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Climate Change

As climate change grows in importance as a societal and environmental issue affecting the nation and the world, FYI is committed to covering climate research policy and funding. FYI tracks policy developments that have implications for the conduct of climate science and congressional oversight of federally funded climate science.

Map showing precipitation in inches for the last 60 days over the continental U.S.
April 29, 2021

Amid President Biden’s government-wide focus on climate change, lawmakers are again considering the merits of creating a federal “climate service” to help the public better access and understand the various climate information products produced across agencies.

April 12, 2021

President Biden is asking Congress to jumpstart budgets for R&D programs across non-defense agencies in fiscal year 2022, with a focus on those connected to climate science, clean energy innovation, biomedical research, and emerging technologies.

The 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines injected aerosols into the stratosphere.
April 2, 2021

A National Academies panel has recommended the U.S. launch an exploratory research program to better characterize the feasibility and risks of solar geoengineering methods that could be used to help curb global warming.

March 18, 2021

As congressional Democrats assemble legislative packages for ambitious R&D, manufacturing, and infrastructure initiatives, leading research community figures are seeking to shape a fast-moving proposal to restructure the National Science Foundation.

February 3, 2021

Science policy was subject to a variety of pressures during the Trump administration, not least during the COVID-19 pandemic, though many science programs have thrived nonetheless, owing to bipartisan support in Congress.

January 22, 2021

FYI presents its annual list of 10 science policy stories to watch in the year ahead.

January 14, 2021

President-elect Biden is continuing to assemble his climate policy team, which now comprises two senior White House officials, an array of supporting staff members, and Cabinet secretaries engaged with climate-related issues. 

January 12, 2021

A product of two years of legislative work, the Energy Act of 2020 overhauls policy across the Department of Energy’s applied energy and fusion R&D programs, including by recommending substantial funding increases and greatly expanding efforts aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

December 18, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden has announced he will nominate former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm to lead the Department of Energy. Drawing on her efforts to diversify her state’s economy and rescue its auto industry, Granholm is a longstanding advocate for using federal funding to promote regional economic development based on clean energy technologies.

October 14, 2020

The House passed a sweeping energy policy reform package last month that includes expansive new direction to the Department of Energy’s applied R&D programs and recommends significant funding increases for renewable energy, fission and fusion energy, and carbon capture.