This week in #scipol: controversy around Pruitt continues while Senate confirms coal lobbyist as 2nd-in-command at EPA, protections over migratory birds rescinded, air pollution regulations are weakened, ocean currents slow & more
This week in #scipol: rumors of shrinking the Sequoia National monument, disbanding the Biological Survey Unit, increases in NSF/NIH funding, undocumented pollution in Houston, border wall funded w/ conservation restrictions, and more
This week in science policy news -- Texas looks at the conservation status of the whooping crane, and the rare dunes sagebrush lizard, Sens Cruz and Nelson advocate for the International Space Station, concerns arise after the EPA announces reorganization proposals, Texas prepares for potential energy shortages during summer, and more
This week in #scipol: news in congressional redistricting, AAAS comes to Austin, Texas funnels endangered species $ to private companies, company behind solar border wall sues administration, new bill would limit CO2 emissions, & more
This week: A new study out in Science shows that coral reefs with plastic pollution suffer higher disease risks. After the announcement of new import taxes on solar panels, solar companies plan for increased production costs. AK Senator Lisa Murkowski requests exemption from offshore drilling in environmentally-sensitive zones of Alaska. The UCS sues the EPA for its ban on EPA-funded board members. Read on for more about public health in Texas and mathematicians helping to fix gerrymandering in PA.
Over the holidays, the EPA was ordered to update its guidelines on safe lead levels, Kathleen Hartnett-White did not receive unanimous support and will need to be re-nominated for head of the CEQ this coming congressional session, and a new report recommends priority missions for earth and space science with a heavy focus on climate science. In Austin, the Environmental Commission recommended voluntary buy-out of properties within the 100-year flood zone near Onion Creek. Read on for more about what the Heartland Institute is up to, where these cold snaps are coming from, and more.
This week more drama unfolds at the EPA, tax cuts won't be for graduate students, one day in New Delhi = 45 cigarettes, Austinites vote for parks and bikes, information on border wall made publicly available, and more
Conservation and Alternative Energy Currently, 20 Texas State Parks and 11 Wildlife Management Areas are actively leasing land for oil and gas drilling. Action: you can help prevent further damage by 1) stopping new leases, 2) supporting the removal of Kelcy Warren from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (he is the CEO of Energy … Continue reading Weekly Digest — Feb 27 – March 5