Tomorrow (September 30th) at 3:30 PM you can live-stream the White House Conference on President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative. For more info on the BRAIN Initiative, see the NIH BRAIN Initiative page here, or previous CauseScience posts. Via awesome neuroscientist Ed Boyden![tweet https://twitter.com/eboyden3/status/516642170967961600]
Previous CauseScience post about the White House Science Fair sans video. Late, but still enjoyable.
Info on White House Science Fair: http://www.whitehouse.gov/science-fair
The Apollo space missions cost more than US $100 billion in today’s terms, the Large Hadron Collider $10 billion and the development of the Airbus A380 $15 billion — making the projected $4.5 billion for the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) initiative look paltry by comparison. -Anuj K. Rastogi in Nature Correspondence
The White House and President Obama have announced a Presidential Memorandum that creates a task force that will create a Federal strategy to save pollinators, including honey bees, from recent declines. CNN news article here.
Pollinators contribute substantially to the economy of the United States and are vital to keeping fruits, nuts, and vegetables in our diets. Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year in the United States. Over the past few decades, there has been a significant loss of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies, from the environment. The problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment.
White House report: The Health Impacts of Climate Change on Americans
The report gives 6 real life impacts of climate change and how they will impact Americans’ health. The report also does a nice job describing the causes of climate change, actions the government is taking against climate change, and how those actions will impact climate change related health issues in America.
1. Increasing Ground-Level Ozone
2. Driving Up Particle Pollution
3. Contributing to More Extreme-Heat Events
4. Increasing Infectious Diseases
5. Leading to Higher Pollen Concentrations
6. Increasing the Frequency of Heavy Rainfall and Flooding