The Natural Environment


As scientists learn more about how the environment responds to human activity, it has become an area of increasing concern to the global community. RAND research has helped inform policies and direct further studies of environmental issues, from building efficiency and natural resource management to risk management and decisionmaking in the face of deep scientific and economic uncertainties.

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    Japan Risks Reputation in Oceania with Fukushima Discharge

    Japan's decision in August to begin discharging treated radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean from its destroyed Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is fairly unpopular in Oceania, potentially damaging Tokyo's reputation in this increasingly strategic region.

    Sep 28, 2023

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    Strategies to Mitigate the Risks to National Critical Functions Generated by Climate Change

    This interactive tool presents climate adaptation strategies identified for each National Critical Function that are capable of mitigating the risks posed by various climate drivers—drought, extreme cold or heat, flooding, sea-level rise, severe storm systems, tropical cyclones and hurricanes, and wildfires.

    Sep 13, 2023

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