Increasing the water table in agricultural peatland could hold key to reducing UK’s greenhouse gas emissions

Read the full story from the University of Sheffield. Increasing the water table could help to slow down global warming, boost crop yields, and preserve peat soils according to a new study. The research, led by scientists from the University of Sheffield, found increasing the level below which the ground is saturated with water – …

Grants Management: EPA Partially Follows Leading Practices of Strategic Workforce Planning and Could Take Additional Steps

Download the document. What GAO Found Staffing levels for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants management personnel generally declined during fiscal years 2006 through 2015, but it is unclear how workloads may have changed during this time frame. Specifically, the number of grant specialists and project officers—EPA's key grants management personnel—who entered information about grant …

Science Funding Prioritizes Past Success—and That’s a Problem

Read the full story at Pacific Standard. In an era awash in data, scientists have begun to analyze something they’ve never really looked at before: science itself. Abstract though that may sound, the science of science could have an oddly practical application, at least in theory—namely, providing funding agencies like the National Science Foundation with …

Methane Emissions Are Higher Than We Knew

Read the full story in Pacific Standard. With Congress set to roll back federal rules limiting methane emissions from oil and gas drilling on public and tribal lands, an independent study shows that those emissions have been far higher in recent years than previous estimates. Between 1980 to 2012, global methane emissions from oil and …

EPA OKs slower roll-out of water rules for Wisconsin

Read the full story from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The U.S. Environmental Protection agency has approved a bid by Wisconsin officials to allow a slower roll-out of rules limiting the discharge of a dominant water pollutant into waterways. The EPA notified Department of Natural Resources on Monday that it will allow the state to phase in tougher regulations to …

The March for Science is Set to Happen on Earth Day

Read the full story from Climate Central. Scientists officially have a date where they’ll be taking to the streets. The March for Science has been scheduled for Saturday, April 22 in Washington, D.C. A growing constellation of marches are also scheduled for that day in cities across the U.S. See also: Scientists plan to march …