Sunday, April 20, 2014 
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Earthlab Decison TAble 958X270


The "decision table" in the Earth Lab exhibit at the Marian Koshland Science Museum, at which visitors can interact with scientific data and see the consequences of their decisions (read more....), was developed with contributions from BECS members Joe Arvai and Jim Sweeney and former member Tom Dietz. (photo credit: Marian Koshland Science Museum). 

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New: Climate and Social Stress 

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BECS' latest report, Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis, released 9 November 2012, is now in print.  The report discusses the complex relationship among climate, other environmental conditions, and socioeconomic and political conditions. Factors that link climate events to outcomes of security concern include nature of the event, exposure of people and things of value to people to the event, their susceptibility to harm, and their societies' coping, response, and recovery capabilities.  Obtain a free PDF or order the book here; or read the Report-in-Brief.

Workshop on Sustainability Science:
Can Earth's and Society's Systems Meet
the Needs of 10 Billion People?


This public workshop featured invited presentations and discussions directed at examination, through the lenses of both natural and social sciences, of the key issues in the science of sustainability related to overall population size, growth, aging, differential consumption, land use, etc. Throughout, the questions "what do we know?" and "what do we not know?" were prominent; the workshop concluded with group discussion of needed research directions.

(co-organized by: BECS, CPOP, and BLS




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