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6 April 2017

Spring Is Here, It’s Time to Submit Your Fall Meeting Session Proposal

By Denis-Didier Rousseau, Fall Meeting Program Chair Spring not only yields the potential for much nicer weather and longer days, it is also, perhaps more importantly, the classic time to submit session proposals for the Fall Meeting. This is a critical scientific season, as it will strongly impact the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting program. During my two terms as chair of the Program Committee, I have had the opportunity to introduce …



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28 March 2017

AGU Responds to President Trump’s Roll Back of Clean Power Plan

I issued the following statement earlier today in response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to overhaul the Clean Power Plan: “The scientific consensus is clear; the climate is changing, humanity is the major influence, and some of the resulting impacts on society are likely to be severe. That’s why AGU’s climate science position statement, which doesn’t reference any specific climate policies, is nevertheless titled “Human‐Induced Climate Change Requires Urgent …



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27 March 2017

Fostering International Collaboration Amid Policy Challenges

By Eric Davidson, President, American Geophysical Union and Lauren Parr, Director of Meetings, American Geophysical Union Changes in immigration and visa policies instituted by U.S. President Donald Trump are causing confusion and concern across many sectors—and are beginning to have a negative impact on international science collaborations. Many non-American scientists are rightfully concerned that they may be challenged when seeking entry into the United States. They could face barriers even …



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16 March 2017

White House Budget’s Proposed Cuts Jeopardize American Public Health, Safety, and Security

UPDATE: The numbers included below are in comparison to current funding levels, which are those that were passed in the most recent omnibus spending bill. The White House recently released its budget proposing the following cuts: 31% cut to EPA’s budget including a 20% reduction of EPA staff Up to a 15% cut to USGS 2% reduction to DOE’s budget including the elimination of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy …



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10 March 2017

AGU Responds to Statements from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Climate Change

Yesterday, Scott Pruitt, the newly installed head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), made a statement regarding climate change in answer to a question posed to him on a CNBC program. “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the …



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9 March 2017

The President-elect’s Welcome

— By Robin Bell, President-elect, AGU I am honored to have been elected to serve as AGU’s president-elect in what is emerging as a challenging time for science. It is my hope that by working together through AGU we will meet this challenge and emerge stronger having conveyed a broader understanding of the importance and relevance of earth and space science to people everywhere. I decided to become a geophysicist …



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6 March 2017

Proposed Agency Cuts Threaten Critical Lines of Defense for Public Safety, Economy and Security 

Last week, advance details of the White House’s proposed cuts to NOAA and the EPA were published by the Washington Post. NOAA’s overall budget is proposed to be cut by a total of 17%, with some programs slated to be cut more deeply or eliminated altogether. The White House proposal would cut the EPA budget by 25%, where 20% of staff would also be cut. These numbers are preliminary – …



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28 February 2017

U.S. Agency Nominations and the State of Science

As some of the individuals nominated to lead the federal science agencies under President Trump start to be confirmed – with others likely to be confirmed in coming weeks, AGU stands ready to work with them and offer our expertise and the expertise of our members. That said, we acknowledge that some of the nominees have made statements in the past that have given us cause for concern (read our …



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23 February 2017

AGU Announces Endorsement of the March for Science

— By Eric Davidson, President, AGU, and Robin Bell, President-Elect, AGU A few short weeks ago, a group of scientists on Reddit and Twitter were looking for a way to speak publicly in support of science, research, and evidence-based policy in light of recent communications and actions taken by the new administration and Congress. These discussions sparked a massive outpouring of support and ultimately grew into the March for Science …



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17 February 2017

Special Election to Fill AGU Board Vacancy Begins 16 February

Editor’s Note: This post first appeared in Eos.org.  With Susan Avery’s recent resignation, the AGU Board has a vacant position to fill. The Governance Committee would like to take this opportunity to help AGU members better understand the process the committee follows to identify, vet, and select Board candidates. In this article, committee members will also explain their recommendation of Lisa Graumlich to fill the vacancy. Membership Vote The AGU …



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