U.S. National Academy panel reviews climate change science



Could the administration of George W. Bush, which has rejected the Kyoto Protocol to reduce worldwide emissions of greenhouse gases—and which has reneged on a campaign pledge to regulate U.S. carbon dioxide emissions—sincerely be seeking the facts about climate change in time for the resumption of international negotiations on the issue in July?

That is the hope of an 11-member committee of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that is working on an incredibly fast-tracked report “The Science of Climate Change,” at the request of the administration. The project largely will review and synthesize findings from a number of earlier studies.