Friday, August 22, 2008

Why US must invest against climate change

New Scientist: Eight scientific organisations have urged the next US president to help protect the country from climate change by pushing for increased funding for research and forecasting. The organisations say about $2 trillion of US economic output could be hurt by storms, floods and droughts. "We don't think we have the right kind of tools to help decision makers plan for the future," said Jack Fellows, the vice president for corporate affairs of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a consortium of 71 universities.

The groups, including the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society, urged Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican rival John McCain to support $9 billion in investments between 2010 and 2014 to help protect the country from extreme weather, which would nearly double the current US budget for the area. The UN's science panel says extreme weather events could hit more often as temperatures rise due to climate change.

…The investments would pay for satellite and ground-based instruments that observe the Earth's climate and for computers to help make weather predictions more accurate….

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