Marine debris is flooding our oceans at an estimated rate of eight million tons of trash annually, and its results are devastating. Scientists have observed nearly 700 different marine species that have already been negatively impacted by marine plastics, and trash could outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050.
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In 2010, President Obama released Executive Order 13547, Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, commonly referred to as the National Ocean Policy (NOP). It is designed to protect, maintain, and restore the health of ecosystems and resources of the oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes; to enhance the sustainability of ocean and coastal economies; to preserve maritime heritage; to support sustainable uses and access; and to coordinate with our national security and foreign policy interests.
From the assessment of sediment characteristics used to identify where to drill for oil to the seismic surveys required to safely anchor a wind turbine, when it comes to finding and securing energy in an offshore environment, geosciences are of the utmost importance.
The U.S. was once unequivocally the top nation in science and a global destination for burgeoning technologies. While the U.S. is still the largest investor in public and private research and development, contributing 27 percent of global research and development investment, China is increasing their support and is catching up (currently at 20 percent), with other countries, such as India and Japan, following suit. Congress wants the U.S. to control the top of the science podium, and they are seeking expert recommendations for how to achieve this goal. Witnesses from government, academia, and industry answered the call by bringing forth concrete suggestions for how government can- and should- support the scientific community.
Since the Consortium for Ocean Leadership Legislative Tracker was last updated on March 4th, 20 bills of interest to the ocean sciences community were introduced in Congress.
New National Science Board report emphasizes higher education sector’s essential contributions to the nation
Against all odds, another group of children who are suing the government to protect the environment against the harm of global warming in their future, have won in court. Again.
The University of Miami announced their new initiative, The Climate Change Special Report, which provides an interactive, online resource for interested members of community, government, and media.
NOAA on Thursday announced Jonathan R. Pennock, Ph.D., director of New Hampshire Sea Grant and a longtime coastal scientist, will be the new leader of NOAA’s National Sea Grant College program.
Scientists supported by the Department of Energy likely won’t be happy with Congress’s version of the budget for the agency in fiscal year 2017, which begins 1 October.