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Excavator mining
China ends export quotas on rare earth elements
Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014
According to a statement released on December 31, China has ended export quotas they previously placed on rare earth elements after the World Trade Organization declared the quotas illegal in August 2014.
Document Type: News Brief


Cracked road from earthquake
New director for USGS Earthquake Science Center
Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
On January 12, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earthquake Science Center named Dr. Steve Hickman as its new director.
Document Type: News Brief


NASA hurricane satellite image
House passes bills on tsunami and windstorm research
Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
On January 7, the House passed two bills that focus on research and preparedness for tsunami and windstorm hazards.
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Capitol at night
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds markup on Keystone XL pipeline
Date: Friday, January 9, 2015
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a business meeting on January 8 to markup legislation titled A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline (S.1).
Document Type: News Brief


IES Oceans Glyph
Draft World Ocean Assessment available for review
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
A draft of the first World Ocean Assessment (WOA) opened for review by registered experts on December 20.
Document Type: News Brief


Atlean Lake in British Columbia.
New data measure water losses across the Western U.S.
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
On December 16, NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists released separate studies reporting significant declines in groundwater in the Western U.S.
Document Type: News Brief


U.S. Capitol with flag
Department of the Interior announces updated scientific integrity policy
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
On December 17, the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced an updated version of its current scientific integrity policy, which was introduced in 2011.
Document Type: News Brief


Capitol at night
Senate confirms energy nominees
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
On December 16, the Senate unanimously confirmed by voice vote several of President Obama’s long-standing nominees for energy advisory posts in one of the final actions of the 113th Congress.
Document Type: News Brief


Icebergs in Greeland
NOAA releases annual Arctic report card
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its annual Arctic report card on December 17, which analyzes climatic trends in the region.
Document Type: News Brief


Lima climate negotiations create road map for 2015 Paris negotiations
Date: Monday, December 15, 2014
United Nations (UN) climate negotiations in Lima closed on December 15 with an agreement that could lead to a global climate accord in Paris next year.
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