National Academy of Sciences' Review of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program: Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, May 7, 2003, Volume 4

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Page 37 - Convention, stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.
Page 1 - ... Greenhouse gases are accumulating in Earth's atmosphere as a result of human activities, causing surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures to rise. Temperatures are, in fact, rising. The changes observed over the last several decades are likely mostly due to human activities, but we cannot rule out that some significant part of these changes is also a reflection of natural variability.
Page 36 - Committee, shall prepare and submit to the President and the Congress an assessment which — 1. integrates, evaluates, and interprets the findings of the Program and discusses the scientific uncertainties associated with such findings; 2. analyzes the effects of global change on the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems, and biological diversity; and 3. analyzes current trends in global...
Page 23 - The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
Page 25 - ... community input in revising the strategic plan. In fact, the approaches taken by the CCSP to receive and respond to comments from a large and broad group of scientists and stakeholders, including a two-stage independent review of the plan, set a high standard for government research programs. As a result, the revised strategic plan is much improved over its November 2002 draft, and now includes the elements of a strategic management framework that could permit it to effectively guide research...
Page 12 - The National Research Council is the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, chartered by Congress in 1863 to advise the government on matters of science and technology.
Page 16 - US National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, and an author in the IPCC Special Report on Land-Use Change and Forestry, and the Global Biodiversity Assessment Dr.
Page 4 - Summary ecent scientific evidence shows that major and widespread climate changes have occurred with startling speed. For example, roughly half the north Atlantic warming since the last ice age was achieved in only a decade, and it was accompanied by significant climatic changes across most of the globe.
Page 16 - ... financing has become an area of major controversy before the Ways and Means Committee. As a member of the committee, I am anxious to get back to participate in the debate. Accordingly, I will make my remarks brief. Chairman MOORHEAD. We are interested to hear that that is controversial. Mr. ROSTENKOWSKI. Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity to testify before your subcommittee.
Page 4 - Thus, greenhouse warming and other human alterations of the earth system may increase the possibility of large, abrupt, and unwelcome regional or global climatic events.

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