Indonesia Opens the Door for Global Climate Studies

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Science  05 Dec 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5344, pp. 1703
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5344.1703

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The forest fires that raged out of control in Sumatra and Kalimantan for several months this year have left at least one promising scientific development in their acrid wake. Reacting to international criticism that his country has been slow to take action against the fires and other environmental problems, Indonesia's longtime leader, President Suharto, last month invited the world's scientific community to conduct research on global climate variability in Indonesia. He also pledged financial support for international efforts in climate prediction and mitigation, including a fledgling U.S.-based effort at Columbia University.