Renewable Natural 

Resources Foundation


Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) recognizes that sustaining the Earth's renewable resources base will require a collaborative approach to problem solving using biological, physical and social sciences, and design and engineering disciplines.

RNRF's misson is to advance the application of science and related disciplines in decision-making, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and educate policymakers and the public on managing and conserving renewable natural resources.

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EPA Releases Report on Risk Evaluation of Chemicals

EPALast week, the Environmental Protection Agency released an annual report on risk evaluation of chemical substances. The annual report is a requirement of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemicals Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The report lists the chemical substances that will undergo risk evaluation including those that will be initiated within the year and those that are expected to be completed within the year, and identifies resources necessary to complete these tasks.

Read more about the EPA's report on risk evaluation of chemicals on RNRF's blog, The Renewable Resources Report.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ARCHIVE

As is customary, the National Archive is hosting the former administration's White House website. The Obama Administration's White House website and content can be accessed at the following link. ObamaWhiteHouse.archives.gov

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Publications


Renewable Resources Journal
Volume 30 Number 3

How to Prosper in the Rare Metal Age

Rare metals are key ingredients in green technologies such as electric cars, wind turbines, and solar panels. Our demands for rare metals are now pushing against the bounds of what we can sustainably produce. This article provides an overview of rare metals and how and why the world relies on them. It then provides an overview of the steps we must take to ensure the sustainability of our rare metal supplies.

A Flood of Choices: Considering Privatization of Water Utilities

This article examines the critical factors that a municipality considering a change in water utility management must consider. It also looks at the consequences of changing to different methods of management.

The Case for Cosmetic Safety Reform

Under current law, the FDA has little authority to review or restrict chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products. This stands as a stark contrast to regulations put in place by Canada, Japan, and the European Union. This article provides an overview of the potential harms of the chemicals found in cosmetics and personal care products, and examines the issues with, and potential solutions to lacking FDA regulation.

Implications for U.S. National Security of Anticipated Climate Change

Using predictions and analysis from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's reports, the U.S. National Intelligence Council examines the possible impacts of climate change on U.S. national security over the next 20 years. The article concludes that climate change is likely to have dramatic, even unprecedented effects on certain aspects of national security.







WHAT'S NEW?

Call for 2017 Awards Nominations

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RNRF's 2016 Congress on Harnessing Big Data for the Environment took place in Washington, DC on December 6-7, 2016.

The congress website can be accessed here. A congress report is being prepared.

DID YOU KNOW...

For 50 years, the Land & Water Conservation Fund has safeguarded natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage. After allowing funding for the program to expire on September 30, 2015, Congress issued a three-year reauthorization of the fund on December 16, 2015. The program will be funded at $450 million in 2016, a 50% increase over 2015 funding levels. Click here for more information about this valuable program.



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