An Embattled Landscape Series, Part 2a: Coronavirus and the Three-Year Trump Quest to Slash Science at the CDC

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By Christopher Sellers, Leif Fredrickson, Alissa Cordner, Kelsey Breseman, Eric Nost, Kelly Wilkins, and EDGI Executive Summary The administration of President Donald Trump has repeatedly undermined science-based policy as well as research that protects public health. That undermining has eroded our government’s capacity to respond to the coronavirus — from the White House itself to […]

EDGI/EHAC Critiques Trump Admin’s Efforts to Weaken the National Environmental Policy Act

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The Environmental History Action Collaborative (EHAC), a working group of EDGI, submitted public comments to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on March 9, 2020. Contributors include Pete Andrews, Gretchen Gehrke, Emily Pawley, Keith Pluymers, Chris Sellers, Adam M. Sowards, Ellen Griffith Spears, and Jay […]

EDGI Coauthors Data Risk Categorization Paper with ESIP

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By: Kelsey Breseman, EDGI The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) formed as an emergency effort to ensure public climate data stayed available in 2016, when it designed and organized 48 “Data Rescue” events together with the University of Pennsylvania where volunteers and activists saved 200 Terabytes of government data (EDGI 2018). These events prompted […]

EDGI Supports OSTP’s Effort to Improve Access to Federally Funded Research

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Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) Response to the Request for Public Comment on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting From Federally Funded Research Submitted by: Gretchen Gehrke, Grace Poudrier, Steven Gentry, Rob Brackett, and Kelsey Breseman The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) is a North American network with […]

An Embattled Landscape: Federal Environmental Science Integrity in the United States Today, A Three Part Series — Part 1: Targeting Scientific Influence on Policy

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By Chris Sellers, Kelsey Breseman, Leif Fredrickson, EDGI Abstract: Throughout the history of U.S. environmental legislation, science has rightly served as our main touchstone for truths about threats to environmental and human health, but the Trump Administration has been slowly eroding its ability to do so. In this report, the first of a three-part survey […]

EDGI is now an ESIP Partner

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By Kelsey Breseman EDGI is proud to announce that we are now officially a partner of the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP). The partnership was announced at the ESIP Winter Meeting in Bethesda, Maryland, where data managers, data scientists, and other data-related professionals gathered to discuss better futures for data in the earth sciences space. […]

Remarks by President Trump on Proposed National Environmental Policy Act Regulations — Annotated

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INSTRUCTIONS: To see the annotations, click on the text that is highlighted in yellow below; the relevant annotations will then appear on the right side of the screen. BACKGROUND: Just over fifty years ago, President Richard Nixon signed the landmark National Environmental Policy Act into law, requiring consideration of environmental impacts in all federally run […]