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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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3 February 2017

AGU President Eric Davidson: The Path Before Us

If the thought had ever crossed my mind when I first joined AGU in 1990 that I might one day join its leadership, I would have dismissed it as highly unlikely. As a graduate student, I had imprinted on a community of soil scientists and ecologists. I attended my first AGU meeting to stand in for my post-doctoral advisor to deliver a talk in an Atmospheric Sciences session on sources …

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30 January 2017

AGU, GSA Respond to Immigration Ban’s Impact on Science

Today, AGU and the Geological Society of America (GSA) responded to President Trump’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” that restricts entrance to the U.S. for citizens from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen). The full statement is included below: AGU and GSA Respond to President Trump’s Executive Order: “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United …

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26 January 2017

Susan Avery Steps Down from AGU Board of Directors

I wanted to let you know that Susan Avery has resigned from the AGU Board of Directors. She is joining the ExxonMobil Board of Directors on 2 February. Given that there could be a perceived conflict of interest, she offered to resign from her AGU Board position. While we were excited that she was elected to the AGU Board, and were looking forward to working together, we respect her decision. …

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AGU Urges U.S. Agencies to Protect Scientific Integrity and Open Communication of Scientific Information

Today, AGU issued this letter to federal agency heads and press release to science-interested media. AGU expressed its concern over recent reports related to scientific integrity and open communication of scientific information generated by federal agencies to the public. We will continue to monitor what’s happening to science at the federal agency level and speak out to protect the rights of scientists and the principles of scientific integrity. I encourage you …

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12 December 2016

AGU Board of Directors Approves Groundbreaking Building Renovation to Start in Early 2017

Today, I am delighted to announce that our project team has reached the final stage and approval for the renovation of AGU’s headquarters building. This weekend, after a multiyear process, the project received final approval from AGU’s Board of Directors and is now ready to begin construction in March 2017. As I have shared previously, it had become clear to us that our aging building and infrastructure was reaching the end …

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23 September 2016

UPDATE: AGU Board Maintains Its Decision Regarding ExxonMobil

UPDATE (29 November 2016): In September, the AGU Board voted to maintain its April 2016 decision (see below) to continue engagement with ExxonMobil, including allowing the organization to sponsor AGU’s Student Breakfast event at the Fall Meeting. That decision was communicated to AGU’s members, as well as to representatives of ExxonMobil. ExxonMobil has since informed AGU that they do not intend to sponsor the Student Breakfast at the 2016 Fall Meeting. We …

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19 July 2016

AGU Receives City Zoning Approval to Move Forward with Final Project Planning Stages

When AGU undertook the project to renovate our headquarters building nearly two years ago we had three goals in mind to ensure that the project would provide the highest level of benefit to our members: 1) to enhance visibility of and create a destination attraction for Earth and space science; 2) to advance the adoption of science-based solutions; and 3) to provide state-of-the-art meeting and conference space and increase productivity …

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7 June 2016

Major Milestone Achieved in Path to AGU Headquarters Renovation Approval

Earlier this Spring I shared a progress report on our plans to renovate AGU’s headquarters, with the goal of having the building become a living representation of our mission and the sciences we represent, celebrate and help to advance. I’m pleased to let you know that in late May we took a significant step forward when the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) of the District of Columbia unanimously supported our …

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26 May 2016

AGU’s History with ExxonMobil: Relevant Facts

EDITOR’S UPDATE (27 MAY 2016): We received an additional question about funding from the oil and gas industry and have added that question and answer below. Q: How much financial support have oil companies given to AGU? A: AGU has received less than $700,000 in donations from oil companies. Over the same 2001-2015 period of ExxonMobil’s $620,000 in contributions, AGU received a cumulative total of $75,000 from Chevron, BP, and Shell. …

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