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Safety Regulations for High-Hazard Industries

A new National Academies report looks at designing safety regulations for high-hazard industries, such as pipeline transportation, chemical manufacturing, and offshore oil and gas development.

Extreme Events and Climate Change

The deadly wildfires in northern California are the latest of several recent extreme events – including the hurricanes in the Atlantic and other wildfires in the west – that have killed dozens of people and caused billions of dollars in damages. It’s widely thought that climate change is increasing the prevalence or intensity of hurricanes, the heat waves and drought that can contribute to wildfires, and other extreme weather events.

A recent National Academies report examines the current scientific understanding and capabilities for attribution of extreme events to climate change. And a just-released proceedings of a workshop discusses how a century of research can contribute to improving wildland fire management in light of changing conditions in climate, hydrology, geology, and ecology.

Site Highlights
  • New VideoIn a recent interview, former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate discussed how communities can better prepare for hurricanes and other disastrous events.

  • Extreme EventUse award-winning game Extreme Event to start a conversation about building community resilience. Now in three scenarios: Hurricane, Flood, and Earthquake!

  • NRC Staff WWI group During the centennial year of U.S. entry into World War I, the National Academies are holding a competition for young scholars to research and write a paper on a major aspect of how scientists and engineers in the U.S. were engaged in war effort.

  • New Video on Food AllergiesFood allergy is a complicated disease, and the science around prevention and management is changing. What are some promising approaches for improving the lives of people with food allergy? Watch this video to find out.

  • FRTRScientific research is vital and can bring remarkable results that save and improve lives. A new NAS series of articles and videos shows concrete examples of why scientific research is valuable.

  • The Science of Science Communication IIA series of NAS colloquia explore research that can improve the effective communication of science to lay audiences. The third colloquium will be held Nov. 16 and 17 in Washington, D.C. Read the summary of the second colloquium.

  • IF16.1 cropRead about recent activities and reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the latest issue of In Focus magazine.

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows LogoEight health professionals have been selected for the 2016-2017 class of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows at the National Academy of Medicine.

  • End of Life CareA new podcast series based on Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life is now available for free download on ReachMD, iHeartRadio, Tunein, iTunes, and Stitcher.  

  • International Activities and the National Academy of SciencesLearn about our various international efforts to help address global challenges.

  • astrophysicist Neil deGrasse TysonCheck out Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who met executive producer Seth MacFarlane through the National Academy of Sciences' Science & Entertainment Exchange.

  • cybersecurityWatch a video about an Academies report that looked at whether and how to professionalize the nation's rapidly evolving cybersecurity field.

  • Climatologist Richard AlleyClimatologist Richard Alley, an NAS member and professor of geosciences at Penn State, discussed on CNN what is causing the record-low temperatures in the United States and Canada.

  • report Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating SurprisesWatch a video on the findings of the Academies report Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises.

  • Cultural ProgramsExplore relationships among the arts and sciences, engineering, and medicine through the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • FellowshipsWe offer several fellowship opportunities in science, engineering, and medicine. Visit our program websites for information on eligibility guidelines and application deadlines.

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