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.


New Agreement on Carbon Emissions!

Four U.S. states were among the 12 signatories on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday agreeing to cut their greenhouse gas emissions 80-95% under 1990 levels by mid-century. California, Oregon, Vermont and Washington joined the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Ontario; Baja California and Jalisco of Mexico; Acre of Brazil, Baden-Württemberg of Germany;…


The End of NASA’s Messenger

“After 4,104 orbits of Mercury and billions of miles of space travel, NASA’s Messenger orbiter ended its mission with a quiet bang on Thursday. Messenger crashed into the planet it has been orbiting for four years.” According to an NPR article, “Messenger was launched from Earth in 2004. It took years just to get to…

Sacramento, California.

California to Reduce GHG Emissions by 40%

California Governor Jerry Brown has announced a goal for California to reduce GHG emissions by 40% by 2030 from 1990 levels. This is even more aggressive than President Obama’s federal plan, for 26-28% reduction from 2005 levels by 2025, and it is in line with EU targets. Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United…

Secretary of State John Kerry.

Earth Day Op-Ed from Secretary Kerry

Since we’re celebrating Earth Day this week, I wanted to draw your attention to this opinion piece in USA Today written by Secretary Kerry titled, John Kerry: On Earth Day, time running out for climate change. “In the 1950s and 60s, America’s natural resources were in bad shape. Communities were so polluted that clouds of smog…

President Barack Obama sitting at the Resolute desk in 2009.

The Arctic Council & The Resolute Desk

On April 24-25, 2015, Canada will host the 2015 Arctic Council Ministerial meeting in Iqaluit, Nunavut, a small town that has less than 7,000 inhabitants and is an administrative and logistical center for much of the eastern Arctic. The exciting part for us is that Canada will be handing over the baton as the United…

Iceberg B-15 (NSF photo).

Celebrating Earth Day 2015

Earth Day is the day devoted to focusing on our Earth environment and taking a look at what we can do to help sustain it. The Polar Regions are two of the best places to see how fragile our environment really is and how quickly it is impacted by things like climate change. I spent…

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Climate Change Is Hurting Our Health

On April 7, President Obama participated in a roundtable at Howard University focused on how climate change is harming our health. He met with the Surgeon General and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator and outlined what the Administration has already done to reduce the causes of climate change. They also discussed ways to prepare our…

Geneva Climate Change Conference - February 2015

U.S. Submission to the UN on Climate Change

Secretary Kerry announced on March 31 that the U.S. had submitted its commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In a recent press release, he stated that: “For our part, the United States committed to cut our emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2025 – which…


Celebrate World Water Day!

The United States is committed to help solve global water scarcity problems.  The Department leads by example by incorporating water conservation technology and practices into its facilities in the United States and overseas.  Just this year, the U.S. Consulate in Karachi set up an irrigation system using reclaimed water for their newly-planted native plants. U.S.…


World Water Day Next Week

Next Tuesday, March 24, is World Water Day. Here’re a few water-related facts to think about in the meantime. Water is the element that underpins all of human civilization. The World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Risks Report named water the top societal risk over the next 10 years. We celebrate Preview the theme for this year:…