New U.S. global change research institute opens



Gerald Stokes, director of the new Joint Global Change Research Institute based at the University of Maryland, called it an “auspicious time” to start a new institute to focus on global climate change issues.

Stokes, speaking at a March 12 event to formally open the institute, cited three recent reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the upcoming continuation on global negotiations concerning greenhouse gases, and the ongoing debate about the issue.