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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, December 17, 2009      

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Scientist To Present Seminar at Center for Research on Ecosystem Change: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Beth Middleton will give a seminar hosted by Randy Kolka at the Center for Research on Ecosystem Change, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Northern Research Station in Grand Rapids, Minn. on December 18, 2009.  The talk is entitled "Biodiversity conservation of baldcypress swamps in times of climate change." (Beth Middleton, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8618)

Press Inquiries/Media - Newspapers/magazines/wires, etc.

  • Warming's impacts sped up, worsened since Kyoto (Associated Press; November 22, 2009) "Back in 1997, the impacts (of climate change) were underestimated; the rate of change has been faster," said Virginia Burkett, chief scientist for global change research at the U.S. Geological Survey. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)
    http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1789881/staggering_global_warming_statistics_emerge_as_un_meeting_looms
    http://sains.kompas.com/read/xml/2009/11/24/0826156/pemanasan.global.lebih.buruk.dari.perkiraan
    http://www.nacion.com/ln_ee/2009/noviembre/23/aldea2169803.html

  • Lessons learned from the river Mississippi, USA: Rescue the Mekong River Basin (Tuoitre; Vietnam; December 11, 2009) USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientists Scott Wilson and Cindy Thatcher are quoted concerning climate change impacts to deltas. (Scott Wilson, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8644)

  • On December 11, 2009, Virginia Burkett (USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research) was interviewed by Isabel Herrera, a reporter for the Chilean newspaper La Tercera. Burkett provided the reporter with relevant sections of the IPCC 2007 Assessment Report and the IPCC Technical paper on Water (2008).  She also referred the reporter to another IPCC lead author, Dr. Gino Casassa at the Centro De Estudios Cientificos in Valdivia, Chile. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

  • On December 15, 2009, Virginia Burkett (USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research) was interviewed by Craig Pittman at the St. Petersburg Times. Mr. Pittman is writing a story about the evidence of climate change. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

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