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  • Measuring Science Investments Featured Article Measuring Science Investments Measuring Science Investments

    ?Main Image: The Science and Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effects of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Science program, commonly called STAR... More »

  • A Greener Future for our Nation Featured Article A Greener Future for our Nation A Greener Future for our Nation

    Cultivating the Seeds of Knowledge: Growing a Greener Future for our Nation As the bitter chill of winter retreats, the vibrancy of spring beckons us outdoors reminding... More »

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A Greener Future for our Nation Last Updated on 2011-07-11 00:00:00 Cultivating the Seeds of Knowledge: Growing a Greener Future for our Nation As the bitter chill of winter retreats, the vibrancy of spring beckons us outdoors reminding us of the inextricable link between the natural world and our daily lives.  In striving to meet the President's challenge to win the future by out-educating the rest of the world, we must cultivate the environmental health of our learning spaces and our students’ understanding of their environment to enable them to meet the challenges of the future.  On April 26, 2011, the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality came together to launch the Green Ribbon Schools Program.  This program  plants the seeds to move toward educational excellence for the future by recognizing schools that are creating healthy and... More »
Measuring Science Investments Last Updated on 2011-02-11 00:00:00 ?Main Image: The Science and Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effects of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Science program, commonly called STAR METRICS, attempts to gauge the quality and impact of funded research. STAR METRICS is being developed by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation with the backing of the White House Office of Science Technology and Policy. The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency are also on board. Think piece describes new approach to documenting results of scientific research Measuring the results of scientific research has seen little federal focus until now. A 2010 administrative memorandum calls on U.S. federal agencies and executive departments to develop tools to "better assess the impact of [...] science and technology investments." Translation:... More »
Climate Change Skepticism Last Updated on 2010-12-08 00:00:00 This article, written by Charles W. Schmidt*, appeared first in Environmental Health Perspectives—the peer-reviewed, open access journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The article is a verbatim version of the original and is not available for edits or additions by Encyclopedia of Earth editors or authors. Companion articles on the same topic that are editable may exist within the Encyclopedia of Earth.   A Closer Look at Climate Change Skepticism Debate over climate change is nothing new. Scientists have been arguing about whether greenhouse gases released by human activity might change the climate since the late nineteenth century, when Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius first proposed that industrial emissions might cause global warming.1 Fueled by partisan bickering, this dispute now is more bellicose than ever. Skeptics... More »