BESC-CoFARM Congressional Visits Day

This opportunity was a fantastic introduction to the to the workings of science, policy and government. I had minimal background in policy and this event was perfect for someone who is beginning to consider science/policy interactions as a career interest. The in-depth briefing prior to our meetings with members of Congress was enlightening and gave me a thorough introduction to the details of the federal science budget and funding...

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Adventures on the Hill

Last week, I had the privilege to spend several days in Washington DC as a graduate student representative of ESA. Along with biologists from several other organizations, we met with congressional staffers to advocate for the expansion of several federal programs that fund non-medical life science research in the 2008 budget. It was my first experience navigating the marbled halls of Capitol Hill, and although I didn’t come away...

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Policy News from ESA’s Public Affairs Office, April 27, 2007

A Bi-Weekly Publication of the Ecological Society of America April 27, 2007 In this Issue: DOE: SENATE PASSES BILL ESTABLISHING NEW ENERGY-RESEARCH AGENCY CLIMATE: FEDS LINKED POLAR BEAR DECLINES TO GHGs PRIOR TO FINAL ‘THREATENED’ LISTING PROPOSAL CLIMATE: UNDER SENATE SCRUTINY, EPA OPENS COMMENT PERIOD ON CA WAIVER PLAN CLIMATE: MD GOVERNOR SIGNS CLEAN CARS ACT TO FOLLOW CA’S LEAD ENDANGERED SPECIES: AGENCY WANTS COOK...

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To replant or not to replant natural barriers? Perhaps that is the wrong question

Contributed by Edward B. Barbier, Department of Economics & Finance, University of Wyoming In a recent editorial in the New York Times (“False Hopes and Natural Disasters”, December 26, 2006), Andrew Baird has criticized Bill Clinton in his role as special envoy for UN tsunami recovery for endorsing publicly a $62 million program for preserving mangroves and coastal reefs as “natural barriers” to future tsunamis in 12...

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Contributing to ESA News and Views

Welcome to ESA News and Views, the ESA blog. We welcome your contributions and comments about ecological research, education, and management. Please read the submmission guidelines and disclaimer on this page for information about how to submit posts or add your comments to others’ posts. We look forward to hearing from you. Contributed by Clifford Duke, Coordinator, ESA News and...

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