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Unconvential Hydrocarbon Roundtable

This new activity by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is working on issues related to BECS reports and activities. The roundtable will provide a neutral forum where representatives from government, industry, academia, and non-governmental and international organization can meet and discuss potential advances and disadvantages of using unconvential hydrocarbon resources.

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New Activities

Assessing Approaches to Updating the Social Cost of Carbon

CO2LThis new project will review the latest research on modeling the economic aspects of climate change to further inform future revision to the SCC estimates used in regulatory impact analyses. The study was requested by the Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Carbon, co-chaired by the Council of Economic Advisors and the Office of Management and Budget.

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Methods for Characterizing Risk in Climate Change Assessments: A Workshop

Climate ChangeThis new project will hold a workshop to inform the approaches to characterizing and communicating risk within the National Climate Assessment. An ad hoc steering committee will be named to organize and identify presenters and discussants for the workshop.

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Recent Reports NS

Enhancing Participation in the U.S. Global Change Research Program

Global Change Research ProgramThis report provides a rationale for evaluating the US Global Change Research Program membership and capabilities and identifying potential new agencies and departments in the hopes that these changes will enable the program to more effectively inform the public and prepare for the future. It also offers actionable recommendations for adjustments to the methods and procedures that will allow the program to better meet its stated goals.

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Risk and Risk Governance Issues in Shale Gas Development: Summary of Two Workshops


This report summarizes two workshops convened in May and August 2013 by the Board on Environmental Change and Society to consider and assess claims about the levels and types of risk posed by shale gas development and about the adequacy of existing governance procedures.

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Can Earth's and Society's Systems Meet the Needs of 10 Billion People?


10 Billion LThis report summarizes a workshop convened in October 2013 that explored how to increase the world’s population to 10 billion in a sustainable way while simultaneously increasing their well-being and standard of living. The report examines key issues in the science of sustainability that are related to overall human population size, population growth, aging populations, migration toward cities, and differential consumption, land use change, and by different subpopulations, as viewed through the lenses of both social and natural science.

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