Where should the United States focus its long-term efforts to improve the nation's environment? What are the nation's most important environmental issues? What role should science and technology play in addressing these issues? Linking Science and Technology to Society's Environmental Goals provides the current thinking and answers to these questions. Based on input from a range of experts and interested individuals, including representatives of industry, government, academia, environmental organizations, and Native American communities, this book urges policymakers to
Use social science and risk assessment to guide decisionmaking.
Monitor environmental changes in a more thorough, consistent, and coordinated manner.
Reduce the adverse impact of chemicals on the environment.
Move away from the use of fossil fuels.
Adopt an environmental approach to engineering that reduces the use of natural resources.
Substantially increase our understanding of the relationship between population and consumption. This book will be of special interest to policymakers in government and industry; environmental scientists, engineers, and advocates; and faculty, students, and researchers.
National Research Council. Linking Science and Technology to Society's Environmental Goals. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1996.