Policy & Critical Issues Blog

Stay up to date on issues at the intersection of geoscience and society with our Policy & Critical Issues blog posts from the AGI Geotimes blog.

Cover of the July 2017 AEG News
(2017-08-10)
The Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists continues to track changes and challenges to professional geologist licensure across different states. In addition to a current summary, a new article in the July 2017 issue of AEG News also discusses potential ways to track bills targeting licensure at the state level, including creating something of an "early warning system" of volunteers tasked with tracking these issues in their state. Read the entire article...
 
Earth
(2017-08-01)
Critical Issues Monthly Roundup: July 2017Welcome to August! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program:On July 6th we held our most recent webinar, “Planning for Coastal Storm & Erosion Hazards,” which focused on efforts to anticipate, mitigate, and respond to coastal storms, erosion, and associated hazards at the federal, state, and local level, including case studies from California, Texas, and Georgia. Thank you to the more than 800 people who registered and over 500 who...
 
Allyson Anderson Book conducts geothermal field studies in Iceland.
(2017-07-24)
This post was originally published in the Outdoor Alliance blog. Learn more at outdooralliance.org. Guest post by Allyson Anderson Book, Executive Director of American Geosciences Institute | @AAndersonBook As a geoscientist, I am frequently asked about why I chose my profession.  My answer is deeply rooted in a sense of exploration and adventure – the excitement of getting into...
 
GeoCVD Logo
(2017-07-21)
The American Geosciences Institute, in collaboration with many other geoscience societies, invites members of the geoscience community from across the nation to come to Washington D.C. for the annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Days (Geo-CVD), which will take place this year on September 12-13, 2017. The Geo-CVD is a great opportunity to gain exposure to the federal legislative process, and provide lawmakers with valuable information to inform policy decisions. Join us and many of your colleagues for this two-day event uniting geoscience researchers...
 
Earth
(2017-07-01)
Welcome to July! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: There’s still time to register for our upcoming webinar, “Planning for Coastal Storm & Erosion Hazards”, which will take place on Thursday July 6th, 1:30pm EDT/10:30am PDT. This 90-minute webinar will focus on efforts to anticipate, mitigate, and respond to coastal storms, erosion, and associated hazards at the federal, state, and local level....
 
U.S. Geological Survey library in Hooe Building, Washington DC. Note rotating bookcase at left, next to card catalogs, left to right: J.M. Nickles, J.L.V. McCord original Survey librarian, J.E. Latimer, and Mary Coats. 1917.
(2017-06-20)
Twenty-three science organizations, including AGI and 16 Member Societies, have signed a letter urging Congress to provide continued funding to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Library, "one of the world’s largest and most important Earth and natural resources libraries." Read the full letter here. American Institute of Professional Geologists* American Geosciences Institute American Association of Petroleum Geologists* American Geophysical Union* American Society of Plant Taxonomists Association of American State Geologists*...
 
Coastal hazards webinar flyer. Image Credit: C. Hegermiller, USGS
(2017-06-15)
Register now for this upcoming Critical Issues Webinar! July 6, 2017 at 1:30pm EDT. 90 minutes.   This special 1.5 hour-long AGI Critical Issues webinar will focus on efforts to anticipate, mitigate, and respond to coastal storms, erosion, and associated hazards at the federal, state, and local level. Speakers from California, Texas, and Georgia will discuss the impacts of coastal storms and erosion, tools used for coastal hazard mitigation planning in their regions, and examples of community engagement and...
 
Earth
(2017-06-01)
Welcome to June! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: Our next Critical Issues webinar, “Planning for Coastal Storm & Erosion Hazards”, will take place on Thursday July 6th, 1:30pm EDT/10:30am PDT. This 1.5-hour webinar will focus on efforts to anticipate, mitigate, and respond to coastal storms, erosion, and associated hazards at the federal, state, and local level. Three case studies from around the U.S. will be featured as examples of how coastal hazard planning can evolve over time, with a focus on...
 
Earth
(2017-05-01)
Welcome to May! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: On April 14th we held our most recent webinar, “State Responses to Induced Earthquakes,” showcasing the steps that Oklahoma, Texas, and Ohio have been taking to monitor and reduce earthquakes triggered by oil and gas operations. We were lucky to have three great speakers: Jeremy Boak (Oklahoma Geological Survey), Michael Young (Texas...
 
March for Science logo
(2017-04-11)
At the most recent AGI Member Society Council meeting in Houston, we discussed many topics of interest to our community, including the upcoming March for Science, which will be held on April 22, 2017. To embrace our role as a respected, nonpartisan source of information that reflects the breadth and depth of the geosciences, we are not taking a position on the March. In a formal statement, our Executive Director, Ms. Allyson Anderson Book, emphasized our commitment to brokering “open, respectful communication...
 

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