Deeply troubling signs for federal science and science policy are becoming increasingly evident. Climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt now leads the Environmental Protection Agency and has announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Side-stepping science entirly, the Trump administration's 42-page proposal for repealing former President Obama's Clean Water Rule (WOTUS) is largely built … Continue reading Top Ten Deeply Troubling Signs for Federal Science Policy
On March 29, the House Science Committee convened a hearing titled, “Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method.” The scientific method has become a central issue in the committee’s work this year. The House has passed two bills to overhaul how the Environmental Protection Agency uses and reviews science. Proponents say the legislation would … Continue reading Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method
The Committee on Advancing Understanding of the Human Microbiome will hold its third meeting on January 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. This committee is charged with developing a research strategy to better understand the interactions between environmental chemicals and the human microbiomes and the implications of those interactions on human health risk.
In a Congressionally mandated study supported by the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Academies has appointed a committee to: (i) describe current and emerging requirements for the Coast Guard's polar icebreaking capabilities; (ii) identify potential design, procurement, leasing, service contracts, crewing, and technology options that could minimize life-cycle costs and optimize efficiency and reliability of Coast Guard polar icebreaker operations in the Arctic and Antarctic; and (iii) examine a variety of other factors related to Coast Guard estimates for the procurement and operating costs of a Polar icebreaker.
The outcomes of the White House Arctic Science Ministerial that brought together science ministers and other high-level officials from more than 20 nations are publicly available.
S. 612 Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation (WiiN) Act, S.612, with a vote of 78-21 drew a mix of Republications and Democrats on each side. A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then signed by the President to become law.
Bills to Follow: Increasing Research for- Weather and Forecasting, Great Lakes, Plumbing, Marine Mammals, NASA Authorization and more.