In a consensus letter to U.S. policymakers, a partnership of 31 leading nonpartisan scientific societies today reaffirmed the reality of human-caused climate change, noting that greenhouse gas emissions “must be substantially reduced” to minimize negative impacts on the global economy, natural resources, and human health.
This week, Administrator McCarthy answered questions for nearly three hours at the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hearing “Ensuring Sound Science at EPA.”
The House and Senate Small Business Committees have passed legislation to reauthorize the programs and to increase SBIR and STTR funding levels through H.R. 4783 and S. 2812, respectively, following three hearings this year.
This week’s ongoing Advances in Earth Science Briefing Series focused on these data as an asset for decision-making. Speakers highlighted the current state of data collection and its myriad uses.
Last month, 13 bills of interest to the ocean science and technology community were introduced in Congress or advanced through committee. Appropriations season has been heating up in the Capitol and numerous relevant ocean science spending bills have begun their path toward congressional approval.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard held a hearing this week addressing improving weather forecasting.
On Wednesday, the House passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012) by a vote of 241-178.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science passed their fiscal year (FY) 2017 bill by voice vote this week; it is responsible for funding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Commerce (including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year (FY) 2017 bill by voice vote this week to fund the Department of Defense. The legislation funds critical national security needs, including military operations and readiness programs, as well as research and development.
Every five years, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) must generate a complete plan for upcoming leases on the OCS. In the current proposed plan, 13 leases would be offered, all in the Gulf of Mexico, down from 15 in the previous five-year plan.