Building a Foundation for Sound Environmental Decisions

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National Academies Press, Aug 1, 1997 - Political Science - 104 pages
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Over the past decades, environmental problems have attracted enormous attention and public concern. Many actions have been taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others to protect human health and ecosystems from particular threats. Despite some successes, many problems remain unsolved and new ones are emerging. Increasing population and related pressures, combined with a realization of the interconnectedness and complexity of environmental systems, present new challenges to policymakers and regulators.
Scientific research has played, and will continue to play, an essential part in solving environmental problems. Decisions based on incorrect or incomplete understanding of environmental systems will not achieve the greatest reduction of risk at the lowest cost.
This volume describes a framework for acquiring the knowledge needed both to solve current recognized problems and to be prepared for the kinds of problems likely to emerge in the future. Many case examples are included to illustrate why some environmental control strategies have succeeded where others have fallen short and how we can do better in the future.

 

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Contents

Executive Summary
1
1 Environmental Challenges
5
2 Improving Our Understanding of Environmental Issues
13
3 Achieving a Focused Research Agenda
37
4 EPAs Position in the Broader Environmental Research Enterprise
49
5 Summary Conclusions and Recommendations
59
References
67
APPENDIXES
71
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