- Representative Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), the highest ranking Republican on the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, will not seek re-election in November. Ehlers is the first research physicist to serve in Congress. During his ten terms, he has championed science, including funding for the National Science Foundation, science education, and authorization of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in law.
- The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has rejected a petition to list the American pika as a threatened or endangered species. The Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental advocacy organization, had previously requested that the FWS list the species due to the impacts of climate change on its mountain habitat. “American pika can tolerate a wider range of temperatures and precipitation than previously thought,” wrote the agency in a notice published in the Federal Register this week.
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