Climate Change

Kate Calvin
January 21, 2022

NASA has chosen Earth scientist Kate Calvin to serve in the dual roles of chief scientist and senior climate advisor, bringing new visibility to the agency’s efforts to monitor and mitigate climate change.

January 13, 2022

The Department of Energy has launched an Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations to support a burgeoning portfolio of large-scale technology projects funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The office will be under pressure to overcome challenges that have plagued DOE-funded demonstration projects in the past.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced the third in the series of Earthshots, the Carbon Negative Shot, during a panel session at the COP26 climate conference on Nov. 5.
December 8, 2021

The Department of Energy is working to spur clean energy technology development through its "Energy Earthshots" initiatives, leveraging both its basic and applied science programs and the billions of dollars Congress has provided for demonstration projects.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
November 9, 2021

The special infrastructure spending legislation just approved by Congress includes around $25 billion for energy technology demonstration projects, as well as targeted budget increases for R&D programs at the Department of Energy and the U.S. Geological Survey.

October 1, 2021

Climate change, the pandemic, and emerging technology governance were major themes of President Biden’s first address to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 21. Meanwhile, a series of high-level meetings have set the stage for more intense technology cooperation between the U.S. and partner nations.

President Biden speaking at the Climate Leadership Summit on Earth Day in April.
May 25, 2021

Over four months, the Biden administration has built up climate policymaking capacity across federal agencies to advance agendas centered on climate change mitigation and resilience, environmental justice, and clean energy job creation.

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.

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