Renewable Natural 

Resources Foundation

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.


Round Table Meeting on International Climate Negotiations in Paris

The World Resources Institute (WRI) hosted RNRF’s Washington Round Table on Public Policy on October 2, 2015, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Jennifer Morgan, Global Director of WRI’s Climate Program, presented “The Road To and Through Paris,” a discussion of the context in which the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Paris are taking place. She also described key elements and challenges of a global agreement on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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House Science Committee Subpoenas NOAA Scientists

On October 13, 2015, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology issued a subpoena seeking all documents and communications related to a NOAA study refuting the notion of a global warming "hiatus." The American Meteorological Society has written an open letter to Chairman Lamar Smith, expressing concern over this action. It reads:

"Singling out specific research studies, and implicitly questioning the integrity of the researchers conducting those studies, can be viewed as a form of intimidation that could deter scientists from freely carrying out research on important national challenges."

The letter can be read in its entirety here.

Visit RNRF's blog, The Renewable Resources Report, for more information.


Renewable Resources Journal

Volume 29 Number 4
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The Road to Paris and Beyond
Although climate action ultimately occurs at a national scale, international cooperation is needed to help the flow of finance and technology, ensure legitimacy and equity, generate political momentum for domestic reforms, spur innovation and cost reductions in technologies, and provide direct incentives for mitigation in areas where local costs continue to outweigh the benefits. This article discusses these issues and more, including what it means to be on a plausible 2°C pathway and the elements of the upcoming Paris agreement. The authors discuss timely issues relevant to the upcoming negotiations, as well as principles for successful, long-term climate cooperation.

What if California's Drought Continues?
California is currently in its fourth year of a severe drought. The state is increasingly likely to experience this type of drought with low flows and high temperatures as the region’s climate warms. This article discusses what impacts the drought has already had, what to expect if the drought continues, and what steps the state is taking to build drought resilience, with a focus on California’s ecosystems.

MOOCs are massive online open courses, initiated by leading universities with the goal of providing high-quality educational experiences, either for free or for a nominal fee. Advocates claim that MOOCs dramatically expand access to high-quality instruction by significantly cutting the costs of a postsecondary education. However, this article discusses the weaknesses of MOOCs, including the lack of valuable face-to-face interaction, its problematic transmission of knowledge, and difficulties with incorporation into the larger educational system.


For 50 years, the Land & Water Conservation Fund has safeguarded natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage. On September 30, 2015, Congress allowed the program to expire. Click here for more information on how to save this valuable program.

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