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Policy News: May 23, 2022

In this issue: NSF Biological Sciences Advisory Committee Meets Recordings of the meeting and key takeaways are now available.  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 Senate confirms Asmeret Asefaw Berhe as the director…

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NSF Biological Science Advisory Committee Meets

NSF’s Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) Advisory Committee met May 11-12. The recording of the meeting is available on YouTube (Day 1 and Day 2) and the meeting agenda is online here. The committee, composed of biological and ecological scientists from across the research enterprise, typically meets twice a year. Highlights of the meeting include: Three of the meeting’s panels focused…

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Policy News: May 9, 2022

In this issue: The National Nature Assessment, Nature Based Solutions and Natural Capital Accounts The recording of the White House roundtable is now available on YouTube. 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 Senate…

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The National Nature Assessment, Nature Based Solutions and Natural Capital Accounts

On April 21st,  the White House hosted a roundtable on Knowledge in Nature: How Nature Can Help Grow A Better Future. Three expert panels talked about on the importance of nature-based solutions, the initiation of Natural Capital Accounts, and the launch of the first-ever U.S. National Nature Assessment. Remarks were given from Dr. Alondra Nelson and Chair Brenda Mallory, as…

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Apply for a Badge to Attend COP27 as an Observer via ESA

ESA is accepting expression of interest from members to receive an ESA “observer status” badge to attend the Conference of Parties (COP) 27 Climate Change Conference, which will take place from Nov. 7-18 in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt. ESA is able to issue a limited number of “observer status” badges to ESA members. Those receiving a badge would not…

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Policy News: April 25, 2022

In this issue: White House Announces First National Nature Assessment  This assessment will provide a comprehensive report on the state of the nation’s lands, waters, and wildlife. Congress House Science Committee to hold hearings about the Department of Energy Office of Science and climate science. Executive Branch White House repeals Trump-era National Environmental Policy Act regulations. Courts Judge upholds critical…

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Policy News: April 11, 2022

In this issue: 5 Takeaways from U.N. report on how world can still stop climate change Report finds there is no hope of slowing global warming without a radical shift to electrical energy and carbon removal. Congress Senate committee approves conservation funding bill. Executive Branch USFWS issues rare emergency rule listing the Dixie Valley toad as an endangered species. Courts…

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Policy News: March 28, 2022

In this issue: Biden Releases Budget Request Request proposes increasing non-defense discretionary spending and spending on climate and clean energy across the government Congress Senate to agree to send the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act to conference committee. Executive Branch USFWS proposes listing the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species. Courts Appeals court revives Biden administration’s social cost of…

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Policy News: March 14, 2022

In this issue: Lawmakers Pass Fiscal Year 2022 Spending Bills NSF receives a four percent increase. ESA Stands with Ukraine ESA stands in solidarity with the scientists, the research community and all Ukrainian people. Congress Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advances nomination of Asmeret Asefaw Berhe to lead Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Executive Branch White House solicits…

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2022 Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients Meet with Congressional Staff

The 2022 Graduate Student Policy Award Cohort met virtually with over 40 Congressional offices on Feb. 16 and 17. Students asked for increased funding for the National Science Foundation, shared the importance of NSF funding to their own careers and the value of their own research. The visits came as Congressional appropriations were working to finalize the fiscal year (FY)…

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