In order to improve understanding of the national-scale consequences
of global climate change, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and
the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) are sponsoring a series
of regional workshops to examine the vulnerabilities of various regions
of the United States to climate variability and climate change and to aggregate
information across regions to support national-scale scientific assessment.
The costs of natural disasters are high and escalating rapidly.
Natural Disasters in the United States over the past five years have averaged
a billion per week. To meet the challenge of making significant reductions
in losses from natural disasters, the National Science and Technology Council'
s) Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) has identified
a number of actions that would strengthen the Nation'
and better serve states and local communities at risk.
The National Science and Technology Council'
on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) has recognized a high priority
need to integrate and coordinate environmental monitoring and research
networks and programs across the federal government. This effort
will allow a comprehensive evaluation of our Nation'
s environmental resources
and its ecological systems.
There is evidence that domestic animals and wildlife have
suffered adverse consequences from exposure to environmental chemicals
that interact with the endocrine system. A CENR Working Group is
developing an integrated research strategy across the federal agencies
to address high priority research needs related to endocrine disruptors
including developing a planning framework for federal research, conducting
an inventory of on-going federally funded research, and identifying research
gaps and facilitating a coordinated interagency research plan to
s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources
(CENR) identified ground-level ozone as an initiative in 1995. The
North American Research Strategy for Tropospheric Ozone (NARSTO) is a unique
public/private partnership whose membership spans government, industry,
the utilities, and academia throughout North America, including Mexico
and Canada. Its primary mission is to coordinate and enhance policy-relevant
scientific research and assessment of tropospheric ozone behavior, with
the central goal of providing the information needed for workable, efficient,
and effective strategies and policies for local and regional ozone management.