Scientists from the United States and the Soviet Union are talking to each other about the greenhouse effect, linked by personal computers in a yearlong dialogue on the human causes of global warming. The scientists are acting as individuals, not representatives of their governments.
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colo., and the Soviet Academy of Sciences organized the information exchange, and money for computers was donated by the Rockefeller Foundation. The electronic link has been in use for 2 months, according to Walter Orr Roberts, cochairman of the U.S. contingent and former head of UCAR, and was formally inaugurated May 11, 1988. Roald Sagdeev, director of the Space Research Institute in Moscow, was in Washington, D.C., for the ceremony, while Roberts participated from Moscow, where he was attending a 2-day workshop on global warming.