Editorial EDITOR IN CHIEF Scott L. Collins SENIOR EDITOR BioScience® James M. Verdier A Forum for Integrating the Life Sciences Editors: Eye on Education: Beth Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org); Feature articles: American Institute of Biological Sciences Beth Baker (email@example.com); Washington Watch: Robert E. Gropp (firstname.lastname@example.org). Editorial Board: James Aronson (Centre d’Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive, CNRS, France, and Missouri Botanical Garden), Reinette Biggs (Stockholm Resil- ience Centre), Rick Bonney (Cornell Laboratory of limate change is widely regarded by the scientific community as a significant Ornithology), Gordon Brown (US Department of the Interior [retired]), Richard M. Burian (Virginia Tech), Cthreat to human health and well-being. Scientific evidence for human-caused Catherine E. Carr (University of Maryland), Daniel L. climate change is beyond dispute. Nevertheless, on 1 June 2017, President Donald Childers (Arizona State University), Scott L. Collins (University of New Mexico), Rita R. Colwell (University J. Trump announced that the United States would unilaterally withdraw from of Maryland), Charlene D’Avanzo (Hampshire College), Kathleen Donohue (Harvard University), David L. the Paris climate accord. This announcement would make the United States the Evans (Pennsylvania College of Technology), Cassandra G. Extavour (Harvard University), Eric A. Fischer (Con- only country in the world to not sign onto the Paris accord. Apparently, this was gressional Research Service), Kirk Fitzhugh (LA County part of Trump’s strategy to Make America Great Again. Shortly after Trump’s Museum of Natural History), Manuela González Suárez (University of Reading), Corinna Gries (University announcement, Emmanuel Macron, the new president of France, denounced of Wisconsin), Arnaud Grüss (University of Miami), Geoffrey M. Henebry (South Dakota State Univer- Trump’s decision and announced that climate researchers were welcome in France. sity), Jose Herrera (Western New Mexico University), To put some substance behind that invitation, Macron announced a new funding Pierre Horwitz (Edith Cowan University), Tony Joern (Kansas State University), Cynthia S. Jones (University competition, which he called Make Our Planet Great Again, or MOPGA (www. of Connecticut), Linda A. Joyce (US Department of Agriculture Forest Service), Edna S. Kaneshiro youtube.com/watch?v=FpvUFeILOdM), available to scientists in other countries (University of Cincinnati), Harvey B. Lillywhite (University of Florida), Anja Linstädter (University willing to move their research programs to France. The total amount of funding of Cologne), Alan C. Love (University of Minnesota), available is €30 million. Shortly thereafter, a request for proposals (RFP) was Paula Mabee (University of South Dakota), Pim Martens (Maastricht University), Marshall A. Martin quickly developed and issued, with the first set of submissions due 1 October 2017 (Purdue University), Nancy E. McIntyre (Texas Tech University), Stasa Milojević (Indiana University), Anna (www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/fileadmin/aap/2017/aap-ia-mopga-2017-en. K. Monfils (Central Michigan University), Janice Moore pdf). The RFP called for research in three general areas: Earth system sciences, (Colorado State University), Peter B. Moyle (University of California, Davis), Michael Nelson (Oregon State climate and sustainability sciences, and energy transition. Investigators were to University), Christer Nilsson (Umea University), Karen Oberhauser (University of Minnesota), Shelley develop proposals in collaboration with scientists at government and academic M. Payne (University of Texas at Austin), Benjamin A. Pierce (Southwestern University), Jason Podrabsky institutions in France. (Portland State U niversity), Pedro Quintana-Ascencio On 12 December 2017, Macron hosted a One Planet Summit in Paris, to which he (University of Central Florida), Sahotra Sarkar (Univer- sity of Texas at Austin), Daniel Simberloff (University invited business and political leaders. Arnold Schwarzenegger was invited. Trump of Tennessee), Robert J. Steidl (University of Arizona), was not. Macron announced the first set of 18 winning projects during this summit, Briana Timmerman (University of South Carolina), Martin Tracey (Florida International Uni versity), and not surprisingly, many of the awardees were currently based in the United States. Monica Turner (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Gordon E. Uno (University of Oklahoma), Lisette The awards are 3–5 years long and range from €1 million to €1.5 million. Although Waits (University of Idaho), Randy Wayne (Cornell announcements of research awards are not normally newsworthy, the outcome of the University), Judith S. Weis (Rutgers University), Allison Whitmer (G eorgetown University), David S. Wilcove initial competition received widespread coverage not just in the typical science media (Princeton University), Rob Williams (Oceans Initia- tive), Jean Wyld (Springfield College), Jake Vander but also from CNN, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Fortune.com, The Hill, CBS Zanden (University of Wisconsin). News, and so on. In some cases, reporters reached out to the principal investigators BioScience (ISSN 0006-3568; e-ISSN 1525-3244) is published 12 times a year by Oxford University Press, to ask what motivated them to apply for and accept the awards. Often, the explicit 2001 Evans Road, Cary, NC 27513. Production Editor: Jill Dwiggins. 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