Yet another government office to fund, at the direction of the Obama administration. Taxpayer monies will now flow to a new office created to "educate people about the difference between the climate and the weather." Today's official announcement was delayed due a blizzard.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, will "unify" its climate change research capabilities into one office. The organization will be headquartered in Washington, D.C. with 6 regional directors.
It has something to do with Nobel Peace Prize winners (can you figure it out?):
NOAA Climate Service will encompass a core set of longstanding NOAA capabilities with proven success. The climate research, observations, modeling, predictions and assessments generated by NOAA's top scientists - including Nobel Peace Prize award-winners - will continue to provide the scientific foundation for extensive on-the-ground climate services that respond to millions of requests annually for data and other critical information.NOAA Climate Service replaces the National Climatic Data Center. A new portal launched today, and you will find your own Global Climate Dashboard here.
The announcement webpage offers intriguing reading:
How Much Longer Will There be Snow to Ski On?
Yet Another Reason to Make 2010 a Year of Activism: Climate Change Creates Refugees
Can Yogic Philosophy Save the Planet?
Cargo Ships Emit Twice as Much Soot as Previously Thought: NOAA Study
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