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How President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Would Harm Early Career Scientists

, research scientist, Center for Science and Democracy

Kaila Colyott is coming close to graduation as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kansas, but she’s not finishing with the same enthusiasm for her career prospects that she began graduate school with.  At the beginning, she wasn’t particularly worried about getting a job after graduation. “I was a first generation student coming from a largely uneducated background. I was pretty stoked about doing science, and I was told that more education would help me land a job in the future.” Read more >

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A wide view of the rift in Larsen C from the vantage point of NASA’s DC-8 research aircraft. NASA scientist John Sonntag snapped the photos on November 10, 2016, during an Operation IceBridge flight. Photo: NASA

One of The Largest Icebergs on Record Just Broke off Antarctica. Now What?

, senior climate scientist

An iceberg, among the largest on record (since satellites started tracking in 1978), broke off the Larsen-C ice shelf along the Antarctic Peninsula.  The iceberg is greater than the area of Delaware and a volume twice that of Lake Erie.  What were the origins of this event, and now what?

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IPCC 2013 WG 1 Figure 4-25
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Photo: USDA-ARS/Scott Bauer

Northern Plains Drought Shows (Again) that Failing to Plan for Disasters = Planning to Fail

, Kendall Science Fellow

As the dog days of summer wear on, the northern plains are really feeling the heat. Hot, dry weather has quickly turned into the nation’s worst current drought in Montana and the Dakotas, and drought conditions are slowly creeping south and east into the heart of the Corn Belt. Another year and another drought presents yet another opportunity to consider how smart public policies could make farmers and rural communities more resilient to these recurring events. Read more >

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After a long hiatus, the wind power industry is poised to grow significantly in Wyoming over the next several years. Photo: Flickr, Wyoming_Jackrabbit

As Coal Stumbles, Wind Power Takes Off in Wyoming

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

After several years of mostly sitting on the sidelines, Wyoming is re-entering the wind power race in a big way. Rocky Mountain Power recently announced plans to invest $3.5 billion in new wind and transmission over the next three years. This development—combined with the long-awaited start of construction on what could be the nation’s largest wind project—will put Wyoming among the wind power leaders in the region. That’s welcome news for a state economy looking to rebound from the effects of the declining coal industry. Read more >

Photo: Flickr, Wyoming_Jackrabbit
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Pelicans in Alameda. Photo: garethbogdanoff.com

The San Francisco Bay Area Faces Sea Level Rise and Chronic Inundation

, climate scientist

Sea level rise will affect the Bay Area. A new study by UCS projects when will flooding happen regularly, and what areas will affect to help communities prepare for the changes to come. Read more >

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