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and Agriculture Departments Announce Joint New Climate Change Research
Projects on SE and NW Freshwater Systems (Jul 27,
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced
joint scientific research projects that address the effects of climate change
on freshwater systems and sensitive aquatic species. The multi-year $500,000
joint USDA-DOI projects,
which will be carried out by U.S. Geological
Survey and U.S. Forest Service scientists,
will make use of existing data, field studies and modeling to better understand
the effects of climate change on aquatic ecosystems. Information from the project
will help guide science-based land-use decisions by federal agencies and others
engaged in long-term planning for climate adaptation.
Awards $2.5 Million for Research on Invasive Species in the Great
Lakes (Jul 23, 2010)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
awarded $2.5 million to University
of Notre Dame's Center for Aquatic Conservation and
its partners to predict the next wave of invasive
species likely to enter the Great Lakes and to identify
cost-effective countermeasures. In the past, studies
have focused on single species; this study will give
the researchers the ability to look more broadly
and strategically at the problem. In making their
predictions about which species are likely to invade,
researchers will consider such factors as the most
likely paths of introduction and spread and the availability
of suitable habitat across the Great Lakes.
and Cities Launch Initiative to Modernize the Chicago Area Waterway
System and Protect the Great Lakes from Asian Carp (Jul
Great Lakes Commission.
Great Lakes states and cities have announced an initiative, Envisioning
a Chicago Area Waterway System for the 21st Century (PDF | 65 KB), that seeks
to transform water management and transportation in the Chicago region for the
21st Century, while safeguarding the Great Lakes from economic and ecological
damage caused by Asian carp and other
biological invasions from the Mississippi River basin. The 18-month initiative
will assess modernization and improvements to the Waterway System in a way that
enhances commercial, recreational and environmental benefits, while preventing
the transfer of damaging invasive species.
Sea Lamprey Research Sheds Light on How Stress Hormones Evolved (Jul
Michigan State University.
Michigan State University researchers are the first to identify a stress hormone
in the sea lamprey, using the 500 million-year-old
species as a model to understand the evolution of the endocrine system. Corticosteroid
hormones control stress response in animals with backbones, including humans.
Scientists have learned quite a bit about these so-called stress hormones in
most modern animals, but knew little about the hormones' earliest forms in prehistoric
creatures such as the lamprey. The findings in 11-Deoxycortisol
is a Corticosteroid Hormone in the Lamprey published in the Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences, allow for a better understanding of
how the endocrine system in vertebrates evolved into the complex systems seen
in humans today.
Service Releases New Roadmap for Responding to Changing Climate (Jul
The USDA Forest
Service has released the National
Roadmap for Responding to Climate Change (Jul 2010; PDF | 667 KB) and A
Performance Scorecard for Implementing the Forest Service Climate Change Strategy
(PDF | 141 KB) in response to the USDA's
2010-2015 Strategic Plan that sets a goal of ensuring that our national forests
are made more resilient to climate change. This includes targeted monitoring
and continued management of insects, pathogens, and invasive species that threaten
the health and resilience of ecosystems. The report and scorecard can also be
found on the Office
of the Climate Change Advisor Web site.
Opening Statement on Asian Carp Subcommittee Hearing (Jul
Senator Debbie Stabenow.
On Jul 14, 2010, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chair of the Water and Power
Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, held a hearing
to examine the Federal response to the discovery of the aquatic invasive species
Asian carp in Lake Calumet, Illinois. This included testimony from Nancy
H. Sutley, Chair, Council on Environmental Quality, on the Obama
Administration Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework. In addition,
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced after meeting with Ms. Sutley, that the Obama
Administration is working to appoint a Coordinated Response Commander within
the next 30 days, for Asian carp.
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