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
This week in #scipol: controversy surrounds EPA's Pruitt, investment in solar and synthetic biology soars, supersonic commercial jets, flood planning in Houston, antarctic ice melts at rates faster than previously recognized, and 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: 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: EPA loosens grip on chemical regulation, Bears Ears will be reduced, success and failure at the WHO, local elections in Austin, personal stories of rising seas and warming in the USA, opportunities for mentorship training at the UCS and AAAS, and more...
This week: Effects of recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida continue to be felt, President Trump presents nominees for positions at NASA and USDA, one week remains to comment on overtime requirements for the Department of Labor, and more
This week: TX SBOE meets tomorrow to hear final testimony on streamlining Texas science standards, Pruitt will not pursue removing CO2 from the EPA's list of pollutants, Senators request increase in NSF funding, and more
Conservation and Alternative Energy Several science societies and organizations wrote a letter to Trump endorsing the Clean Water Rule (Ecological Society of America). The wind energy industry is booming in Texas under laws signed by Rick Perry, who is currently the head of the Department of Energy, suggesting that renewable energy may have a positive … Continue reading Weekly Digest – March 6-12