Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

December 14, 2015

Edited by Kate Stoll, Senior Policy Advisor, MIT Washington Office

Energy and Environment

Agreement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris was reached on December 12th, creating the first ever world-wide agreement to commit to fighting global warming. To go into effect, the pact needs to be approved by at least 55 nations that account for at least 55% of the world’s green house gas emissions. Because the targets are not binding, US Senate approval is not required, but Congressional approval of spending to implement the US contributions to climate aid is needed. (Sources: National Public Radio, Washington Post)


On December 10th, the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act following overwhelming bipartisan support for the bill in the House and Senate. The legislation replaces the No Child Left Behind Act making key changes including expanding access to pre-school and giving more flexibility to states on testing requirements.  (Source: USA Today)


A new report outlines the impact of MIT alumni-founded companies, which have created 4.6 million jobs, generating nearly $2 trillion in annual revenues. (Source: MIT News)

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