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The composition of international scientific assessments influences their credibility. This study shows that membership nomination in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was driven by a group of core individuals based on prior institutional co-membership.
Duncan Watts considers whether many branches of social science could benefit from setting research goals aimed at specific and manageable real-world problems. He gives examples and discusses how more solution-oriented social science might work.
The US National Labs will continue to play a crucial role in developing energy science and technology, yet their operation is not without its problems. Anadon et al. discuss the challenges faced by the Labs and propose changes that can help them to better meet their goals.
Indigenous knowledge and experience have historically been under-represented in the IPCC's
reports. New guidelines, policies and more nuanced content are needed to develop culturally relevant and appropriate adaptation policies.
The IPCC summaries written for policymakers are meant to communicate findings to a wide audience. Textual analysis shows that these reports continue to have low readability, in contrast with media coverage.