May 12, 2023

Water on the Global Scale: 2023 UN Water Conference

Abbey Sisti is a PhD candidate at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Her research explores the effects of climate change related conditions on marine invertebrates. As a scientist funded by federal grants, Abbey is passionate about putting the best available science in front of decision makers in a form that is digestible and relevant for public policy and regulation.   Last month, the United Nations did something it hadn’t …


March 9, 2023

AGU’s 2023 Policy Priorities

In 2019, AGU began developing annual policy priorities to help focus our advocacy work and speed up the advancement of important science policy and legislation. Our policy priorities reflect not only AGU’s broader strategic goals and current policy landscape, but also the needs and priorities of our members. To represent the diversity of AGU’s community, all within the Earth and space science community were encouraged to participate in a survey …


December 19, 2022

Seeking Comments on Two Draft AGU Position Statements

AGU members have until 20 January 2023 to comment on revisions to the organization’s position statements on ocean science and research and climate intervention.   The statement on ocean science and research focuses on the international need for integrated research, extensive education, and effective management actions to sustainably govern ocean resources and address the inequitable impacts of climate change.  It calls for collaboration among diverse stakeholders to forge a path of …


November 28, 2022

CSLDF at the 2022 AGU Fall Meeting

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) and AGU work together to help geoscientists understand their legal rights and responsibilities—knowledge that’s an essential part of every researcher’s professional development. This year, we’re offering a range of events at AGU’s 2022 Fall Meeting. Whether you’re actively involved in scientific and political activism or curious about how scientists can be involved in government rulemaking, we encourage you to participate in these events …


November 1, 2022

Check out Science Policy events at AGU22

Science Policy events at #AGU22  AGU’s annual Fall Meeting is just around the corner! We are thrilled to be in Chicago 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 step …


October 4, 2022

AGU sends Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations requests to Congress

On September 21 2022, AGU sent its Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations request to leadership in the Senate.    On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our worldwide Earth and space science community, I would like to thank you for your efforts to finalize fiscal year 2023 (FY2023) appropriations. We respectfully urge you to reach a bipartisan agreement that prioritizes robust investments in our nation’s scientific enterprise and to …


August 29, 2022

CHIPS and Science Act: AGU highlights and takeaways

On 9 August 2022 President Biden signed into law the Chips and Science Act. While it is largely talked about as an investment in our semiconductor industry and a national security win, this law is arguably more about advancing the U.S. scientific enterprise.     At the heart of the science portion of the law is a compromise between the policies set forth in the Senate U.S. Innovation and Competition Act …


August 24, 2022

AGU sends letter of support for PREPARE Act

On 24 August 2022, AGU sent a letter to Representative Cartwright in support of the Preparedness and Risk Management for Extreme Weather Patterns Assuring Resilience and Effectiveness (PREPARE) Act.  On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our worldwide community of 130,000 Earth and space science experts and enthusiasts, I am writing to thank you for crafting the Preparedness and Risk Management for Extreme Weather Patterns Assuring Resilience and …


August 10, 2022

Senate Appropriations Committee majority release their FY23 spending bills

Just before Congress’ August recess, Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee released all 12 of their Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) appropriations bills. In this post, we’ll detail the Committee majority’s spending and programmatic highlights for federal science agencies and offices.   Department of Energy   Budget (rounded to the nearest million)  FY22 FY23 President’s Budget Request (PBR)  FY23 Senate Appropriations Percent Change Senate FY23 vs FY22 Percent Change Senate FY23 …


July 27, 2022

AGU sends letter of Support for CHIPS innovation package to Congress

On 27 July 2022, AGU sent a letter to leadership in the House of Representatives supporting the CHIPS+ innovation package and highlighting AGU priorities included in the bill.    As Congress prepares to vote on the CHIPS + Act, we want to thank Congress for including several critical pieces of bipartisan legislation of priority to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our community of 130,000 in the Earth and space …