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Thirty-One Top Scientific Societies Speak with One Voice on Global Climate Change
In a consensus letter to U.S. policymakers, a partnership of 31 leading nonpartisan scientific societies, including GSA, reaffirmed the reality of human-caused climate change, noting that the "severity of climate change impacts is increasing and is expected to increase substantially in the coming decades.”
Advances in Earth Science: Data as a National Asset for Decision-Making
Join us for a 22 June congressional briefing, co-sponsored by GSA, that will highlight how earthquake, air quality, and water quality data can inform important policy decisions to effectively prepare for natural disasters and manage natural resources.
Current Congressional Appropriations for FY2017 Keep Geoscience Funding Relatively Flat
With limited days in session before the election, the House and Senate are moving quickly on appropriations bills. In good news, the House and Senate appropriations bills and the bills’ associated reports do not limit geoscience (or social, behavioral and economic science) funding. GSA joined other geoscience organizations to thank committee leaders for their support.
Advances in Earth Science: Offshore Energy
Join us for a 14 June webinar, which is co-sponsored by GSA, that will bring together experts from academia, industry, and government to explain the scientific and engineering tools that enable production in challenging offshore environments. Based on a 16 May congressional briefing, speakers will also address the environmental challenges of offshore energy production.
Support for Research Funding
GSA signed letters to congressional leaders by the Energy Sciences Coalition, Coalition for National Science Funding, and Task Force on American Innovation that support science research funding.
GSA Testifies in Support of Geoscience Research
GSA submitted testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science in support of NSF and NASA and to the House and Senate Subcommittee on Interior in support of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Underpinning Innovation: The Science and Supply of America’s Critical Minerals and Materials
This 3 March congressional briefing, which is open to the public, will address the efforts being taken at the federal level to ensure a steady supply of critical minerals and materials. [ download flyer ]
Science in the President’s New Budget Request
President Barack Obama's final budget request calls for $152.3 billion for research and development, a $6.2 billion or 4.2 percent increase over fiscal year 2016. Although the request sets high goals for science funding, the way in which it seeks the funding could be problematic – much of the funding increases are under mandatory spending rather than discretionary spending. [ read blog post ]
GSA Supports Minerals Research
GSA signed a letter from the Minerals Science and Information Coalition in support of Subtitle D--Critical Minerals in S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015.
Science Organizations Thank Appropriators
GSA joined members of the Coalition for Aerospace and Science to thank appropriators for increasing NASA funding for FY2016.
Geologists Can Breathe a Sigh of Relief
President Obama has signed into law a bill to fund the government through 30 Sept. 2016 that contains increases for nearly all science agencies and does not contain cuts to geoscience research at NSF and NASA that were proposed in earlier House bills.
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Letter Expresses “grave concern”
GSA joined professional scientific societies to send a letter regarding concerns surrounding an inquiry into a scientific paper prepared by NOAA researchers.
Congressional Briefing on El Niño
Join leading experts who will discuss opportunities and challenges in understanding, monitoring, and predicting El Niño at this briefing on Monday, November 23.
Geoscience for America’s Critical Needs: Invitation to a National Policy Dialogue
AGI recently released this document, which showcases the importance and breadth of the geosciences and presents a consensus view from the geoscience community on nationally significant policy objectives.
Push for Higher Research Funding Levels Underway
Scientific organizations, including GSA, have sent letters to Congress urging additional spending for science. GSA signed letters highlighting the important contributions of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Geosciences research and need for geoscience research funding increases, joined the Coalition for Aerospace and Science in supporting funding for NASA and NOAA, and was represented on a letter requesting increases for all federal research funding.
Resolution Highlights Climate Science
GSA and other scientific societies sent a letter to thank Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) for "the effort to bring climate science to the forefront of policy discussions."
Call for Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction
GSA joined a coalition of 2,500 national, state, and local organizations to send a letter to congressional leaders asking them "to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction that takes into account the deep cuts NDD has already incurred since 2010." [ read letter ]
Contact GSA's Washington D.C. office any time
Kasey S. White
Director for Geoscience Policy
Geological Society of America
1200 New York Avenue NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
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