Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Administration pro-active on global change


  • Susan Bush


Some drastic climate events during the past year alone (March blizzard, mid-western flooding, intensifying El Niño) have raised even more concern lately about the effects of global environmental change, which may in part be caused by an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. “We could see changes in climate greater than any we've seen in the past 10,000 years,“ said Katie McGinty, director of the White House Office of Environmental Policy.

Addressing the attendees of a meeting entitled “Global Change: A New Direction for Decision Making,” held October 27–28 in Washington, D.C., where representatives of some federal science agencies, among others, presented their views on global environmental change policy and scientific issues, McGinty noted that the Clinton Administration is bringing a new direction to global change policy.