Week in Review 5.27.22
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee newsletter! The SST Newsletter highlights the goings on of the Committee, the hard work of our Members, and a look ahead.
A Review of the Decadal Strategy for Planetary Science and Astrobiology 2023–2032
On Thursday, Chairman Don Beyer (D-VA) of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing to review the science priorities and recommendations from the decadal survey on planetary science and astrobiology, Origins, Worlds, and Life: A Decadal Strategy for Planetary Science and Astrobiology 2023–2032, recently released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Hear from our witnesses:
NOAA Releases Annual Greenhouse Gas Index
On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its Annual Greenhouse Gas Index (AGGI) for 2021. In the Index, NOAA found that pollution has caused a 49% increase in trapped heat in the atmosphere since 1990. Methane emissions in 2021 alone were estimated to be 15% greater than from 1984–2006.
“This sharp increase in emissions shows a dire trend that will likely continue if we do not act. I remain steadfast in ensuring our federal research and development enterprise is well-equipped as it works to develop and employ solutions to address greenhouse gas emissions. We must meet this moment and seize the significant opportunities for controlling these emissions.”
- Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
June is World Ocean Month! Throughout the month, we’re celebrating 50 years of progress in ocean and coastal conservation achieved since the passage of banner legislation including the Coastal Zone Management Act, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the Clean Water Act. As extreme natural events from hurricanes to coastal storms, warming oceans and rising sea levels threaten marine ecosystems and wreak havoc on livelihoods and communities, we must also set a course for new policies and actions necessary to sustain our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes and transform our future.
Coming up in Committee
There is no committee activity scheduled for next week.