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Policy News: September 26, 2022

In this issue: Congress Senate ratifies the Kigali Amendment that will reduce HFCs mainly used in air conditioning and appliances. Executive Branch Arati Prabhakar confirmed to be the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Courts Nature covers the Supreme Court’s War on Science. States Louisiana and the Army Corps of Engineers move closer to a…

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Policy News: September 12, 2022

In this issue: Congress Lawmakers are working to pass a short-term spending package to keep the government open in October. Executive Branch Domestic Climate Czar Gina McCarthy to leave the White House this week, Biden hires new climate advisors. States California passes climate legislation. International Australia passes first climate legislation since 2011. Scientific Community NAS reviews the U.S. Global Change…

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Policy News: August 29, 2022

In this issue: New Federal Guidelines for Scholarly Publishing OSTP directs agencies to update their public access policies. Biden Signs Climate Legislation Bill includes $369 billion in energy and climate spending. Congress Members of the House Science Committee urge the White House to increase its requested spending for the Department of Energy Office of Science in FY 2024 budget request….

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Policy News: August 1, 2022

In this issue: Congress Passes NSF, Department of Energy Office of Science Reauthorization Bill The bill increases authorized funding for the National Science Foundation to $18.9 billion over the next five years. Senate Releases FY 2023 Spending Bills Bill includes an over 10% increase for discretionary, non-defense spending. Congress Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)…

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Policy News: July 18, 2022

In this issue: Congress House is expected to pass all fiscal year 2023 spending bills before the August recess. Executive Branch Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management seeking comments on the definition of old growth forests. Courts Court strikes down Trump administration Endangered Species Act regulations. States Virginia Governor appoints former EPA Administrator to regulatory office. International IPBES releases…

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Policy News: July 1, 2022

In this issue: ESA Decries the Supreme Court’s West Virginia v EPA Decision The Supreme Court decision severely hinders the efforts of the United States to reduce emissions. ESA, Scientific Societies Submit Amici Curiae Brief in Sackett v. EPA Supreme Court Case Supreme Court will hear Clean Water Act case in October 2023. House Appropriations Bills Include Increases for Ecological…

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ESA Decries the Supreme Court’s West Virginia v EPA Decision

The Ecological Society of America, representing 8,000 research ecologists and environmental scientists, is greatly concerned about the recent United States Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. EPA. At stake was the ability to reduce carbon emissions under the auspices of the Clean Air Act that gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) power to regulate “the best system of reducing…

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Policy News: June 20, 2022

In this issue: Apply for a Badge to Attend COP27 as an Observer via ESA ESA is accepting expressions of interest from members to receive an ESA “observer status” badge to attend COP27 in Egypt. Congress House passes Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. Executive Branch President Joe Biden is set to name new Office of Science and Technology Policy Director. States…

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Policy News: June 6, 2022

In this issue: Apply for a Badge to Attend COP27 as an Observer via ESA ESA is accepting expressions of interest from members to receive an ESA “observer status” badge to attend COP27 in Egypt. U.S. Global Change Research Program Seeks Comments about Decadal Strategic Plan, Review Editors for National Climate Assessment Nominations for review editors must be submitted by…

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Draft U.S. Global Change Research Program Decadal Strategic Plan, 2022-2031

The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), in collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is requesting comment from the public on its draft Decadal Strategic Plan.  USGCRP is a federal program mandated by Congress to coordinate federal research and investments in understanding the forces shaping the global environment, both human and natural, and their impacts…

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