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 mission 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.

New on RNRF Blog

The World is Facing a Global Sand Crises

Source: Steve Austin, CC BY-SA

When people picture sand spread across idyllic beaches and endless deserts, they might think of it as an infinite resource. But as researchers discuss in a just-published perspective in the journal Science, over-exploitation of global supplies of sand is damaging the environment, endangering communities, causing shortages and promoting violent conflict.

This problem is rarely mentioned in scientific discussions and until now has not been systemically studied. While scientists are making a great effort to quantify how infrastructure systems such as roads and buildings affect the habitats that surround them, the impacts of extracting construction minerals such as sand and gravel to build those structures have been overlooked.

It is essential to understand what happens at the places where sand is minded, where it is used and the many...

Read more on RNRF's blog, The Renewable Resources Report.


To receive periodic news releases, announcements and links to complimentary issues of the Renewable Resources Journal CLICK HERE




                    Volume 31 Number 2

The Rising Cost of Wildfire Protection

Source: Youtube, Discovery Channel

Wildfires generally are getting larger, causing more damage, and becoming more costly. Bigger fires cost more to control, but the development of homes on or near fire-prone lands is contributing significantly to firefighting costs.

This article addresses why wildfires are becoming more severe and expensive and describes how the protection of homes in the Wildland-Urban Interface has added to these costs. The article concludes with a brief discussion of solutions that may help control escalating costs.

The U.S. Government's Federal Environmental Liability
                          Youtube, Department of Energy

The federal government's environmental liability has been growing for the past 20 years, partially because of a lack of complete information and individual federal agencies' often inconsistent approach to making cleanup decisions.

This article examines the causes of escalating environmental liability costs and makes recommendations for federal agencies to improve their methods of accounting for and addressing their environmental liabilities.

New Federal Toxics Laws Could Have Future Implications for States

                          Youtube, DoE

The federal government recently enacted major reform to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). While the reforms grant the EPA more authority to enforce restrictions on chemicals, the new law places greater limits on the authority of states to enforce their own laws restricting the use of chemicals.

This article explains the new toxic substance law, called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, and its implications for states' toxic substances regulations.

CLICK HERE to Download a Free PDF of the Journal

What's new . . .

2017 RNRF Award Winners Announced

SatHurricanes Harvey and Irma have devastated communities along the Gulf Coast. Local, state, and federal agencies are struggling to provide necessary and timely relief.

RNRF conducted a national congress on coastal resilience and risk in 2013 in response to Superstorm Sandy. All of the issues and challenges remain — particularly the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). As Congress contemplates extending NFIP, which is slated to expire December 8 with a deficit of more than $24.6 billion, (plus an additional $15 billion for Harvey and Irma) the report's science-based findings and recommendations are as relevant as ever.

RNRF's report on coastal resilience and risk is available as a free download here.

Connect with RNRF: