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Congress on Harnessing Big Data for the Environment

December 6-7, 2016
Washington, D.C.

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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.

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World Energy Outlook 2016 Sees Broad Transformations in the Global Energy Landscape

1As a result of major transformations in the global energy system that take place over the next decades, renewables and natural gas are the big winners in the race to meet energy demand growth until 2040, according to the latest edition of the World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency’s flagship publication.

A detailed analysis of the pledges made for the Paris Agreement on climate change finds that the era of fossil fuels appears far from over and underscores the challenge of reaching more ambitious climate goals. Still, government policies, as well as cost reductions across the energy sector, enable a doubling of both renewables – subject of a special focus in this year’s Outlook – and of improvements in energy efficiency over the next 25 years. Natural gas continues to expand its role while the shares of coal and oil fall back.

“We see clear winners for the next 25 years – natural gas but especially wind and solar – replacing the champion of the previous 25 years, coal,” said Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director...

Read more about the World Energy Outlook 2016 report on RNRF's blog, The Renewable Resources Report.


Renewable Resources Journal
Volume 30 Number 2

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An Assessment of Aquifer Water Quality
About 80 billion gallons of water is pumped from U.S. aquifers daily. Groundwater provides one-third of the water that is pumped by public supply systems to provide the water used in homes, schools, and businesses in cities and towns. Overall, about 130 million people currently get their drinking water from groundwater. Identifying trends in groundwater quality and investigating their causes is essential to helping water managers prepare for the future. This article discusses the various contaminants in groundwater that have human-health and ecological consequences.

Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity
The rate of ocean acidification that we have experienced since pre-industrial times and its projected continuation are potentially unparalleled in the last 300 million years of Earth’s history. As such, current ocean acidification represents a new and unprecedented chapter of marine ecosystem change that seems very likely to have a significant impact on marine species and ecosystems, various industries and communities, and global food security. This article provides an overview of the most up-to-date information on the impacts of ocean acidification on biodiversity. 

Deforestation Fronts
Deforestation is driven by demand for food, fuel, and fiber; pollution; human-induced disturbances; and invasive species, among other factors. This degradation leads to ecologically simplified, less resilient, and less productive forests. This article highlights three deforestation fronts—the Amazon, the Congo Basin, and the Greater Mekong—to illustrate the state and drivers of deforestation. Reversing deforestation fronts will require measures to remedy the fundamental market and governance failures that drive poor land-use choices and practices.


2016 Award Winners Announced

Summaries of presentations, findings, and recommendations from the Congress on Sustaining Western Water are presented in a special edition of the Renewable Resources Journal available here.


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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