Thursday, May 20, 2010

National Research Council Issues Three Reports Emphasizing Why the U.S. Should Act Now to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Hat Tip to Jim at Technozoic, an excellent blog that reports on climate science; see also "U.S. Science Body Urges Action on Climate" (NYT, 5-19-10).

The National Academies (5-19-10) reports:

As part of its most comprehensive study of climate change to date, the National Research Council today issued three reports [here] emphasizing why the U.S. should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a national strategy to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change. The reports by the Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, are part of a congressionally requested suite of five studies known as America's Climate Choices.

"These reports show that the state of climate change science is strong," said Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences. "But the nation also needs the scientific community to expand upon its understanding of why climate change is happening, and focus also on when and where the most severe impacts will occur and what we can do to respond." [See the full press release.]


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