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.

U.S. national map showing drought risk.
(2016-08-11)
#MapOfTheDay! Explore #drought risk across the U.S. http://bit.ly/1FRHakA via @DroughtCenter ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
 
Geologic Map of Georgia, USA
(2016-08-05)
#MapOfTheDay! It's time to explore the geology of Georgia with this interactive map: http://bit.ly/1SbEhSE via @USGS ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
 
Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climatic Conditions is a National map of the U.S. that only shows topographic relief. Superimposed on top are symbols for hydroelectric power, nuclear power, oil and gas, coal power, electricity and solar.
(2016-08-04)
#MapOfTheDay! How does climate impact energy? Find out here: http://bit.ly/1Mu6wHO via the Department of Energy twitter account @ENERGY
 
(2016-08-03)
AGI's Geoscience Policy Program has published the July 2016 Geoscience Policy Monthly Review. There are updates on arctic drilling regulations, nuclear waste storage, the future of Yucca Mountain, management of Superfund sites, the status of icebreakers and satellites, and a new foundation to mitigate abandoned mines. Additionally, the review covers a recent breifing held by the Congressional Hazards Caucus Alliance on...
 
Screen shot of today's weather hazards on the www.weather.gov site.
(2016-08-03)
#MapOfTheDay! What are today's hazards? Find out here: http://weather.gov via @WRNAmbassadors ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
 
(2016-08-02)
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is hosting a workshop "Drones and the Future of Aviation" today which can be live-streamed. OSTP also outlined key actions that will be announced today including: $35 million in research funding from NSF, and a broad range of...
 
Cover of the Updated Version of the Geochemical Atlas of Alaska. Watercolor of a plane flying through Alaskan Mountain Ranges.
(2016-08-01)
The USGS has released an updated version of the Geochemical Map of Alaska. Additionally, the USGS Minerals Program tweeted an interview regarding the origins of this update - namely stable access to critical minerals. AGI's Critical Issues Program hosted a webinar on the "Science and Supply of Critical...
 
(2016-07-29)
#MapOfTheDay! Where are mineral resources & mines in the U.S.? Interactive #map: http://bit.ly/1F8jS9m  via @USGS ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
 
July 28, 2016 Critical Issues Map of the Day: Groundwater Depletion for 40 U.S. aquifer systems
(2016-07-28)
#MapoftheDay: Groundwater depletion for 40 U.S. aquifer systems: http://bit.ly/1GDtI4g  via @USGS ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
 
Satellite image of Hurricane Isabel.  Image Credit: Jacques Descloitres, NASA
(2016-06-27)
June 16, 2016 -The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held their Monthly Climate Briefing telecast on June 16, 2016. The presentations summarized NOAA’s May U.S. and global climate analyses, monthly and seasonal forecasts, and the outlook for La Niña development. The speakers were Deke Arndt and Brad Pugh, both of NOAA. Arndt discussed recent temperature trends in the U.S. and globally, pointing out that May 2016 was the warmest May on record at 0.87°C (1.57°F) above the 20th century average, a trend driven largely...
 

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