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.

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.  ...
U.S. Capitol
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.    ...
Image of U.S. Capitol in the evening.
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...
Screenshot of video update on seismic activity in Kansas.
We have a brand new update on last year's webinar, Induced Seismicity in the Midcontinent. One of our speakers, Rex Buchanan, former State Geologist of Kansas, has returned to provide us with an update on seismic activity in Kansas. You can watch the short video on YouTube here: http://bit.ly/2flI6Ed
Mountain Pass Rare Earth Mine, California. This mine dominated global rare earth element production from the 1960s to the 1980s. Although it still contains significant reserves, it closed in 2015 due to competition from China. Credit: Dan Cordier, USGS
On Monday November 14, the National Academies' Committee on Earth Resources held a meeting on Mineral and Energy Resource Issues for the Coming Decade. The meeting covered a wide range of issues and focused on the scientific and technical advances and challenges that will affect mineral and energy resources in the near future. Click "Read More" for some key takeaways:       Current projects in mineral and energy resources at the National Academies include: A study of occupational exposure to coal mine dust in underground mines A...
Screenshot of a graphic showing the Cascadia Subduction Zone
On Thursday November 10, The National Academies' Board on Earth Science and Resources and the Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics held a joint meeting on The Cascadia Subduction Zone: Science, Impacts, and Response. The meeting provided a forum for the discussion of progress and future directions in the monitoring, modeling, measurement, mitigation, and communication of earthquake and tsunami risk in the Pacific Northwest. Click “Read More” for a summary of some key takeaways.   •  Enormous earthquakes up to magnitude 9 or higher, and accompanying tsunamis, have struck the Pacific...