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Unconventional 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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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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Assessment of Approaches to Updating the Social Cost of Carbon: Phase 1 Report on a Near-Term Update

SCC Interim BLThis report from the Board on Environmental Change and Society advises that there would not be sufficient benefit to updating estimates of the social cost of carbon (SCC) within a year based only on the revision of a specific parameter in the existing framework used by the government’s interagency group to measure the SCC. The committee considered whether a near-term change is warranted on the basis of updating the probability distribution for equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS). Because ECS is only one input to the framework used to estimate the SCC, updating the ECS alone may not significantly improve the estimates. The report also recommends ways to change the IWG's technical support documents to enhance the qualitative characterization of uncertainties associated with the SCC estimates, which would increase the transparency of the estimates when used in regulatory impact analyses.

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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

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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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