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Climate change could create 'megadroughts' in Southwest, Central Plains, new NASA study projects

The study, published Feb. 12 in the journal  Science Advances, projected that higher levels of man-made greenhouse gas emissions increased the risk of droughts that can last for three decades or more, in these regions – even greater than what's been seen during the last 1,000 years.  

The president's fiscal 2016 budget request: NSF and NASA

The National Science Foundation called on Congress Monday to fund the agency at $7.7 billion for fiscal 2016. That's an increase of $379 million over the fiscal 2015 levels, says a Feb. 2 NSF statement.

The president's 2016 budget request: Commerce Department

The Commerce Department  would see a a 15.3-percent hike in discretionary funding under President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposal – receiving $9.8 billion, up from $8.5 billion for the current fiscal year.

Pew poll: Public expresses favorable opinion of most agencies

Even though overall trust in the government is near historic lows, the public expressed favorable views toward the individual agencies in a Jan. 22 Pew Research Center poll. Wide majorities of people express favorable views of such government agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA and the Defense Department.

SOTU: Obama will veto any bills that threaten his affordable healthcare and immigration policies

President Obama once again flexed his executive muscles in his penultimate State of the Union speech Tuesday night, though not through promises of executive orders like he did last year. This year Obama promised to veto any bills that would undo the his healthcare and immigration policies.

As 2016 launch of new weather satellite nears, GAO sees risks in NOAA's program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to face cost overruns and delays in key program milestones as it readies the launch of the first of four next-generation weather satellites next year.

2014 warmest year on record, NOAA and NASA scientists conclude

Temperatures collected around the globe show that every ocean had parts that were record warmest as well as many portions of Europe. Still, there were a few land areas where temperatures were actually cooler than average, most notably in North America and particularly across the United States.

GAO: James Webb Space Telescope risks schedule slip

Despite NASA reporting the James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, will launch as planned in October 2018, the Government Accountability Office says one of the agency's most complex and expensive projects in NASA history faces increased schedule and cost risks.

GAO: NASA faces huge obstacles in putting a person on Mars

Still basking in the success of last week's Orion space launch, NASA officials were brought back to Earth with Government Accountability Office testimony that says NASA still faces incredible technical and financial challenges in its mission to put a person on Mars. In Dec. 10 testimony, GAO space expert Cristina Chaplain says the mission to put a person on Mars has been hampered by unrealistic and inconsistent goals as well as significant funding issues.

New federal water, ecosystem datasets available to help assess climate change impact

The White House, Interior Department and several other agencies this week released large government datasets on water and ecosystems as well as new geospatial tools to help communities prepare and cope with impacts from climate change.