a sound scientific
and technical underpinning for environmental policies, and
an interagency R&D
strategy for environment and natural resource issues.
Priority policy areas
include global climate change, ozone depletion, loss of biological diversity,
desertification, deforestation, pesticides and toxic substances, urban
and regional air quality, environmental technologies, water quality, hazardous
and solid waste, natual hazards, and marine pollution. The division also
has responsibility for promoting risk analysis and environmental education
programs, and supporting the development of regional ecosystem approaches
to environmental protection.