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Geoscience Policy Monthly Review: October 2013

The Monthly Review is part of a continuing effort to improve communications about the role of geoscience in policy. Current and archived monthly reviews are available online.

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Federal Agencies & Administration

  • EPA to hold meetings around the nation to discuss reducing GHG emissions

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting eleven public listening sessions across the country to solicit ideas and input from the public regarding the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. Power plants are the nation’s largest stationary source of carbon pollution, responsible for about one-third of all greenhouse gas pollution in the United States. The EPA hopes to enforce stricter regulations on existing power plants that would cut emissions by 26% by 2020. Click here for a list of meeting locations and for more information.

    Sources: Environmental Protection Agency

  • NSF grants fund new ocean observation center

    The National Science Foundation awarded $16 million in grants to fund a new observation system in the sub-polar region of the North Atlantic Ocean to better understand the ‘global conveyor belt’ – the system of surface ocean currents that carry warmer waters northward, and the deep ocean currents that carry cooler waters southward toward the equator. This initiative is part of the U.S.-led Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP). The $16 million will be distributed over the next five years to oceanographers at Duke University, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the University of Miami. The project is in collaboration with international researchers in Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

    OSNAP ocean currents
    This is the OSNAP observation location in the North Atlantic Ocean;
    red arrows show warm water, blue cold. Photo credit: WHOISources: National Science Foundation

    Sources: National Science Foundation



Monthly Review prepared by: Maeve Boland, Geoscience Policy Director; Abby Seadler, Geoscience Policy Associate; and Sophia Ford, AGI/AAPG Fall Intern.



Compiled November 4, 2013



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