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Icebergs in Greeland
State Department announces priorities for Arctic Council chairmanship
On October 23, the U.S. State Department announced that climate change adaptation and mitigation will be top priorities when the U.S. assumes the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015.
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Salt marsh near Pescadero, California
White House introduces new plan to protect federal lands from climate change
On October 8, the White House unveiled a new agenda to protect federal lands against the impacts of changing climate by conserving and restoring natural resources and carbon sinks.
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Salt marsh near Pescadero, California
Gimbel to replace Castle as temporary DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
Date: Friday, October 3, 2014
On October 3, Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell named Jennifer Gimbel, who currently serves as Deputy Commissioner for External and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Bureau of Reclamation, to succeed Ann Castle as temporary Assistant Secretary for Water and Science.
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Galaxy NGC 3310
President Obama announces nominee for NASA Deputy Administrator
On October 16, President Obama nominated MIT professor Dava Newman as Deputy Administrator of NASA. Previous Deputy Administrator Lori Garver resigned in September 2013 to manage the Air Line Pilots Association.
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Hazards fire houses
U.S. Forest Service study will examine wildfire effects on watersheds
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
U.S. Forest Service (USFS) scientists are beginning a three-year study to examine how wildfires affect water supplies.
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Cracked road from earthquake
Scientists and policymakers continue efforts to study and prepare for earthquakes
Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
In the 25 years since the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake, scientists and policymakers have worked to better understand seismic hazards and implement strategies to reduce vulnerability.
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Drilling rig
House passes bills to approve KXL and increase domestic energy production
On September 18, the House passed two legislative packages that would approve the Keystone KL (KXL) pipeline and increase domestic energy production.
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Icebergs in the Weddell Sea
Alaska commission asks that resource development be priority for Arctic Council
The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission has asked the U.S. State Department to prioritize Arctic resource extraction during the 2 year U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council starting in 2015.
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IES Water Glyph
EPA extends comment period for proposed changes to Clean Water Act
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period for a proposed rule to clarify “waters of the United States” as defined under the Clean Water Act.
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Drilling rig
House Democrats urge BLM to take action on illegal drilling
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Following the recent release of a report by the Interior Office of Inspector General (OIG), four House Democrats sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) encouraging it to strengthen its policies for preventing illegal drilling for federal mineral resources.
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