Thursday, October 23, 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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Climate and Social Stress 

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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.


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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Scoping a Workshop on Integrating
Socio-Economic Factors with
Abrupt Change and Extreme Events in Climate Models


This public symposium was part of the semi-annual BECS meeting.




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