From Science and Environment

Posts on America’s work on and co-operation with the UK on climate change, renewable energy, nuclear energy, science, technology cooperation, space, aviation and medicine.

Obama Video Conference with National Leaders

On October 15 the President participated in a video conference with his counterparts Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, President François Hollande of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy. The group discussed several urgent topics such as the international response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, ways to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL in Iraq and Syria, and the need for Russia to fulfill all of its obligations to Ukraine under the Minsk agreements. For more details, read the full press release on the White House website here.

White House Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Event

On September 26, 44 countries announced over 100 new commitments to prevent, detect and respond to biological threats worldwide.  President Obama and senior officials from around the world called on nations to act now to achieve enduring global health security capacity in West Africa and around the world. National Security Advisor Rice said in her opening remarks, “We need to ask ourselves and our partners, how can we do more? How can we work in more organized and efficient ways? How will we measure our progress to make sure every nation has the capacity it needs?… How many more countries…


First Case of Ebola in the US

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the confirmation of the first Ebola case in the United States in a person who traveled from West Africa to Texas. The CDC is confident that they’ll be able to control the case and contain any spread of the disease into the rest of the…


Secretary Kerry: “Our Ocean” in New York

President Obama signed a proclamation designating the largest marine reserve in the world completely off limits to development and commercial resource extraction, including commercial fishing.  This will expand the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, one of the most pristine tropical marine environments in the world, to six times its current size, resulting in…

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President Obama at the 2014 Climate Summit

He’s not Leonardo DiCaprio, but President Obama’s, another one of the leading men at yesterday’s 2014 Climate Summit, speech on climate change is well worth a watch or read.  He began with a sober assessment of the magnitude of the problem: For all the immediate challenges that we gather to address this week — terrorism,…

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NASA’s Maven in Orbit Around Mars

NASA’s newest Mars spacecraft has entered the orbit around the Red Planet after a 10-month journey. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) arrived in the orbit of Mars on Sunday 21st September 2014. It is the first mission to ever study the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet. “As the first orbiter dedicated to studying Mars’ upper…


A Major Increase in Our Response to the Ebola Outbreak

On Tuesday, during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, President Obama spoke on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and announced a major increase in our efforts to help the international community fight the outbreak. While starting off by reiterating that the chances of an Ebola outbreak happening…


New Research Toward Cure for Ebola

At a moment when researchers on both sides of the Atlantic are hard at work on anti-viral therapies, especially in response to the Ebola outbreak, a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that a new family of proteins could become part of a possible cure. Shan-Lu Liu, MD, PhD, associate…


UK Breaking Renewable Records

The Blog over at The Carbon Brief has a great article about how the UK is breaking renewable energy records and what that means. UK wind power shattered records last week, spinning out 22 per cent of electricity demand for a day. One in five of our morning cups of tea was renewably-powered, if you like.…

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NASA’s RXTE Satellite discovers pulsations from a rare Black Hole

  Astronomers have discovered pulsations from a black hole 12 million light-years away by looking through data from NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite. The rare black hole, M82 X-1 is a midsize hole. Most black holes are made up of dying stars and can measure up to 25 times the mass of our…