February 6, 2024

2023 Year-End AGU Legislative Report

2023 was one of the least productive Congressional years in decades. However, the AGU science policy community remained active, engaged, and ambitious! Learn more about AGU’s science policy and government relations programs, activities, and accomplishments by reading our year in review.     The report is divided into four sections. In the first section, Amplify the voices of the Earth and space science community, you’ll read about AGU’s work to …


January 31, 2024

AGU’s 2024 Policy Priorities

AGU is a global community of more than half a million scientists, professionals and allies in the Earth and space sciences. Through broad and inclusive partnerships, AGU accelerates knowledge and creates solutions that are ethical, unbiased, and respectful of communities and their values.    Expand discovery and innovation in the Earth and space sciences  Discovery-driven exploration of Earth and space advances fundamental knowledge and inspires the public. When broadly and …


January 26, 2024

Voices for Science Fellow Highlight: Chia-Chun Angela Liang  

Since 2017, AGU’s Voices for Science program has helped scientists sharpen their science policy and communication skills through monthly coaching, quarterly trainings, and networking to be a strong voice for science issues that matter to them most. The Fellows of the Voices for Science program choose their own flexible advocacy and outreach goals and work towards them throughout their year in the program. Many scientists have incorporated the skills gained …


January 17, 2024

AGU endorses H.R.6234, the “Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2023”

On 22 December 2023, AGU sent a letter to Representative Bonamici endorsing H.R.6234, the “Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2023”.   On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our worldwide Earth and space science community, I am writing to thank you for introducing H.R.6234, the “Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2023” and to offer AGU’s support for this important bill.   Tsunamis, and other …


January 8, 2024

AGU joins 920 organizations in letter to adopt bipartisan Senate funding framework for NDD FY24 spending

On 4 January, AGU joined 920 organizations asking Congress to adopt the bipartisan Senate funding framework as a starting point for final negotiations in the FY24 appropriations process. Read the full text of the letter below:   Dear Speaker Johnson, Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Jeffries:   The 850 undersigned organizations—representing the full breadth of diverse programs that support all of America, every day—are extremely alarmed …


January 5, 2024

Reflections from the AAAS’ Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering Workshop, 2023

Madeline Nyblade, a PhD Candidate at University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, was sponsored by AGU in 2023  to attend the AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering Workshop with Washington DC.  AGU is proud to sponsor one student member to participate in the AAAS CASE Workshop again in 2024. We are particularly seeking students with strong interest but limited experience and knowledge of science policy and advocacy, and who …


November 30, 2023

Standing Up for Science: CSLDF at the 2023 AGU Fall Meeting

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) and AGU work together to help scientists understand their legal rights and responsibilities—knowledge that’s an essential part of every researcher’s professional development.   This year, we’re offering several exciting events at AGU’s 2023 Fall Meeting. Whether you’re already involved in scientific and political activism, have questions related to your scientific field or legal rights, or are simply curious about how scientists can get …


November 29, 2023

Advancing wetland restoration as a climate change mitigation strategy

By Robert Feder, AGU Fall 2023 intern. Wetland ecosystems have a tremendous capacity to sequester carbon owing to inefficient organic matter decomposition in waterlogged soils. Modern wetlands like peatlands have been accumulating carbon for millennia, thereby making wetland soils a major reservoir of stable carbon on Earth. Then, in three centuries, an estimated twenty-one percent (21%) of Earth’s inland wetlands were lost to drainage or conversion, with much of the …


November 14, 2023

AGU sends letter to Appropriations Committees on FY24 appropriations

On 7 November 2023, AGU sent a letter to leadership on the Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate regarding appropriations for Fiscal Year 2024. AGU thanked the committees for averting a government shutdown in September but urged them to continue working towards full and robust support of scientific agencies. Read the full text of the letter below.   On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our worldwide …


October 31, 2023

Join AGU Science Policy at #AGU23

  Science Policy events at #AGU23  AGU’s annual meeting is just around the corner! We are thrilled to return to San Francisco in person this year and online everywhere. Our Science Policy Team has been busy preparing a packed schedule of science policy events for our members – whether you want to hear about coalition-building, learn the basics and start your journey into science policy, or even take the next …