This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey FitzpatrickResearch Recap graphic identifier

The Washington Post recently provided some tips on how to get the best view of Washington, DC’s biggest celebrity—that’s right, Bei Bei, the National Zoo’s giant panda cub! Here’s the latest EPA science to read about while you stand in line for your turn, or have some other less exciting thing to do.

  • The Nexus of Food-Energy and Water
    EPA is a sponsor for the upcoming Nexus conference which is looking at the intricate links between food, energy, land, and water management in today’s complex world. The Conference will focus on critical questions such as ‘How do we feed the 9.6 billion people expected to be alive in 2050?’
    Read more about these challenges and the upcoming conference in the blog The Nexus of Food-Energy and Water: Critical Steps to Sustainability.
  • Visualize Your Water
    Do you live near the Great Lakes or the Chesapeake Bay watershed? EPA is challenging high school students to use open government data sources to create compelling, innovative, and comprehensible visualizations that inform individuals and communities about nutrient pollution and inspire them to reduce nutrient levels that cause algal blooms and hypoxia in local watersheds.
    Read more about the Visualize Your Water Challenge.
  • The Broader Lessons of California Drought
    EPA has awarded a $1 million grant to the Public Policy Institute of California to study the factors that have contributed to the state’s drought and the broader effects of a decreased water supply. Water Online recently wrote about how the study’s findings promise to go beyond an account of what happens when water wanes.
    Read the article The Broader Lessons of California Drought.

About the Author: Kacey Fitzpatrick is a student contractor and writer working with the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.

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