New plan responds to global change



The National Global Change Research Act of 1988 (S. 2614) was introduced in the Senate July 7 by Ernest F. Hollings (D-S.C), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The act calls “for a national plan to improve scientific understanding of the Earth system and the effect of changes in that system on climate and human well-being.”

Hollings said the current U.S. drought , rising sea level, and depletion of the atmosphere's ozone layer are warning signals of global change. “Providing the information needed to develop responsible global change policies is widely considered one of the greatest challenges ever to face the scientific community.”