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22 August 2019

We Have Your Backs: Supporting the Work of Brazilian Earth Scientists

Where scientific findings have not conveniently fit into the ideological preferences of political leaders around the world, science and scientists are increasingly under attack. In a symposium on human rights threats to scientists at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, DC, an Iranian environmental scientist shared a chilling story about learning of his imminent arrest if he were to return home from an international trip. Other participants shared stories …

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22 July 2019

Convergence: A Call for More Robust Global Science Collaboration

At AGU, we often say that science has no borders and takes no political sides. Science has the powerful ability to make profound impacts on nations, economies, and local communities. However, a tide of nationalism across the globe — manifested in the form of incendiary social media posts, trade wars, reactionary protectionism, and even overt violence — is on the rise. And often hand-in-hand with nationalism comes scientific disinformation campaigns …

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9 July 2019

Scientists Tackle Grand Challenges In the Earth and Space Sciences In New Special Centennial-Themed Collection

One hundred years ago when AGU was founded there were still large unmapped places on our planet and the idea of a person stepping on the moon was a dream. Discovery and wonder have characterized the last 100 years of science as we learned the plates shift, the climate changes, and scientists are studying the Moon, Mars, and beyond in detail. Our species now has a global view of how …

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25 June 2019

AGU Calls Upon the U.S. Senate to Support Federal Funding for Earth and Space Science

In this short video message from AGU CEO/Executive Director Chris McEntee, she heralds the U.S. House of Representatives’ recent passage of a FY20 budget supporting federal Earth and space scientific agencies and calls upon the Senate Appropriations Committee to follow the House’s lead in order to ensure that the American scientific enterprise remains robust. For more information, please visit: actioncenter.agu.org

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15 May 2019

April 25th AGU Board Meeting Summary

On April 25th, AGU’s Board met at the recently renovated headquarters in Washington, DC. Over the course of several days, the Board covered a lot of ground. Here are some of the highlights: Diversity, Ethics, and Inclusion AGU Vice President of Ethics Billy Williams presented an update about AGU‘s recent diversity, ethics, and inclusion efforts including the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report; the joint Earth Science Woman …

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18 April 2019

Starting the Journey:  AGU Fall Meeting, Getting There Is the First Hurdle

My story is not the usual one. For a while, “party crasher” was my so-called handle throughout the AGU community. As a naïve second year graduate student, I inadvertently crashed the newly elected AGU Council President’s gathering. Not a recommendation by any means but, in my case, it turned out to be a rare opportunity to meet extraordinary individuals who not only saw my potential but also helped shape who …

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4 April 2019

New Climate Report Calls for an Action Network

AGU, especially through the Thriving Earth Exchange, has been reaching out to communities of all sizes and learning more about what they want to do with respect to climate change. What we hear again and again is a willingness, even an eagerness, to prepare for the effects. Community leaders tell us, however, that they aren’t sure exactly where to start or how they can integrate adaptation and mitigation plans into …

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2 April 2019

March 2019 Council Meeting Wrap Up

From Wednesday, March 6 to Friday, March 8 – International Women’s Day – the AGU Council met, bringing together all 25 sections, early-career and student representatives, committee chairs, and AGU leadership to celebrate the appointment of several new members. This included President-elect Susan Lozier who will follow current AGU President Robin Bell, continuing the succession of strong women in leadership positions at AGU. The Council met for the first time …

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6 February 2019

Use Your Voice to Make the State of Our Union Stronger

Last night, under the cloud of a delay resulting from the longest shutdown in the history of the United States federal government, President Donald Trump delivered the second state of the union address of his presidency. As in 2018, he again failed to acknowledge the role scientific research plays in advancing our society and economy. Earlier this morning, I issued my own response to the President’s State of the Union, …

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25 January 2019

ACTION NEEDED: Shutdown May Be Over, but Science Isn’t Secure Yet 

After passage by both the House and the Senate, President Trump has signed into law a bill to temporarily reopen the federal government until 15 February. First, I am relieved to know this action means federal employees, including federal scientists, will receive their first paychecks in more than 30 days, and that they will receive the back pay they are owed. Unfortunately, the havoc this unprecedented shutdown has wreaked on …

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