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.

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India's Coal Plant Plans Conflict with Paris Climate Commitments


India will not be able to meet its Paris Climate Agreement commitments in the coming years if it carries through with plans to build nearly 370 coal-fired power plants, a new study finds.

"India is facing a dilemma of its own making," said Steve Davis, associate professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine and coauthor of a new study published in Earth's Future, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. "The country has vowed to curtail its use of fossil fuels in electricity generation, but it has also put itself on a path to building hundreds of coal-burning power plants to feed its growing industrial economy."

According to Davis and his colleagues, India has pledged to the international community to reduce its emissions intensity—the amount of carbon dioxide released per unit of gross domestic product—by as much as 35 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, and to increase the percentage of renewable energy in its power grids. The construction of 65 gigawatts worth of coal-burning generation with an additional 178 gigawatts in the planning stages would make it nearly impossible for India to meet those climate promises, the researchers say...

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

worldwide March For science held on april 22, 2017—now for the follow-up

The March for Science was a celebration of passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

The March took place in public spaces around the world on April 22, 2017. Activities included marches and rallies, open houses, children's science festivals and teach-ins.

For information about follow-up activities click here:


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Renewable Resources Journal
Volume 31 Number 1

Withdrawal from International Agreements: Legal Framework and the Paris Agreement

Renewed attention to the role of Congress in the termination of treaties and other international agreements has arisen following statements by President Donald Trump that he may consider withdrawing the United States from certain high profile agreements.

This article examines the legal framework for withdrawal from international agreements with a specific focus on the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Restoring and Sustaining Great Lakes Ecosystems

More than 30 million people live in the Great Lakes basin, and the impact of their daily activities, from the water consumed to the waste returned, directly affect the Great Lakes environment.

This article examines ongoing efforts to restore and sustain Great Lakes ecosystems with a specific focus on efforts made under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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Call for 2017 Awards Nominations


RNRF's 2016 Congress on Harnessing Big Data for the Environment took place in Washington, DC on December 6-7, 2016.

The congress website can be accessed here. The congress report can be accessed here.

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