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19 November 2021

AGU and other organizations send letter to Congress in support of the new Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE)

On 18 November 2021, AGU and 32 other organizations representing public and environmental health, and the children’s, women’s, medical, and scientific communities, we are writing in support of the new Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE).    As organizations representing public and environmental health, and the children’s, women’s, medical, and scientific communities, we are writing in support of the new Department …

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15 November 2021

Sharing Science Grant Recipients

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10 November 2021

AGU Endorses the National Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program Act

On 5 November 2021, AGU sent a letter to Representatives Lofgren, McNerney, Perlmutter and Bonamici endorsing the National Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program Act.   On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our community of 130,000 worldwide in the Earth and space sciences, I am writing to thank you for crafting and introducing H.R.5781, the National Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program Act, and to offer AGU’s official endorsement for this …

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9 November 2021

Senate Appropriations Committee releases their FY22 appropriations bills: read the Earth and space science high points

In October 2021, the Senate Appropriations Committee released their 12 Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) appropriations bills. Currently, we are more than a month into the new fiscal year, and the government is being funded by a Continuing Resolution. The Senate still needs to vote on and pass these bills, send the bills to the House for a vote, and eventually make their way to the president’s desk. In this post, we’ll detail the House’s proposed spending and programmatic highlights for those science agencies.  Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS)  …

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Learn about 50 Indigenous scientists through a 50-mile run by Dr. Lydia Jennings

Dr. Jennings refers to this as a Running with Purpose Project, but it is about so much more than running. It is about her journey as an Indigenous scholar. It is about the impacts of mining on Indigenous lands and the role of Indigenous communities and knowledge in these places and spaces. It is about raising the voices and identities of existing Indigenous scientists and at the same time paving the way for the Indigenous scholars of the future.

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7 November 2021

The “golden line” as an inclusive and equitable classroom strategy

A “golden line” is an evidence-based instructional approach supports both academic and social-emotional learning (social, personal, cognitive, and knowledge-building), and is modeled to develop student academic identity, engagement, subject-area knowledge, and disciplinary literacy

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3 November 2021

My journey to becoming an Outreach Officer on the JOIDES Resolution

I’ve been asked by several colleagues what exactly that means to be an Outreach Officer on a research vessel and how you become one to begin with – this post is a write up that details some of this information.

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1 November 2021

The Climate Model Myth Needs to Die

Good piece here at NASA. It’s a widespread myth that climate models are not very good. In fact, they do an amazing job, and it is fairly straightforward to test them. The bad news is what they predict if our CO2 levels go to 800 ppm: Whole different planet. https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2943/study-confirms-climate-models-are-getting-future-warming-projections-right/

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28 October 2021

The 21 July 2020 Shaziba landslide at Mazhe Village in Enshi, China

A new paper in the journal landslides uses InSAR data to show that the 21 July 2020 Shaziba landslide in Enshi, China was creeping in the years before the major failure

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26 October 2021

AGU endorses the PRECIP Act

On 25 October 2021, AGU sent a letter to Representative Mikie Sherril, Chair of the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on the Environment, endorsing the the Providing Research and Estimates of Changes in Precipitation (PRECIP) Act.    On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our community of 130,000 worldwide in the Earth and space sciences, I am writing to thank you for introducing H.R. 1437, the Providing …

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AGU endorses the FLOODS Act

On 25 October 2021, AGU sent a letter to Congressional leadership in the House and the Senate endorsing the the Flood Level Observation, Operations, and Decision Support (FLOODS) Act and applauds their commitment to improving communication about the risks of extreme weather events so that communities can become more resilient in the face of climate and other hazards.     On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our community …

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25 October 2021

A rockslide video from Pyuthan in Nepal

Heavy rainfall in Nepal has triggered a large rockslide, captured on video, in Pyuthan, Nepal. The video shows a rapid, wedge-type of failure.

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22 October 2021

AGU sends letter to Senator Joe Manchin urging climate action

On 22 October 2021, AGU’s CEO Randy Fiser sent a letter to Senator Joe Manchin (WV) urging him to pass the budget reconciliation package for it’s climate provisions.    On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our community of 130,000 worldwide in the Earth and space sciences, I am writing to urge you to support legislative provisions that will help to curtail the devastating impacts of climate change, globally, in the U.S., and …

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13 October 2021

AGU sends letter to Congressional leadership urging strong funding for science in the infrastructure and budget reconciliation packages

On 5 October 2021, AGU sent Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer applauding strong funding for research infrastructure and urged Congress to maintain funding for all science agencies.    On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our community of 130,000 worldwide in the Earth and space sciences, I’d like to applaud the strong funding allocation for research infrastructure and associated research and development activities in the current House reconciliation package. …

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AGU endorses the Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Act

On 13 October 2021, AGU sent a letter to Representatives Matt Cartwright, Bryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Mast, and Eleanor Holmes Norton endorsing the Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Act (H.R. 2761).  On behalf of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and our community of 130,000 worldwide in the Earth and space sciences, I am writing to thank you for reintroducing the Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Act (H.R.2761) and to offer AGU’s official endorsement for this important …

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4 October 2021

The seismic signals of the Chamoli landslide and debris flow

An interesting paper has just been published in the journal Science, (Cook et al. 2021), which looks at the seismic signals generated by the Chamoli rockslide and debris flow. It concludes that the event was fully detectable by seismic instruments located at up to 100 km from the event.

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29 September 2021

Welcome our 2021-2022 Congressional Science Fellow Sarah Alexander

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is pleased to announce its newest Congressional Science Fellow, Dr. Sarah Alexander. Now in its 44th year, AGU’s Congressional Science Fellow program places highly qualified and accomplished scientists, engineers, and other professionals in the office of an individual member of Congress or on a committee for a one-year assignment. Dr. Alexander, who started her fellowship in September, has been placed within the office of Sen. Tina Smith …

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3 September 2021

Two Connected Images

The New Jersey State Climatologist posted a map of the rainfall from Ida Wednesday night. Look at these rainfall totals! Now, Look at this graph from Dr. Brian Brettschneider. He posted this on Twitter today. It might surprise you to know that August was the 543rd month with global ocean temps. above the average for the 20th century.  The planet is about one degree C. warmer than it was one …

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31 August 2021

All We Can Save book circles for the climate movement

Book circles provide the ideal structure for individuals to come together as a community and discuss climate solutions presented in the anthology All We Can Save

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30 August 2021

AGU joins letter supporting visas for scientists fleeing Afghanistan

On 25 August 2021, AGU joined other professional societies asking the White House Office of Science, Technology, and Policy for P-2 visas for scientists and members of the STEM community fleeing Afghanistan.   Dear Dr. Lander,   As you know, the Taliban represent an immediate threat to the safety of anyone in Afghanistan connected with the western world.  This includes engineers, scientists and technical professionals, many of whom are trying …

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