Policy & Critical Issues News

Stay up-to-date with the latest geoscience policy information and news by reading our policy news briefs and monthly review digests, reviewing the latest trends in federal geoscience funding, and reading our recents posts on the AGI Geotimes blog about events and other items of interest related to our Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues programs.

Policy News Briefs

Policy News Briefs feature the most up-to-date geoscience policy information. The Policy Monthly Review and other special updates cover geoscience policy activities and related events in Washington, D.C.

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Latest Policy News Briefs

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How should the federal government price carbon in its assessments?
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Today, President Trump released his FY 2018 budget request outlining funding priorities and top-line spending levels for federal agencies.
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On January 31 President Trump announced his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
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President Trump issued the “Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” on January 30.
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The House passed the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R.5) on January 11.
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On February 15, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ-6) introduced an amendment (H.R.1068) to t the Safe Drinking Water Act, which was last amended in 1996.
On February 17, the Senate unanimously passed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act (S.442).
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The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing on the future of NASA on February 16, 2017.
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Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL-8) introduced the Reasserting American Leadership in Space Act (H.R.870) on February 3.

Latest Policy Monthly Reviews

Federal Geoscience Funding

AGI provides testimony to several subcommittees on programs of importance to the geoscience community.

You can keep up-to-date with the Library of Congress Table on Current Status of FY 2017 Appropriations Bills. The AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Project website has information on trends in federal research and development funding, including information on the president's request, congressional budget resolution, 302(b) allocations, and each science-related appropriations bill.

Blog Posts

Read our recent posts from the AGI Geotimes blog about Policy & Critical Issues topics.

Latest Policy & Critical Issues Blog Posts

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Looking for science storytelling in DC? Free next Thursday night? The Story Collider is hosting a storytelling event featuring our 2015-16 Fisher Congressional Fellow Gifford Wong! Wong received his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College, and he now works for the U.S. State Department as a...
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Today's Map of the Day from the Critical Issues resource platform is an interactive map of disposal and injection wells in Kentucky from the Kentucky Geological Survey. Follow AGI's Critical Issues Program on Twitter to get your daily map! 
U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) map of groundwater depletion
It's Groundwater Awareness Week 2017 (#GWAwarenessWeek if you're on twitter)! Today's Critical Issues Map of the Day from the USGS and shows the cumulative depletion of groundwater for 40 aquifer systems across the U.S (excluding Alaska). The map depicts depletion over the time period of 1900 to...
Map of the Day: Below-Normal Streamflow in the U.S.
While it's been a wet winter for California, there are many places in the Eastern U.S. that experiencing below normal streamflow. Today's "Map of the Day" is from the U.S. Geological Survey WaterWatch program. The map identifies drought conditions ranging from extreme hydrological droughts to below...
Welcome to March! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: On February 8th we held our most recent webinar, “Assessing, Mitigating, and Communicating Flood Risk,” showcasing efforts and resources on federal, state, and local levels, including case studies from South Carolina and Colorado...
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...
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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, click here. Information is also copied...
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, hazards, mineral resources, and...
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...
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...