EDUCATION: Greening the Future

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Science  09 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5510, pp. 1865c
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5510.1865c

Putting a microchip label on a box of fettuccini may seem a far less obvious way to help the environment than, say, planting a tree. But imagine if the label told a warehouse that the fettuccini is on the shelf, your microwave how to cook it, and a recycling plant how to reuse its packaging. The result might be less waste and harm to the environment.

That's just one of the eco-friendly innovations explored by Our Future—Our Environment, a new government-commissioned Web report from the RAND Science and Technology Policy Institute. The report considers how environmental policy may be shaped in the next 2 decades by everything from genomics and consumer choice, to deciding whether to mine the huge supply of methane locked within permafrost and deep oceans. Sprinkled throughout are video interviews with experts and loads of related links. David Rejeski, editor and scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, says the growing site is meant to convey these ideas beyond “scientists and policy wonks” to “a much wider audience.”

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