US answer to climate change is more research

Hecht, Jeff
August 2003
New Scientist;8/2/2003, Vol. 179 Issue 2406, p6
The U.S. government has finalised its strategy for dealing with climate change, positing a number of key questions that must be answered for the nation to adequately tackle global warming. But critics have criticised the strategy, saying the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases must take remedial action straight away. But environmentalists and many climate researchers say the scientific understanding of climate change is detailed enough already. So far the U.S. government has not set aside fixed budgets to pay for the research, although it released a draft of the strategy report in November 2002. The panel also said the draft ignored research on how consumption patterns and social factors affect climate change.


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