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NRC Reports Strongly Advocate Action on Global Warming

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Science  28 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5982, pp. 1085
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5982.1085

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The three reports released last week by the National Academies' National Research Council (NRC) had a familiar theme—the human-induced warming of the planet—but the tone, especially as presented to the public, was less familiar. The 2-year effort involving 90 scientists "emphasizes why the United States should act now," Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences, said at a public briefing. The reports also have a few words about how the nation should act, which might influence a lively debate on a proposed Senate climate bill.