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Biodiversity II: Understanding and Protecting Our Biological Resources, National Research Council, 1996

Calls attention to a most urgent global problem: the rapidly accelerating loss of plant and animal species to increasing human population pressures and the demands of economic development.

Building a Foundation for Sound Environmental Decisions, National Research Council, 1997

Describes a framework for acquiring the knowledge needed to solve current recognized environmental problems and to be prepared for the kinds of environmental problems likely to emerge in the future.

Clean Coastal Waters: Understanding and Reducing the Effects of Nutrient Pollution, National Research Council, 2000

Explains technical aspects of nutrient over-enrichment and proposes both immediate local action by coastal managers and a longer-term national strategy incorporating policy design, classification of affected sites, law and regulation, coordination, and communication.

Earth Observations from Space: History, Promise, and Reality, National Research Council, 1995

Reviews the recent history of U.S. earth observation programs involved in environmental monitoring. The focus is on monitoring programs related to civilian needs.

Ecological Indicators for the Nation, National Research Council, 2000

Identifies ecological indicators that can support U.S. policy making and also be adapted to decisions at regional and local levels.

Effects of Past Global Change on Life, National Research Council, 1995

Explores what earth scientists are learning about the impact of large-scale environmental changes on ancient life—and how these findings may help us resolve today's environmental controversies.

Environmentally Significant Consumption: Research Directions, National Research Council, 1997

Demonstrates that the relationship of consumption to the environment needs careful analysis by environmental and social scientists and conveys some of the excitement of treating the issue scientifically.

From Monsoons to Microbes: Understanding the Ocean's Role in Human Health, National Research Council, 1999

Examines the links between the ocean's role in climate and impacts on human health, including storm-related deaths and injuries, infectious disease outbreaks, and toxic algal blooms.

Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) Implementation Plan 1997-2002, International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, 1998

Describes START's goals to promote regional global change science and to enhance the capacity of individuals, institutions, and developing regions to undertake such research.

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