Dealing With the U.S. Federal Government’s Failure of Climate Leadership

Dealing With the US Federal Government’s Failure of Climate Leadership Four years of Donald Trump and a year and a half of Joe Manchin have paralyzed much, but not all, of our national climate agenda. Biden’s trillion-dollar infrastructure bill includes over $300 billion in environmental capital, and federal procurement policy requires another $600 billion of … Read more

Cracking Down on Junk Science: Judicial Conference Committee Approves Amendments to Federal Rule 702 | Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure recently voted unanimously to approve two proposed proposals to Federal Rule of Evidence 702, “Testimony by Expert Witnesses.” Rule 702 governs the admissibility of expert testimony at trial. The amendments emphasize the judge’s gatekeeping authority. That is, the amendments reinforce that it is the judge’s … Read more

New Bureau of Land Management Guidance on Geologic Carbon Sequestration on Federal Public Lands Answers Some Questions, But Uncertainty Remains for Split-Estate Lands | Snell & Wilmer

On June 8, 2022, the US Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued formal guidance[1] describing BLM’s policy for authorizing use of federal public lands for site characterization, injection, and geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2) for carbon capture and storage (CCS). BLM Instruction Memorandum 2022-041 (IM 2022-041) provides that BLM authorization of … Read more

Federal judge tosses sprawling workplace retaliation lawsuit involving CU science program | Courts

A federal judge has dismissed on procedural grounds a lawsuit from one University of Colorado scientist that alleged whistleblower retaliation and harassment within a prominent environmental science program, as well as more serious accusations of potential espionage and bribery. Justin JE Mabie works as a research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental … Read more

Federal government reverses decision on mine near the Okefenokee – WABE

A proposed mine near the Okefenokee Swamp has been dealt a major setback. The US Army Corps of Engineers is reversing an earlier decision that it and other federal agencies did not have oversight over the mine’s environmental impact. That makes the path ahead for the controversial titanium mine, owned by Twin Pines Minerals, likely … Read more

Amendments to Mexican Mining Law Published in Federal Official Gazette | Insights

The president of Mexico, on April 17, 2022, sent to the Congress an initiative with a draft decree that seeks to amend and add several precepts to the Mining Law in order to reserve to the state the exclusive right to explore and exploit lithium (a mineral used for the manufacture of electric batteries). Subsequently, … Read more

Luján, Padilla Spearhead Bill To Strengthen Federal Wildfire Science During Historic Wildfire Season

US Sen. Ben Ray Luján US SENATE News: WASHINGTON, DC – US Senators Ben Ray Luján (DN.M.) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) Led a coalition of Senators Thursday in introducing the National Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program Act, a comprehensive science authorization bill that will identify and invest in research and development (R&D), set up warning … Read more

Senate confirms UC Merced professor as federal office of science director

The US Senate on Tuesday confirmed UC Merced Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe to be the new director of the Office of Science in the federal Department of Energy. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is the lead federal agency supporting fundamental scientific research for energy, and the nation’s largest supporter of basic research in … Read more

Federal research funding has positive ‘ripple effects’ — ScienceDaily

Federal funding for biomedical research has a “ripple effect” of stimulating new studies even beyond the original purposes of a grant and may provide unexpected benefits, a new study suggests. Researchers used a unique dataset to get a never-before-seen view of how science funding is spent and the results it produces. The findings, published today … Read more

Lee Institute of Forensic Science Receives Federal Grant to Support Police Training

US Senator Richard Blumenthal announced $ 120,000 in federal funding that will enable the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven to provide hands-on police training focusing on investigating hate crimes and shootings April 21, 2022 By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications Left to right: Dr. Henry … Read more