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Atlantic waves
CHOW 2016 includes a panel on changing offshore energy portfolios
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Inspired by recent milestones in domestic offshore wind energy and persistently low oil and gas prices, Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW 2016) included a panel on potential changes to U.S. offshore energy portfolios.
Document Type: News Brief


NASA hurricane satellite image
Encouraging private sector partnerships with NOAA in weather forecasting
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing to discuss how partnerships between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the private sector can be strengthened to improve weather forecasting.
Document Type: News Brief


Writing hands
New female leadership for the National Science Board
Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
The National Science Board (NSB) recently announced the election of Dr. Maria Zuber as chair and Dr. Diane Souvaine as vice chair.
Document Type: News Brief


U.S. Supreme Court building
Hearing highlights implications of Supreme Court stay of the Clean Power Plan
Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court stay of the President’s Clean Power Plan (CPP).
Document Type: News Brief


The White House
Federal Register - May 2016
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
A list of notices from the federal register for May 2016 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, USGS, NOAA, NASA, and more.


IES Water Glyph
Five Senate bills focus on western water
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a hearing this May to discuss a suite of water bills aimed at addressing the drought across the West.
Document Type: News Brief


Atlean Lake in British Columbia
New World Bank report outlines how water scarcity could impact us in the future
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
The report projects that water scarcity will increase globally and impact economies, migratory patterns of populations, and create geopolitical conflict.
Document Type: News Brief


IES Water Glyph
DOE awards $4 million in R&D projects to recover critical materials from geothermal fluids
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $4 million to 4 R&D projects at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Washington, the University of Utah, and the University of Wyoming.
Document Type: News Brief


EPA releases final rule on curbing methane emissions
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued three final rules earlier this month to reduce emissions of methane, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other air pollutants from new and modified existing oil and gas production sources.
Document Type: News Brief


The Noble John Sandifer jackup rig
BOEM five-year OCS plan meets opposition in Senate hearing
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
The proposed program calls for 10 lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico, 3 in the Arctic, and none in the Pacific or Atlantic OCS regions.
Document Type: News Brief



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