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Climate Change

As climate change grows in importance as a societal and environmental issue affecting the nation and the world, FYI is committed to covering climate research policy and funding. FYI tracks policy developments that have implications for the conduct of climate science and congressional oversight of federally funded climate science.

 
22 Jan 2007

Last Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) delivered the Democrats’ national Address on the State of the Union. Reid’s speech focused on “critical challenges around the world America must confront.” Pelosi’s speech concentrated on domestic issues, including federal policies to strengthen R&D and global warming. Excerpts from Pelosi’s presentation follow:

INNOVATION AGENDA:

 
31 Jan 2008

John Marburger, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, addressed the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting last month.

 
30 Jan 2008

Scientists representing the American Geophysical Union released a new statement on climate change on January 24th, that says, “Earth’s climate is now clearly out of balance and is warming.”The statement, an update of the AGU’s 2003 climate change position statement, says that when the scientific data related to warming is studied, “the human footprint on Earth is apparent.”  In releasing Human Impacts on Climate Change, the organization’s strongest statement to date on the impact of global warming, AGU president Timothy Killeen said, “the changes we’re seeing are best

 
28 Jan 2010

Last night President Barack Obama touched on many matters of considerable interest to the physics and science education communities in his State of the Union address: innovation, basic research funding, clean energy production, climate change, education, and nuclear weapons policy.  When the President sends his FY 2011 budget request to Congress next Monday, February 1, his specific intentions for many of these matters will be made clearer.  Of note will be the Administration’s request for science funding, which is a component of the total discretionary budget that the President announced h

 
30 Jun 2011

The  House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a divisive hearing recently  to examine the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) proposal  to create a Climate Service. Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) opened the hearing by  noting his “irritation” with the lead witness, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco,  whose written testimony was delivered to the Committee late. Said Hall, “The Committee invited NOAA more than three  weeks ago. It is truly appalling that this testimony was 26 hours late and is  27 pages.”

 
15 Nov 2012

“I  am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacted by human  behavior and carbon emissions.  And as a  consequence, I think we've got an obligation to future generations to do  something about it.” – President Obama

 
6 Jun 2014

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on May 29 to evaluate the process that the United Nations used in producing an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report.  The Members of the committee were divided along party lines on issues including data analysis, data quality, transparency in author and study selection and whether the report provided biased information.  The hearing preceded President Obama’s announcement of new greenhouse gas emission standards for power plants. 

 
16 May 2014

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) held a May 9 meeting during which they discussed advanced manufacturing partnerships, systems engineering as it relates to healthcare and the implications of Chinese advancements in science, technology, and innovation. 

 
9 Apr 2014

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a summary report for policymakers which outlines the findings in the fifth of a series of assessment reports.  The studies address the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change.  Topics covered include assessment and risk management, observed impacts, and building resilience.  Vulnerability and exposure to human and natural systems, impacts of current and future climate change and potential for adaptation are also addressed in the most recent sum

 
1 Apr 2014

The Administration announced plans for a Climate Data Initiative on March 19 as a part of a series of actions which began with President Obama’s June launch of a Climate Action Plan.  The announcement comes as the Administration seeks to leverage climate data resources to support preparedness for climate events.  The Initiative is intended to strengthen resilience to climate change while increasing the accessibility of government climate data.  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) jointly introduced an Innova

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