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Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
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DOI Plans to Expand Regional Climate Change Centers
14 September 2009 5:22 pm
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released its first comprehensive strategy to deal with climate change impacts on the 202 million hectares that the department manages.
Outlined in a secretarial order, the plan includes expanding the purview of eight regional science centers currently being developed by the U.S. Geological Survey to provide guidance on climate change impacts to the Department's Fish and Wildlife Service. The centers will now work with other DOI agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management.
The 2010 budget includes $10 million for these centers, a figure that will grow in the Administration's next budget proposal. "There will be additional money requested for science and adaptive management," Department Secretary Ken Salazar said at a press conference today.
Also included in the plan is a senior council, chaired by Salazar, that will coordinate activities throughout the department. One key player is missing, however: the U.S. Geological Survey still lacks a permanent director. Marcia McNutt was nominated on 9 July, but a Senate confirmation hearing hasn't been scheduled yet.
The holdup is that the chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Jeff Bingaman (D–NM) is one of the "Gang of Six" senators working on health care reform and is too busy. A committee spokesman says that McNutt's hearing should happen in the next few weeks.