Ocean win in Congress! Plus, Lubchenco in NYT.

Both the House and the Senate have approved increased funding for ocean research! Sheril broke the news yesterday:

The package includes ocean exploration, NOAA undersea research, ocean and coastal mapping integration, the integrated coastal and ocean observation system*, federal ocean acidification research and monitoring, coastal and estuarine land conservation, and lots more…Folks, this is as much a bill about the environment as it is about people and our collective future.

The bill will now to to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. Congratulations to all who worked hard to get this bill through!

For more ocean policy goodness, check out this NYT profile of Jane Lubchenco, the head of NOAA. She plans to create a climate observation service similar to the National Weather Service and to tackle the problem of overfishing.

Dr. Lubchenco, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a MacArthur grant recipient, said she did not take the NOAA job thinking it would be another chance for her to chip away at the culture of science — not consciously, anyway. “I took the job because I had the chance to be helpful,” she said.

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3 Responses to Ocean win in Congress! Plus, Lubchenco in NYT.

  1. Interesting side note, with Obama’s secretary of congress appointment stalled, Lubchenco is currently the acting Secretary of Congress.

  2. TonyD says:

    FYI, Jane Lubchenco will be talking about NOAA priorities and ocean science on NPR’s Science Friday tomorrow.

    http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/200903272

  3. SFS: Why have we not staged a marine science coup??? Mandatory chanties for all!

    TonyD: Thanks very much for the heads-up!

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