- The United Nations has developed maps that show the potential for biological carbon storage and biodiversity protection in Cambodia, China, Ecuador, Honduras, and Nigeria. The maps, which are available at http://www.carbon-biodiversity.net/, may help policymakers to make decisions that address climate change while conserving biodiversity.
- New research protocols have been finalized for research involving aquatic invasive species. Grants funded by the National Sea Grant College Program and the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Units will now need to include a risk assessment for the potential release of invasive species. For more information, visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-30175.htm.
- Scientists with expertise in biological oceanography/marine biology, social science, marine archaeology, and physical oceanography are sought to fill 15 vacancies on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Scientific Committee. The Committee advises the Secretary of the Interior on the appropriateness, feasibility, and scientific value of the OCS Environmental Studies Program and environmental aspects of offshore energy and marine minerals programs. For more information, visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-29642.htm.
- Kentucky may soon be home to two creationist attractions: the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter theme park. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D) announced the deal with Ark Encounter, LLC for the construction of a $150 million religious theme park in northern Kentucky that will feature a full scale replicate of Noah's ark. Although the amusement park will be built with private funds, the state will give the developer $37.5 million in tax breaks.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review Workshops. Experts are needed to review data and advise the government regarding the scientific information, including but not limited to data and models, used in stock assessments for oceanic sharks in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. For more information, visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-30176.htm.
- On 5 January 2011, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), an advisory committee to the Federal Government, is hosting a public consultation to obtain input from the scientific community regarding strategies for enhancing personnel reliability and strengthening the culture of responsibility at research facilities that conduct research with dangerous pathogens. The discussion will inform NSABB deliberations and ultimately the development of an NSABB report on the topic. The meeting will be held on January 5, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Bethesda Hyatt Regency, 7400 Wisconsin Avenue (One Bethesda Metro Center), Bethesda, MD. For more information, please visit http://www.biosecurityboard.gov. The meeting is open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Please visit http://www.biosecurityboard.gov to register.
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