December 6-7, 2016
The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) recognizes that sustaining the Earth's renewable resource base will require a collaborative approach to problem solving by disciplines representing engineering, design, and the biological, physical and social sciences.
The mission of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation
is to advance the application of science in
decision-making, promote interdisciplinary collaboration,
and educate policymakers and the public on managing and
conserving renewable natural resources.
The Brattle Group hosted RNRF’s Washington Round
Table on Public Policy at its Washington, D.C.
office on April 20, 2016. Heidi Bishop, a senior
policy and marketing analyst, discussed the status
of smart grid development, renewable energy
trends, and the integration of renewables into
New on RNRF Blog
On June 1, 2016, NOAA released a draft Ocean
Noise Strategy Roadmap, the first of its kind. The strategy seeks to
ensure that NOAA is more comprehensively addressing noise impacts to
aquatic species and their habitat over the next decade. The document
summarizes the status of the science to support the Ocean Noise
Strategy’s goals, details relevant NOAA management and science
capacities, and recommends cross-agency actions that could be taken to
achieve more comprehensive management of noise impacts.
As the roadmap states:
“Increasing human activity, along more of the earth’s coastlines
and extending farther offshore in deep ocean environments, is leading to
rising levels of underwater noise. Increasing noise levels are
impacting the animals and ecosystems that inhabit these places in
complex ways, including through acute, chronic, and cumulative
effects…Numerous studies illustrate specific adverse physical and
behavioral effects that exposure to certain sound types and levels can
have on different species. Additionally, sound is a fundamental
component of the physical and biological habitat that many aquatic
animals and ecosystems have evolved to rely on over millions of years.
In just the last ~100 years, human activities have caused large
increases in noise and changes in soundscapes. These changes can lead to
reduced ability to detect and interpret environmental cues that animals
use to select mates, find food, maintain group structure and
relationships, avoid predators, navigate, and perform other critical
Read more about NOAA's Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap on RNRF's blog, The Renewable Resources Report.
Renewable Resources Journal
An Assessment of Aquifer Water Quality
Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine
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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