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U.S. rolls out 10-year climate study

May 1, 2012 at 7:52 AM
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WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- A 10-year research plan outlined by the White House will focus on how human economic activity influences climate change, the administration said.

The White House said it formalized a 10-year strategic plan for the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The plan will focus on the relationship between human economic activity and global climate change.

"Human actions are altering the atmosphere, the land and our oceans, placing new pressures on the Earth's ecosystems and threatening the health and economic welfare of our Nation and the world," Tom Armstrong, executive director of the USGCRP, said in a statement.

The plan would give U.S. officials the scientific information needed to mitigate against potential climate change through sustained assessments.

"High-quality and well-coordinated research is essential if we are to better understand and predict future changes, develop strategies to minimize our vulnerabilities, and adapt to changes that can't be avoided," said Armstrong.

The USGCRP was formed through the Global Change Research Act of 1990.

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