This week in #scipol: Earth Day highlights US environmental deregulation, BLM land selling for cheap, NASA funding authorized by House, DOI under investigation, unfair impacts of climate change, ACA enrollment drops 3% in 2017, & more
Lots of news in conservation this week: Bears Ears shrunk for oil, phytoplankton declining, regenerative farming gains status, ban on big game trophy importation lifted; new rules limit the EPA; new CDC director considered; & 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.
This week conservationist groups' outrage places hold on big game trophy decision, U.S. cities and state governments speak at the UN climate Change Conference, strategies for changing how we perceive the environment, the case for scientific collections, 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
This week: EPA fails to mention climate change in its review of superfund sites affected by Harvey & proposed cuts to the superfund clean-up budget, WHO announces new anti-cholera campaign, whales are dying, California strikes down stay on methane regulation, and more
This week: congress passes a bill to protect funding for weather prediction, EPA decides not to ban harmful chlorphyrifos, a proposal for new FDA trial designs, and more
This week: advice for politically active scientists, rejection of AHCA, NIH approves preprints, Texas education, climate change skeptics speak out, and more
Shortly before President Obama left office he signed into law S.3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), ending a multi-year partisan battle between House and Senate proposals. The bill touches on many issues important to preserving and improving the research enterprise of the United States (U.S.), including provisions to maximize basic research, reduce regulatory … Continue reading The Journey of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act Demonstrates Conflicting Opinions on the Role of Government-Funded Basic Research
Before the NSF was founded in 1950 under the National Science Foundation Act, the US Department of Defense (DOD) funded much of the nation’s scientific research. In fact, the first incarnation of the Internet was created with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The National Science Foundation (NSF) gave academics a voice … Continue reading A Short History of National Science Foundation Funding