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9 October 2017

Earth Science and Human Activity: Taking Action to Avert Catastrophe

By Linda Rowan, AGU Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences (SIPS) Focus Group President, and Director of External Affairs, UNAVCO Inc. Earth science captures the public’s attention when a natural disaster strikes, when natural resources are needed or when Earth’s environment faces a threat. As the Earth science community prepares to celebrate Earth Science Week from 8-14 October 2017, with a theme of Earth Science and Human Activity, there has been …

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1 June 2017

AGU Responds to Trump Administration’s Decision Regarding the Paris Climate Agreement

Earlier today, the Trump administration announced plans for the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Eric Davidson, Robin Bell, and I published a related article in Eos as a response to President Trump’s decision. You can read that article here. AGU also issued the following media statement in which I said the following: When signed in December 2015, the Paris Agreement marked a historic moment. Representatives of 195 nations came …

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4 May 2017

Video: Renovating AGU’s Headquarters

“A building is a physical structure, but there’s no reason why a building as a physical structure can’t embody the vision of the organization.” – Chris McEntee, AGU Executive Director and CEO. Interior demolition of AGU’s headquarters has begun and AGU Executive Director and CEO Chris McEntee reflects on the reasons why the organization is undertaking a net zero energy building renovation and outlines some of the top net zero …

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1 May 2017

March for Science: Reflections from AGU President Eric Davidson

Editor’s Note: This week, we’ll be sharing reflections on the March for Science from AGU leaders. This is part one of three. Part two and part three can be viewed here.  My young adult son was at my side, holding the AGU banner as we participated in the March for Science in Washington, D.C. While I can remember other historic marches on Washington–for civil rights, protesting the Vietnam War, and the …

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15 February 2017

Ask Your Members of Congress to Support Science Investment

Over the past few weeks, many of you have expressed an interest in becoming more involved in science policy. We’ve discussed opportunities in the past for you to engage under a new Administration and Congress in “The Shifting Landscape of Science” post and this is another element of that effort. Each year, AGU weighs in on the appropriations process, advocating for continued and expanded funding for the agencies that provide critical science …

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31 October 2016

Solutions for the Planet, One Community at A Time

When I was child growing up in a small town in Western Pa., the stream water in our town was bright orange. We called it “Sulphur Creek.” It was colored due to the acid run off from the strip mines surrounding the town.  Thanks to science, steps have been taken to clean that waterway.  Yet, the citizens of this town still face environmental concerns with hydraulic fracturing occurring in the …

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11 August 2016

AGU Expands into Geohealth, Starting with New Journal

Originally posted on Eos.org I’m so pleased to share news of a project that has finally come to fruition after much hard work and support from the leaders of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Today, our organization formally embraces the emerging field of geohealth, which encompasses Earth, atmospheric, ocean, and environmental sciences; ecology; agriculture; and health. AGU enters into this emerging field with the launch of a new journal, entitled …

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10 May 2016

UPDATE: AGU Board Votes to Continue Relationship with ExxonMobil

Late last Friday afternoon, we received a letter and supporting information from Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Lieu (D-Cal), asking the AGU Board to reconsider its recent decision to maintain a relationship with ExxonMobil. Earlier this year, I informed you about a letter AGU had received from a group of members and other scientists calling for us to sever our relationship with ExxonMobil (which has sponsored the student breakfast at the …

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17 March 2016

UPDATE: Exxon, AGU, and Corporate Support

I would like to update you on some of the feedback and information we have received since my last post, including a discussion that took place at last week’s Council meeting. I also want to tell you about the plan for the upcoming Board meeting, where this issue will be discussed. In addition to comments on the post itself, over the past three weeks we have received more than 100 …

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12 November 2015

Rise of GeoHealth

I think many of you know that I started my professional career in healthcare as a nurse. During the five years I spent doing direct patient care, I witnessed many examples of how environmental exposures to toxic materials could contribute to poor health. That’s why I was so pleased to be invited to participate in a congressional briefing hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) titled “Linking Earth Sciences and …

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9 November 2015

Renovating AGU’s Headquarters: Advancing our Mission; Serving As A Role Model

AGU has occupied our current 62,000-square foot, five-story headquarters building, located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in Washington, D.C., since 1994. While the building has served us well for more than two decades, many of its systems are reaching the end of their useful life, making them unreliable and less efficient. Not only does this have a negative impact on the day-to-day operations of the organization—and our ability to provide …

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21 October 2015

The Next 50 Years of Water Resources Research

By D. Scott Mackay, Professor, Department of Geography and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo (the State University of New York) and Editor, Water Resources Research “Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink,” wrote Samuel Taylor Coleridge in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a story about a journey spanning oceans of unthinkable size and undrinkable water. Water, it seems, does not exist without a …

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5 August 2014

The Value of Science and the Benefits of Investing

As I sat down to compose this post, the irony of the situation was striking to me. A few weeks ago, AGU and NASA released a press statement regarding new findings of serious water decline in the Colorado River Basin, potentially posing an even greater threat to water availability in the West than previously thought. This discovery was made possible through the GRACE mission. GRACE uses satellite data to measure …

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