Policy Position Papers

Agricultural Biotechnology’s Potential Contribution to Global Food Security and Stewardship of the Earth’s Resources

Dr. Martina Newell-McGloughlin
Over the coming decades, food and agricultural production systems must be significantly enhanced to respond to a number of transformative changes. Th...

Climate Risks, the Economy, and National Security

Kate Gordon
Whether in the public or private sector, long-term economic planning rarely takes climate change into account. Yet a warming climate will significantl...

Large and Long-Lasting Human-Caused Climate Change

Dr. Richard B. Alley
The carbon dioxide released into the air by human fossil-fuel burning will have large and long-lasting effects on climate and sea level, impacting hum...

Climate Security and “Actionable Science

Hon. Sharon Burke
The United States government recognizes climate change as a security issue, but has insufficient ends, ways, and especially means to actually improve ...

Climate Change Evidence

Dr. Inez Fung
Observations confirm that climate change is happening, and that extreme weather is becoming the new normal. In addition to the steady rise in air tem...

Report: Implications of Climate Change for National Security

Dr. Rod Schoonover
Long-term changes in the climate will produce increasingly more extreme weather events and put greater stress on critical Earth systems such as oceans...

Perennial Crops Are a Key to Sustainably Productive Agriculture

Dr. Lee DeHaan
Agricultural production of grain is central to the global food supply, and grain fields dominate vast regions of the landscape. Despite improv...

Diversified Adaptable Food: Toward Personalized Nutrition

Cecelia Bartolucci
In the next decades, we will be facing an increase in world population. Some of the greatest challenges will be to sustainably and equitably provide b...

Water Resource Management Challenges in a Time of Changing Climate

Dr. Sharon Megdal
Water is scarce relative to demand in Arizona and the Colorado River Basin. Despite 14 years of drought, the likes of which have not been seen...

Balancing Efficient Use With Sustainable Generation

Neil Fromer, Executive Director, Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech
We need to develop a wide range of new technology to support a more sustainable future. In the United States, this means developing a system-wide opti...