National Research Council

December 26, 2014--Biggest cloud-seeding experiment yet only sparks more debate (Live Science)

Meteorologists first conceived of seeding clouds as a way to increase rainfall in 1946, working at General Electric's laboratories in Schenectady, New York. But in the nearly 60 years since then, it has remained unclear whether human attempts to make it snow actually work.


November 8, 2012--Clean-up of some U.S. contaminated groundwater sites unlikely for decades (Science Daily)

At least 126,000 sites across the U.S. have contaminated groundwater that requires remediation, and about 10 percent of these sites are considered "complex," meaning restoration is unlikely to be achieved in the next 50 to 100 years due to technological limitations, says a new report from the National Research Council.


May 3, 2012--Report points to decline in ability to monitor the Earth (New York Times)

Earth-observing systems operated by the United States have entered a steep decline, imperiling the nation’s monitoring of weather, natural disasters and climate change, a report from the National Research Council warned Wednesday.


May 6, 2011--Can a water plan work without an environmental goal? (New York Times)

The National Research Council sent a baker’s dozen of scientists and engineers out to California last year to weigh in on one of the nation’s most complicated political and scientific conundrums: how to please all of the parties with claims on the waters of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, while ensuring the preservation or restoration of critical species and their habitats.


May 19, 2010--Climate evidence 'compelling,' research council urges U.S. to act now (Environmental News Service)

"Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for - and in many cases is already affecting - a broad range of human and natural systems," the National Research Council advised today in one of three separate reports on climate change requested by Congress.


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