief


Galaxy NGC 3310
President Obama announces nominee for NASA Deputy Administrator
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
On October 16, President Obama nominated MIT professor Dava Newman as Deputy Administrator of NASA. Previous Deputy Administrator Lori Garver resigned in September 2013 to manage the Air Line Pilots Association.
Document Type: News Brief


Hazards fire houses
U.S. Forest Service study will examine wildfire effects on watersheds
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
U.S. Forest Service (USFS) scientists are beginning a three-year study to examine how wildfires affect water supplies.
Document Type: News Brief


Cracked road from earthquake
Scientists and policymakers continue efforts to study and prepare for earthquakes
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
In the 25 years since the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake, scientists and policymakers have worked to better understand seismic hazards and implement strategies to reduce vulnerability.
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