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May 27, 2014

EarthScope, a Grand Earth-Observing Project with an Epic Future

By Linda R. Rowan, Director of External Affairs, UNAVCO and J Ramon Arrowsmith, EarthScope National Office Director and Professor of Geology, Arizona State University   EarthScope is a grand earth-observing project funded by the National Science Foundation that has had many science discoveries, technological innovations and broader societal benefits. For example, Popular Science declared it the “most epic” science project in 2011. EarthScope has several large-scale and mostly distributed observatories. …


May 22, 2014

Applying science to natural resource policy issues: Social science joins natural and physical sciences

By Jana Davis, Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Trust As AGU members, we generally focus on the contribution of physical and natural science solutions to policy questions. But sometimes an issue calls for us to step outside the boundaries of these “hard” sciences to the social sciences. Areas in which many of us tend to be less comfortable. And less trained. Watershed restoration and protection can be just such an issue. …


May 14, 2014

4 maps on America’s climate and energy outlook: 2 that will worry you, 2 that will give you hope

Originally posted on the Opower blog On Tuesday, the White House released the most authoritative scientific report ever written about the current and future consequences of climate change in the United States. The findings of the report, known as the National Climate Assessment (NCA), are striking. Average temperatures in the United States have increased by 1.3 to 1.9°F since 1895, and most of that warming has occurred in the last …


May 12, 2014

As West Antarctica melts, the urgency for climate change adaptation rises

By Lexi Shultz, Director of Public Affairs at the American Geophysical Union and Kat Compton, Public Affairs Intern As if the recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the National Climate Assessment (NCA) weren’t enough of a reminder of the ways in which human actions are changing our planet, new research published in the current edition of Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) presents evidence that part of …


May 8, 2014

Science Confirms (Again) What Cities Already Know: Climate Change is Happening Now

By Carolyn Berndt, Program Director for Sustainability, National League of Cities Originally posted on The continuing drought in the west and wildfires burning in the plains are real world examples—happening right now—of what scientists say is evidence of climate change. Remember the floods in Colorado last year and Hurricane Sandy the year before? Those too are indicative of the kinds of extreme weather events the U.S. will face in …


May 6, 2014

The Climate Conversation Needs Your Voice

By Lexi Shultz, Director of Public Affairs at the American Geophysical Union Today, the White House released the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s (USGCRP) third National Climate Assessment (NCA). This report, coming in at 1,300 pages and written by more than 300 authors (many of whom are American Geophysical Union members) is an impressive accounting of the many current and future effects of climate change across the country. The NCA …


March 21, 2014

The President’s Budget Request: A Mixed Bag for Science

The President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) is a mixed bag for science. According to the White House, the FY15 budget request strives to build on the progress made by Congress with the recent omnibus passage, while continuing to cut the deficit in a balanced way. For Earth and space science, the proposed budget contains both good and bad news.


February 26, 2014

March Madness

The most recent budget showdown has just barely faded over the horizon. The president and Congress can finally talk about something that doesn’t involve the contentious issue of doling out funding for the government to stay open and operating. We can finally get back to focusing on setting policy – or can we?


February 21, 2014

Aaaannndddd We’re Back!

Between the Arctic conditions and what felt like hurricane-force winds, Chicago was not the most enjoyable place to be in February. But did we let that dampen our spirits while attending the AAAS Annual Meeting? Absolutely not.


February 12, 2014


Every year, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) draws thousands of individuals from across the globe to their annual meeting. This year, the event will be held in the Windy City this Thursday, 13 February through Monday, 17 February. The temperature forecast looks to be in the teens. Brrrr.