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Congress Takes First Step Toward One-Stop Shopping for Climate

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Science  12 Jun 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5933, pp. 1372
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1372

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Congress is moving quickly to lay a framework for a new federal body that would generate scientifically credible predictions about the impact of global warming, for use by everyone from city planners to state wildlife managers. The entity, dubbed the National Climate Service, would be managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and draw on research from many federal agencies. But building such a service, which proponents say would do for climate what the National Weather Service does for weather predictions, won't be cheap or easy.