Policy News: November 4, 2019
Nov04

Policy News: November 4, 2019

In This Issue: Senate Advances Spending Bills, Status of Appropriations Uncertain Bills fund the Departments of Interior and Agriculture, National Science Foundation and more. Congress House passes bills banning mining and drilling the Grand Canyon and Chaco National Historical Park. Executive Branch White House revives President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Courts Conservation groups challenge the...

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Policy News: October 21, 2019
Oct21

Policy News: October 21, 2019

In This Issue: House Natural Resources Committee Considers Bills to Boost Funding for Conservation, Create Wildlife Corridors Bill would provide $1.4 billion in dedicated funding. Congress House Science Committee advances scientific integrity legislation. Executive Branch Draft Environmental Impact Statement exempts the Tongass National Forest from 2001 Roadless Rule. Courts Federal judge blocks the implementation of 2019 sage grouse...

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Policy News: October 7, 2019
Oct07

Policy News: October 7, 2019

In This Issue: Senate Spending Bills Include Modest Increase for NSF, Interior Agencies NSF receives 3% increase. States Challenge New Endangered Species Act Regulations in Courts House Natural Resources Committee pushes a bill to reverse regulations; Congressional Western Caucus releases draft legislation to codify the new rules. Newest IPCC Report Highlights ‘Unprecedented and Enduring Changes in the Ocean and...

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Policy News: September 23, 2019
Sep23

Policy News: September 23, 2019

In This Issue: North American bird populations decrease an estimated 30% in 50 years Common bird species severely impacted. Senate Appropriations Bills Include Increases for Department of Energy and Agricultural Research Programs The Department of Energy’s Office of Science receives a 9.6% increase. Administration Finalizes EIS for drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge The House of Representatives passes bill to stop...

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Policy News: September 9, 2019
Sep09

Policy News: September 9, 2019

In This Issue: Multi-society Letter on Foreign Influence Sixty scientific societies respond to increased scrutiny of foreign influence and espionage in science. Administration Finalizes Endangered Species Act Regulations, Environmental Groups Challenge Changes in Courts Changes would allow agencies incorporate economic considerations into listing decisions and reverse a rule that automatically gives threatened species similar...

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Policy News: July 29, 2019
Jul29

Policy News: July 29, 2019

In This Issue: 104th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America convenes in Louisville, KY Meeting plenaries and symposia explore the meeting theme “Bridging Communities and Ecosystems: Inclusion as an Ecological Imperative.” Honeybees in the Crosshairs EPA affirms the use of the pesticides chlorpyrifos and sulfoxaflor. Congress White House, Congressional leaders reach an agreement to boost nondefense...

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Policy News: July 15, 2019
Jul15

Policy News: July 15, 2019

In This Issue: Foreign Influence and Collaborations Under Scrutiny in Agencies and in the House National Defense Authorization Act NSF issues ‘Dear Colleague’ letter addressing foreign interference in research. Congress House passes 2020 National Defense Authorization Act including and foreign interference in science provision. Executive Branch A White House plan to critically review climate science in on indefinite hold....

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Policy News: July 1, 2019
Jul01

Policy News: July 1, 2019

In This Issue: Member Opportunities Action Alert: Ask your Members of Congress to raise the caps and restore funding for science. Apply to join the Rapid Response Team. House Boosts Funding for Ecological Science, Blocks Offshore Drilling, Pebble Mine NSF receives a 7% increase. House Science Committee Advances Harassment, Diversity Bills Bill would create an interagency working group to develop a “uniform set of policy...

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Policy News: June 17, 2019
Jun17

Policy News: June 17, 2019

In This Issue: NSF BIO Advisory Committee Considers NEON User Engagement, No-deadline Policy A subcommittee tasked with understanding the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) user engagement recommended the formation of a separate entity for community user engagement. Member Opportunities Apply to join the Rapid Response Team. Congress House Science Committee holds hearings on IPBES Global Assessment, harassment in the...

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NSF BIO Advisory Subcommittee Recommends Separate, Independent Entity for NEON User Engagement
Jun04

NSF BIO Advisory Subcommittee Recommends Separate, Independent Entity for NEON User Engagement

A subcommittee tasked with understanding National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) user engagement recommended the formation of a separate entity for community user engagement. This entity would interact directly with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to accomplish NEON’s mission and would be independent of the NEON contractor Battelle Memorial Institute. The NSF-funded half-billion-dollar ecological observatory’s...

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