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: Last week to submit your comments on repealing EPA regulations, opposing view points on Utah's Bears Ears, an outbreak of measles in Minnesota, caps on NIH research support, and more
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
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 Oil and mining companies are no longer required to disclose their payments to foreign governments. This rule was part of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, enforced last year by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and repealed by H.J.Res.41 under the Congressional Review Act on the basis that it would reduce competitiveness … Continue reading Weekly Digest – February 13-20
Austin Science Advocates share their experience publicly testifying in January.
A summary of the 2017 SBOE science standards streamlining process
Conservation Paul Gosar (R-Ariz) introduced a bill (H.J.Res 46) to loosen restrictions on drilling in National Parks and then was selected to chair the Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals. His bill would repeal some of Obama’s updates to “9B” regulations including elimination of a cap on compensation for environmental damage and elimination of exemption from … Continue reading Weekly Digest – Jan 30 – Feb 5
Conservation and Alternative Energy Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines are moving forward (NPR). “Wind provided 40 percent of Texas’s electricity for 17 straight hours one windy day in December” (Scientific American). The effort to ban lead bullets at wildlife refuges may be stymied (Wall Street Journal). Texas Water Symposium will be 7pm on Thurs, … Continue reading Weekly Digest – January 23-29, 2017
Conservation Hundreds of endangered blind salamanders were stolen from USFWS site in San Marcos (link). Good news! A 520-acre area called Peaceful Springs has been added to the Balcones Canyonland National Wildlife Refuge, permanently protecting limestone canyons, major bird and butterfly migration routes, and springs that attract endangered bird species. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) … Continue reading Weekly Digest – December 5th, 2016