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Society and Environment
Because humans both affect and are affected by their environment, the social and behavioral sciences have important insights to contribute to questions about environmental decision making and management of national resources. Our projects have explored issues such as how public participation affects the quality of environmental decisions, how the federal government can communicate effectively about climate change to local decision-makers, and why people choose to either sustain or deplete commonly held resources. See also:
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Risk Management and Governance Issues in Shale Gas Extraction
A steering committee established by the National Research Council will organize two workshops to examine the range of social and decision-making issues in risk characterization and governance related...
Sustainability Science: Preparing for 9 Billion on the Planet
This project will be a public workshop that will examine key underlying paradigms of both social and natural science, as they relate to human population size, population growth, aging populations, migration toward cities, and differential consumption, land use change, .....
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|Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis
Climate change can reasonably be expected to increase the frequency and intensity of a variety of potentially disruptive environmental events--slowly at first, but then more quickly. It is prudent to...
|Effective Tracking of Building Energy Use: Improving the Commercial Buildings and Residential Energy Consumption Surveys
The United States is responsible for nearly one-fifth of the world's energy consumption. Population growth, and the associated growth in housing, commercial floor space, transportation, goods, and...
|A Review of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's Strategic Plan
The U.S. government supports a large, diverse suite of activities that can be broadly characterized as "global change research." Such research offers a wide array of benefits to the nation, in terms...
|Climate Change Education: Goals, Audiences, and Strategies: A Workshop Summary
The global scientific and policy community now unequivocally accepts that human activities cause global climate change. Although information on climate change is readily available, the nation still...
|Facilitating Climate Change Responses:A Report of Two Workshops on Insights from the Social and Behavioral Sciences
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, understanding the need for policy makers at the national level to entrain the behavioral and social sciences in addressing the challenges of global climate...
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||The Future of the Sociology of Aging: An Agenda for Action, recently released from the Committee on Population, explores the causes, consequences and implications of demographic, economic and social changes that are vital to the development of sound social policy for an aging population. The report evaluates the recent contributions of social demography, social epidemiology, and sociology to the study of aging and identifies promising new research directions in these subfields.► Read more
||Health and Incarceration: A Workshop Summary from the Committee on Law and Justice explores questions about the adequacy of healthcare for those entering and exiting the U.S. prisons and jails. The workshop, on which this report is based, was undertaken as part of a larger study on the causes and consequences of high rates of incarceration in the United States. ► Read More
||Recent Report! This report, Research Opportunities Concerning the Causes and Consequences of Child Food Insecurity and Hunger: A Workshop Summary, explores questions about the causes and consequences of child hunger in the United States and reviews the adequacy of data, policies, and research to address this problem. ► Read more