NOAA: 2010 Tied for the Warmest Year on Record

Links to Ocean and Climate Science and Education Resources


The Endangered Species Coalition issued a new report last week:
It's Getting Hot Out There:
Top 10 Places to Save Endangered Species in a Warming World

1. The Arctic Sea Ice, home to the polar bear, Pacific walrus and at least 6 species of seal.
2. Shallow Water Coral Reefs, home to the critically endangered elkhorn and staghorn coral.
3. The Hawaiian Islands, home to more than a dozen imperiled birds, and 319 threatened and endangered plants.
4. Southwest Deserts, home to numerous imperiled plants, fish, and mammals.
5. The San Francisco Bay-Delta, home to the imperiled Pacific salmon, Swainson’s hawk, tiger salamander and Delta smelt.
6. California Sierra Mountains, home to 30 native species of amphibian, including the Yellow-legged frog.
7. The Snake River Basin, home to four imperiled runs of salmon and steelhead.
8. Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, home to the imperiled Whitebark pine, an important food source for animals, including the threatened Grizzly bear.
9. The Gulf Coast’s flatlands and wetlands, home to the Piping and Snowy plovers, Mississippi sandhill crane, and numerous species of sea turtles.
10. The Greater Everglades, home to 67 threatened and endangered species, including the manatee and the red cockcaded woodpecker.

FACT SHEETS for each of the 10 habitats and additional ecosystems of concern -- the threats and proposed actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change:
http://itsgettinghotoutthere.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49)

BACKGROUND from http://itsgettinghotoutthere.org/:
It’s Getting Hot Out There—a new report by the Endangered Species Coalition in partnership with our member groups—spurs us to answer the question: if we are serious about protecting endangered species from climate change where do we begin? The ten ecosystems listed here are a starting point. To help endangered species adapt to climate change, we’ll have to invest significant resources into protecting and restoring these ecosystems and their species.
The Endangered Species Coalition’s member groups nominated the ecosystems. A panel of esteemed scientists chose the finalists. The scientists considered the ecosystem’s ecologic importance, significance for threatened and endangered species, climate change vulnerability, as well as the ecosystem’s potential to improve its resiliency to climate change via conservation measures.
The urgency for greatly expanding our commitment to conservation measures has never been higher. We still have time to save many of our ecosystems and endangered species. The American spirit is surely up to the task. This is an outline of where to start. Please join us in this call to action.
THE REPORT (16 pp):
http://itsgettinghotoutthere.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52



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6 Ways to use NASA's Global Climate Change Website in your Classroom
http://climate.nasa.gov/TipsandTricks/TipsNTricksTipsheet_11-20-10.pdf

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

USFWS (a student page and an educators page): http://www.fws.gov/educators/

Locate a National Wildlife Refuge near you: http://www.fws.gov/refuges/

USFWS Coastal Program: http://www.fws.gov/coastal/


National Park Service:

NPS education site: http://www.nps.gov/learn/

Locate a National Park near you http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

NPS Explore Nature site: http://www.nature.nps.gov/

NPS climate change information: http://www.nature.nps.gov/climatechange/index.cfm


U.S. Geological Survey:

USGS climate change information: http://www.usgs.gov/global_change/

USGS education page: http://education.usgs.gov/

USGS Coastal and Marine science page: http://marine.er.usgs.gov/index.php

Smithsonian Ocean Portal: http://ocean.si.edu/


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

NOAA Coastal Services Center:

NOAA's Climate Program Office

NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program
Discover Your World with NOAA: An Activity Guide

NOAA Education Resources Portal

Other Sites:
Climate Change Teaching Materials:
The first section of this pdf document is a list of major websites devoted to climate change teaching materials. The second section of the document has specific materials that address major issues associate with climate sciences such as ocean acidification, the greenhouse effect. etc.