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There is a conflict between the growing burdens that humans place on the environment and the resources of knowledge and money at hand to modify and adjust these burdens. Growth in population and economic activity suggests that simply keeping pace with environmental needs is likely to become harder. This report focuses on institutions for the development of knowledge about environmental problems and for the synthesis and assessment of this knowledge for the purpose of informing policy. Proposals made in the report include a recommendation to strengthen the international assessment of environmental issues and the integration of scientific and technical assessments in international policy-making. One suggested approach is through building the advisory capacity of such international nongovernmental scientific organizations as the International Council of Scientific Unions. Another approach would be to strengthen the role played in countries other than the U.S. by foreign counterparts of the U.S. White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and the National Research Council and by establishing or improving international links between these organizations. The report contains five chapters: (1) Introduction; (2) Environmental Lessons of the Past 20 Years; (3) Strengthening the Worldwide Environmental Research Capability (including the need for research and training); (4) Strengthening International Assessment and Advisory Mechanisms; and (5) Coda. The appendixes present a section on environmental trends since 1970, biographies of principal contributors to this report, and a list of participants in the Workshop on International Environmental Organization: The Science and Technology Dimensions, held in June 1990 at Rockefeller University that initiated this report. (Contains 29 references.) (MCO)

Descriptors: Decision Making, Environment, Environmental Research, Global Approach, Government Role, International Communication, International Cooperation, Models, Research, Science and Society, Sciences, Tables (Data)

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