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IES Water Glyph
House holds contentious hearing on EPA’s proposed changes to Clean Water Act
Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing on July 9 to discuss proposed changes to the Clean Water Act.
Document Type: News Brief

 

IES Water Glyph
House hearing on EPA veto authority in Clean Water Act
Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
On July 15, the House Transportation Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) permit veto authority under the Clean Water Act.
Document Type: News Brief

 

U.S. Capitol
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds field hearing to discuss Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas production
Date: Monday, July 7, 2014
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a field hearing on July 7 in Lafayette, Louisiana to discuss opportunities for increasing oil and gas production.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Data Visualization
Markup of H.R. 4012, The Secret Science Reform Act of 2014
Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Document Type: Hearing Summary

 

Salt marsh near Pescadero, California
House appropriations bill funding EPA and USGS passes subcommittee
Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a markup on July 9 on the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Data Visualization
NASA launches satellite aimed at measuring carbon dioxide levels
Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
On the morning of July 2, NASA launched a satellite tasked with measuring the global distribution of carbon dioxide.
Document Type: News Brief

 

U.S. Capitol
Federal Register - June 2014
A list of notices from the federal register for June 2014 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, EPA, FEMA, USGS and more.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Atlantic waves
Secretary Jewell speaks at Capitol Hill Ocean Week
Capitol Hill Ocean Week took place June 10 to 12, 2014 and was sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and many nonprofit organizations and private companies.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Earth
House hearing on the future of human space exploration and the path to Mars
On June 25, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a full committee hearing on the future of space exploration and NASA’s goal of landing humans on Mars.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Earth
NASA plans mission to redirect asteroid for study
NASA is asking the public for help in identifying asteroids suitable for study in its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), with the goal of capturing an asteroid with a robotic spacecraft, redirecting it to orbit the moon, and ultimately sending astronauts to study it.
Document Type: News Brief

 

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