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USGS Projects Large Loss of Alaska Permafrost by 2100

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 13:35
Summary: Using statistically modeled maps drawn from satellite data and other sources, U.S. Geological Survey scientists have projected that the near-surface permafrost that presently underlies 38 percent of boreal and arctic Alaska would be reduced by 16 to 24 percent by the end of the 21st century under widely accepted climate scenarios

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Using statistically modeled maps drawn from satellite data and other sources, U.S. Geological Survey scientists have projected that the near-surface permafrost that presently underlies 38 percent of boreal and arctic Alaska would be reduced by 16 to 24 percent by the end of the 21st century under widely accepted climate scenarios. Permafrost declines are more likely in central Alaska than northern Alaska. 

Northern latitude tundra and boreal forests are experiencing an accelerated warming trend that is greater than in other parts of the world.  This warming trend degrades permafrost, defined as ground that stays below freezing for at least two consecutive years. Some of the adverse impacts of melting permafrost are changing pathways of ground and surface water, interruptions of regional transportation, and the release to the atmosphere of previously stored carbon. 

“A warming climate is affecting the Arctic in the most complex ways,” said Virginia Burkett, USGS Associate Director for Climate and Land Use Change. “Understanding the current distribution of permafrost and estimating where it is likely to disappear are key factors in predicting the future responses of northern ecosystems to climate change.” 

In addition to developing maps of near-surface permafrost distributions, the researchers developed maps of maximum thaw depth, or active-layer depth, and provided uncertainty estimates.  Future permafrost distribution probabilities, based on future climate scenarios produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), were also estimated by the USGS scientists.  Widely used IPCC climate scenarios anticipate varied levels of climate mitigation action by the global community. 

These future projections of permafrost distribution, however, did not include other possible future disturbances in the future, such as wildland fires. In general, the results support concerns about permafrost carbon becoming available to decomposition and greenhouse gas emission. 

The research has been published in Remote Sensing of Environment.  The current near-surface permafrost map is available via ScienceBase.

Current probability of near-surface permafrost in Alaska. Future scenarios. (High resolution image)

Storm Survivors in Texas Encouraged to Register for Disaster Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 13:20

AUSTIN, Texas—Texans who sustained damage or losses from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred Oct. 22 through Oct. 31 can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The presidential disaster declaration of Nov. 25 makes federal assistance available to eligible individuals and business owners in 15 counties: Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell, Comal, Galveston, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Liberty, Navarro, Travis, Willacy and Wilson.

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FEMA Mitigation Advisers Offer Guidance to Flood Survivors in Charleston, Darlington, Dorchester, Greenwood, Horry and Richland Counties

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 10:15

COLUMBIA, S.C. – As South Carolinians rebuild and repair after the recent historic floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer home improvement tips to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is geared towards do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

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Deadline Approaching to Register for FEMA Assistance

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 06:36

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Just a little over a week remains for survivors of the Oct. 1-23 storms and flooding in South Carolina to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The deadline to register for federal disaster assistance is Friday, Dec. 4.

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Two New Jersey men arrested on multiple deer poaching violations

DNREC News - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 17:36
TOWNSEND (Nov. 24, 2015) – Following an investigation involving illegal deer hunting, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested two New Jersey men Nov. 21 on multiple deer poaching violations near Townsend.

Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter Nov 16 through 22

DNREC News - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 17:34
DOVER (Nov. 25, 2015) – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Nov. 16-22 made 1,507 contacts with anglers, boaters, hunters and the general public. Officers issued 56 citations.

Drainage in Delaware Bayshore communities to be topic of Dec 2 public meeting in Milford

DNREC News - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 17:29
DOVER (Nov. 25, 2015) – Residents of Bayshore communities and other interested parties are invited to attend a DNREC public meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Carlisle Fire Company, 615 Front NW Front Street, Milford, DE 19963, to hear the results of a new engineering evaluation studying drainage issues along Delaware’s central Bayshore area.

