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: Zinke recommends reducing boundaries of 4 national monuments, the EPA continues debate on the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, House GOP members reverse stand on graduate tuition tax, the UT system submits a bid to run Los Alamos National Laboratory, and more.
This week in #scipol: Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments will be reduced, mining companies no longer financially responsible for future clean-up preparations, debate continues on what is a "water of the United States" (and what should be protected), graduate students worry about tax hikes, Lamar Smith attacks socio-behavioral research at the NSF, and more.
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.
Universities nation-wide are taking steps to prepare undergraduates to be better science communicators.
This week: The EPA wipes climate change from its website and public speakers, a new bill proposes to change peer review at NSF, glaciers recede in China, deaths by flu and pollution, West Nile Virus in Austin, and more
Part two of a post about a member's visit to DC to lobby Congressional staffers to increase federal science funding.
A member of Austin Science Advocates went to DC to lobby Congressional representatives to increase federal science funding. Here she summarizes what she learned during her preparation.
This week: EPA wants your comments on repealing regulations, science as a values issue, National Parks supports >300,000 jobs/year, TX SBOE removes anti-evolution language from science standards, and more
Talking across the political divide requires some understanding of human psychology and a lot of respect and empathy. Here we provide some techniques to help you have conversations with people who oppose your viewpoint.