Students in Alaska take a field trip to a local salmon stream. An artificial reef is built off the coast of Florida. A duck hunter cleans his gear in Wisconsin. A lifeguard in Delaware explains rip currents to a family on their beach vacation. Even though these differing coastal activities take place over the entire continental U.S., they all have the National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant), in common. Sea Grant is comprised of a network of 33 programs along the nation’s coasts that support “research, education, outreach, and extension activities that provide communities with the tools to increase their resiliency capacities.” Sea Grant and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a briefing on the necessity of economic resiliency in coastal communities in the U.S. and featured three speakers who attested to the importance of resiliency and of Sea Grant’s support.
In 2015, the New York and Massachusetts attorneys general and nine non-profit organizations subpoenaed ExxonMobil for their documents and data about climate change. They were acting on evidence from a report by the Union for Concerned Scientists (UCS) showing that ExxonMobil scientists studied and knew about the negative effects of greenhouse gases since the 1970s. Despite this knowledge, the report showed that the public was provided with disinformation to protect the financial interests of the large oil and gas company.
On September 14, Representatives Jared Polis (CO-02) and David Jolly (Fl-13) launched the U.S. House of Representatives Earth and Space Science Caucus. A reception celebrating the caucus’ formation was held in conjunction with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and was sponsored by the Earth and Space Science Caucus Alliance.
For a third time, Senate Democrats kept the chamber from moving on the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 5293). In July, efforts to move the bill to the floor stalled out after...
A former patent clerk named Albert Einstein sketched notes on the theory of relativity in 1905. More than a century later, the long-standing theory was validated when the Laser Interferometer Gravitation-Wave Observatory detected gravitational waves originating from the collision of two black holes. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which makes possible scientific discovery from space observations to human genetics to volcanic influence on sea level.
This week, a panel discussed the state of North America’s environment based on the sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6) North American regional report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report is one of six regional reports that form a comprehensive overview of environmental health based on input from 1,203 scientists, 160 governments, hundreds of scientific institutions, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, held a hearing on the Coast Guard’s implementation capabilities in the Arctic to outline the state of play in the region.
Presidential Innovation Fellows Program And National Institute Of Standards And Technology Reauthorization Passed By House
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Improvement Act of 2016 (H.R. 5639), which passed by voice vote, would reauthorize NIST through Fiscal Year 2017. The House also passed H.R. 5658, the Tested Ability to Leverage Exceptional National Talent (TALENT) Act of 2016 by an overwhelming margin of 409 to 8.
The Senate voted 90 to 7 in favor of moving the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (S. 2943) to conference committee, where senators will meet with representatives to create one bill from this and the previously-passed House version, H.R. 4909.
Senior Partner Deerin Babb-Brott has been detailed to the White House to serve as Director of the National Ocean Council Office.