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Former senator says he was 'discouraged' by government response to U.S. Ebola cases

Although the position of assistant secretary for preparedness and response has been established to coordinate these types of scenarios, Jim Talent said he didn't see that person during this Ebola event.

Feds plan to improve resilience of four regions around US to impacts from climate change

The Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the goal is to ensure that long-term conservation efforts in the selected areas in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington state and the Great Lakes region take climate change into account.

With Earth Day nearing, Obama calls climate change biggest threat to planet

With 2014 as the warmest year on record and 14 of the 15 hottest years on record in the 21st Century, Obama said there will be stronger storms, longer droughts and more wildfires, among other implications.

Study: Evacuation for thousands of coastal residents hindered if tsunami hits Pacific Northwest

The study examined 49 cities, seven tribal reservations and 17 counties threatened by tsunami waves triggered by a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. It looked at the size of the population and businesses in those communities, demographics and evacuation time by foot.

USGS highlights growing wildfire risk in Wyoming

Scientists predict climate change will make southwestern Wyoming increasingly vulnerable to wildfire and directly impact plant and animal life in the region, finds a new study by the United States Geological Survey.

Coast Guard must address crew rotation plan designed to improve cutters' performance, GAO says

While the Coast Guard has again delayed testing the feasibility of rotating crews with its new, advanced cutters to increase the ships' operational time at sea, it's implemented an interim plan that may not be as effective.

GAO: Better R&D process needed to bridge nuclear smuggling detection, interdiction gaps

Analysis found that DHS's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office has shortfalls in its documentation procedures, making it difficult to understand how well its R&D investments are addressing the gaps in the government's global nuclear detection architecture.

Little attention devoted to reducing fatalities of railroad trespassers, new CRS analysis shows

In 2014, there were 526 trespasser deaths, 419 trespasser injuries, 213 suicides and 40 injuries from suicide attempts on railroad property compared with just two deaths and 128 injuries from derailments and collisions.

Drought in western U.S. sets up early wildfire season

The historic drought conditions in California are expected to lead to earlier wildfires this year, says a report from the National Interagency Fire Center.

Expansive global project will study how tropical forests respond to climate change

The project called the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments-Tropics seeks to develop a more-detailed model showing how tropical forests interact with the climate.