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Press Release 09-167

NSF Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education Releases New Report

"Transitions and Tipping Points in Complex Environmental Systems" notes challenges and opportunities in responding to Earth's rapidly changing environment

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Image of the NSF AC-ERE's new report that considers environmental transitions and tipping points.

The NSF AC-ERE's new report considers environmental transitions and tipping points.

Credit: National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education


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Photo of barrier beach, Springhill Beach, in Massachusetts.

Barrier beaches like Springhill Beach in Massachusetts are now affected by sea-level rise.

Credit: P. Hoagland, WHOI


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Photo of an aerial view of land, buildings and roads.

Urban ecology in cities across the U.S. and around the world is changing quickly.

Credit: Ramon Arrowsmith, Arizona State University


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Photo of a house burning on Galveston Island, Texas, as Hurricane Ike hits the Gulf Coast in 2008.

A house burns on Galveston Island, Texas, as Hurricane Ike hits the Gulf Coast in 2008.

Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security


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Photo of people exploring a forest burn site.

A forest burn site shows another way in which landscapes are changing.

Credit: Michelle Kelleher, National Science Foundation


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Photo of students identifying parkland birds in Florida.

To increase environmental literacy, students identify parkland birds in Florida.

Credit: Claudia Zan, Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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