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.

Map of the Day 2/27/2017: Mines and Mineral Resources
Do you know where the U.S. mines and mineral resources closet to you are? Perhaps now is the time to explore the Critical Issues Map of the Day, one of the many resources on the online resource platform. Using this USGS map tool, you can zoom in to obtain reports on past and present mines, mine prospects, and processing plants. Follow Critical Issues on Twitter for daily...
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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Earth Sciences and Resources is hosting a one-day workshop on March 27.  No charge for registration, which includes the option for virtual attendance. For information and registration,...
Welcome to February! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: We’ve revamped our website to make it easier to find useful geoscience information. Visit our “Explore the Geosciences” homepage, or check out our updated information portals on climate, energy,...
AGI Forum 2016 Groundwater Issues
Video footage from the 2016 AGI Critical Issues Forum is now available. Check it out here.   The 2016 AGI Critical Issues Forum was a 1-½ day meeting covering multiple aspects of groundwater depletion in the High Plains. Break-out sessions and participant discussions identified lessons learned and best practices from the High Plains Aquifer experience that might apply to other regions facing changes in the...
Geoscience Currents #115
In December, the AGI Workforce Program published Geoscience Currents #115 - "State Geological Survey Publications: Reaching Beyond State Boundaries." Many publications from state geological surveys are featured in the Critical Issues Research Database, which is maintained by AGI's Critical Issues Program.  ...
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Use your geoscience knowledge to help shape federal policy in Washington, DC. Applications for the William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship are due February 1st! Learn more at bit.ly/AGI-CSF.     AGI
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The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) recently shared an award opportunity for graduate students. The 2017 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in science policy. The award is open to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents enrolled in a graduate degree program in the biological sciences, science education, or a closely allied field....
Map of the Day of the District of Columbia from the Office of the Chief Technology Officer
AGI's Critical Issues Program highlighted a map from District of Columbia's Office of the Chief Technology Officer's (@OCTODC) DC Atlas as its map of the day for December 28, 2016. It has over 340 online layers, which include those with geoscience data. The map is available at: http://bit.ly/1MSYBXy. Check the Critical Issues Program's twitter account daily (@AGI_GeoIssues...
On Thursday and Friday, December 1-2, the National Academies' Roundtable on Unconventional Hydrocarbons held a workshop on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Development: Legacy Issues, Induced Seismicity, and Innovations in Managing Risk. The meeting brought together experts from industry, academia, state and federal agencies, and environmental organizations to assess recent and potential future developments in understanding, monitoring, and mitigating the risks associated with oil and gas production. Click “Read More” for...
Welcome to December! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: We have renovated the Case Studies section of our website, which you can now browse and search much like the Frequent Questions and Maps & Visualizations pages. In addition to case studies from past AGI publications, we have posted 12 new case studies from the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. These data-rich case...