Another of the essays, "The Struggle to Govern the Commons," won the 2005 Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America. It was written by Thomas Dietz, director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State University; Elinor Ostrom, co-director of the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change at Indiana University; and Paul C. Stern at the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Education at the U.S. National Academies in Washington, D.C.
"The big question in the end is not whether science can help. Plainly it could," writes Kennedy, who served earlier as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and president of Stanford University in California. "Rather, it is whether scientific evidence can successfully overcome social, economic and political resistance."
In addition to Kennedy, several other editors at Science played a central role in assembling the book: Brooks Hanson, deputy editor for physical sciences; Andrew Sugden, international managing editor, Science International; Caroline Ash, senior editor, Science International; Jesse Smith, senior editor; and Colin Norman, news editor.
A new volume of "Science Magazine's State of the Planet" is planned for 2007-2008.
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