Taking Global Warming to The People

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Science  05 Mar 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5407, pp. 1440-1441
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5407.1440

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Climate models have long suggested that global warming could bring shifts in vegetation and storm patterns. Now, researchers are focusing on the human dimension of those changes. They have launched dozens of projects to assess how various segments of society--farmers, forestry managers, and politicians, for example--are bracing for future climate events. And even as negotiations drag on over implementing the climate change treaty signed in December 1997, scientists are stepping up efforts to help communities devise ways to cope with, and even benefit from, global warming.