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Policy News: October 31, 2016

a{color:#4bb6f5 !important;} ENDANGERED SPECIES / CLIMATE CHANGE: Federal Appeals Court Rules Climate Change Projections Can Support Species Listings A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday, October 24, that species listings under the Endangered Species Act may be based on climate models showing future habitat loss. The San Francisco based court vacated…

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Policy News: October 11, 2016

Webinar: Eyes in the Sky- Drone Use for Ecological Research Many researchers use drones in terrestrial and marine environments, giving scientists unprecedented access to areas previously difficult to reach. In August, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced new measures to  accelerate the safe integration and innovative adoption of unmanned aircraft systems across the United States. These announcements…

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Policy News: September 27 2016

Federal Budget: Senate Republicans and Democrats Divided Over Stopgap Spending Bill The White House Office of Management and Budget held a planning call on Friday Sept. 23 with government agencies, as is required one week before agency spending runs out. Federal agencies are prohibited from spending any funds in the absence of enacted appropriations measures. The previous day, Sept. 22,…

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Policy News: September 14 2016

Conservation: IUCN World Conservation Congress Every four years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) updates its strategic plan. NSF is inviting feedback from the ecological community on the vision, core values, strategic goals and strategic objectives in its current strategic plan. The strategic plan presents an evaluation framework to measure agency performance and describes core approaches and new methods for measuring…

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Policy News: August 24, 2016

NSF Strategic Plan Requesting input from the ecological community USGS Climate Change Ecosystems in the Southeastern U.S. Are Vulnerable to Climate Change EPA Climate Change Clean Power Plan Appeal Ordered for En Banc U.S. Court of Appeals Hearing, September 27 NOAA Data Tools U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Program Office Releases New Data Integration and Visualization Tools Federal Register Notices…

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ESA Policy News: July 27, 2016

Zika funding fails, Democrats cite controversial amendments Politics undermine latest effort at funding response to Zika outbreak. Appropriations break down, omnibus or continuing resolution likely Failure to enact any appropriations measures through regular order prompts focus on stop-gaps. UN Green Climate Funding in doubt Senate removes ban on Green Climate Funding; House rejects similar effort. Canada moves toward national carbon…

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Strange but true tales from botany

The natural world is ripe with stories more incredible than the human mind can possibly fathom. Similarly, some of the most engaging science fiction is set within the boundaries of real phenomena. For example, the tale of a human-eating plant—a legend that dates back to at least 1881, and one that has been popularized by the 1960 American film The…

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