Report Urges 'timely' Climate Reporting

WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) — U.S. responses to future climate change will need reliable information and better communication between relevant agencies and groups, a report says.

The National Research Council report says a comprehensive national response will require accurate data monitoring and reporting systems to provide timely information for decision makers at all levels of government, a National Academies release said Thursday.

“Global climate change is a long-term challenge that will require all of us to make many decisions about how to respond,” Diana Liverman, co-director of the Institute of Environment at the University of Arizona, Tucson, said.

“To make choices that are based on the best available science, government agencies, the private sector and individuals need clear, accessible information about what is happening to the climate and to emissions.”

Leadership could come through executive orders, existing entities such as the Office of Science and Technology Policy or an expanded U.S. Global Climate Change Research Program, the report suggests.

The report, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was requested by the U.S. Congress as part of a series of studies on America’s Climate Choices, the National Academies release said.

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