Registration now open for 2016 Delaware Wetlands Conference

DNREC News - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 15:43
DOVER (Nov. 25, 2015) – Registration is open now for the 2016 Delaware Wetlands Conference Feb. 3 and 4 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. Online registration and information about the event including sponsorships is available at http://de.gov/dewetlandsconference. Interested parties may register for one or both days.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife seeking great shots of Delaware hunters for photo contest

DNREC News - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 15:35
DOVER (Nov. 25, 2015) – With Delaware’s hunting seasons in full swing, now’s the time to take your camera afield to photograph a hunter in a duck blind or deer stand or otherwise pursuing their favorite quarry and enter your best image in the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2015/16 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest.

Scotton Landing Fishing Pier reopens after re-decking project completed

DNREC News - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 15:35
DOVER (Nov. 25, 2015) – Scotton Landing Fishing Pier on Barkers Landing Road has reopened, after completion of the pier’s re-decking project, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today.

Texas Receives Federal Disaster Declaration; Texans Urged to Apply for Disaster Aid

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 14:43

Texas Receives Federal Disaster Declaration; Texans Urged to Apply for Disaster Aid

DENTON, Texas – Texans affected by the recent severe storms should register now with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Federal aid programs for the state of Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 13:58

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the State of Texas.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

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President declares major disaster for Texas

FEMA Press Releases - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 13:54

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Texas to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of October 22-31, 2015.

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Water Infrastructure Advisory Council meeting set for Dec. 9 in Dover

DNREC News - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 12:40
DOVER (Nov. 25, 2015) – The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will hold a meeting, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Kent County Council Chambers

DNREC’S Division of Parks and Recreation receives major land donation from Nemours Foundation for Alapocas Run State Park

DNREC News - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 18:54
WILMINGTON (Nov. 24, 2015) – The Nemours Foundation has donated nearly 46 acres of significant forestland to the DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation’s Alapocas Run State Park, located just outside Wilmington. The announcement was made today by Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and Dr. Roy Proujansky, the Nemours Foundation’s chief executive of Delaware Valley Operations.

Survivors Urged to Stay in Touch with FEMA

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 13:46

SACRAMENTO, Calif.The deadline for Calaveras and Lake county wildfire survivors to register with FEMA has passed, but various forms of disaster assistance remain available. Survivors who registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are urged to stay in touch with the agency.

“Even though the DRCs are closed, FEMA remains in California to work with the state and local governments to provide assistance with recovery,” said Tim Scranton, Federal Coordinating Official for this disaster. “FEMA will remain as long as needed.”

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FEMA Reminds Survivors: One Call Gets You In

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:39

COLUMBIA, S.C. Survivors of South Carolina flooding Oct. 1-23 can get help with one phone call.

Call the Federal Emergency Management Agency helpline at 800-621-3362 for information about many federal disaster assistance-related matters. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Survivors who use TTY may call 800-462-7585; those who use 711/VRS can call 800-621-3362. They can also visit www.disasterassistance.gov.

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Sumter Disaster Recovery Center Reopens at New Location on Tuesday

FEMA Press Releases - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 02:00

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The disaster recovery center formerly at the Sumter County Civic Center will reopen at the following location at 8 am. Tuesday, Nov. 24:

  • Central Carolina Technical College building located at 853 Broad St. in Sumter

The center will be open six days a week Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. The center will be closed Thanksgiving Day.                                                                                                                

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Last day to register with FEMA and apply for SBA disaster loans

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 20:03

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today is the last day that wildfire survivors in Calaveras and Lake counties can register to receive housing or other needs assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and apply for disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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Include Your Pets in Disaster Preparedness Planning

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 19:59

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Many pets were left behind to fend for themselves during the wildfires in California’s Calaveras and Lake counties resulting in serious injuries, death or disappearance.

This occurred because the fire came so fast many survivors had no time to save the animals.

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