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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Environmental Change and Society
Board on Environmental Change and Society
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
People-Environment Interactions

Homo sapiens has changed the physical, ecological, and biological components of the Earth’s planetary systems to a degree far beyond that of any other species. Those environmental changes impact human populations in return, and continue to shift, often in unanticipated ways. BECS seeks to inform the transitions that society will need to make to sustain and improve human well-being in the face of environmental change, and to provide insights that will help limit environmental degradation.


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