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National Science Foundation seeks feedback on Strategic Plan

The National Science Foundation is beginning the process of updating its Strategic Plan. As part of that process, the Foundation invites feedback on the Vision, Core Values, Strategic Goals and Strategic Objectives described in the current NSF Strategic Plan at http://www.nsf.gov/about/performance/strategic_plan.jsp.

Submit your feedback here: https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/strategicplan/feedback.jsp

International Junior Forester's Competition

The International Jr. Foresters’ Competition is an annual event hosted by Russian Federal Forestry Agency (RFFA) to promote and reward young scientists for their interest and efforts in the environmental field, as well as to encourage international dialogue about forestry issues. The 2016 competition will take place in in early September (September 4 – 9), and will include time for sightseeing in and around St. Petersburg, Russia. The competition, which runs a bit like a science fair, is open to young adults between the ages of 14-22.

EU Smashes Emissions Target Six Years Early

Emissions across EU member states fell nearly 25 percent from 1990 to 2014, beating the target of 20 percent reduction by 2020 six years early. Economic output in the same period rose 47 percent. Experts attribute the drop in emissions to the transition from coal to renewable energy and natural gas and improved energy efficiency measures, but also to milder winters across the EU that lowered demand for heating.

This New Neighborhood Will Grow Its Own Food, Power Itself, And Handle Its Own Waste

ReGen Village, outside of Amsterdam, doesn't need a grid or food systems. It's a model for a future, fully closed-loop settlement.

If you live inside one of the houses in a new neighborhood being built in an Amsterdam suburb, your dining room might be next to an indoor vegetable garden. Outside, you'll have another seasonal garden. And down the street, almost everything you eat will be grown in high-tech vertical farms.

Portland Public Schools Ban Climate Denial in Textbooks

The Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution to present climate change as a fact rather than a theory in textbooks while highlighting anthropogenic contribution.

In a move spearheaded by environmentalists, the Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in schools.

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