Committee issues report on Bush Administration's Climate Science Plan


  • Randy Showstack


The Bush administration's draft strategic plan for the federal government's Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) represents a good start, but it requires substantial improvements to the science, and to the program management, according to a review issued by the U.S. National Research Council on 26 February.

CCSP Director James Mahoney promised an improved final plan—likely in April—which incorporates many of the concerns raised by the NRC and by others who have commented on it. The draft, released on 11 November 2002, is a first attempt to chart a course for the CCSP That program incorporates the decade-long, Congressionally-mandated U.S. Global Change Research Program, and the administration's Climate Change Research Initiative.