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The US government has released the final form of its much-criticised plan for guiding its research into climate change.

Many climate scientists say that it is an improvement on earlier drafts, but that it still lacks the budget and mechanisms to ensure that its results influence policy-making.

Earlier versions of the plan were criticised for ignoring studies showing that climate change could damage the US economy and environment, and for lacking a consistent framework to guide research.

Link to Nature news story

Link to Strategic Plan for the Climate Change Science Program

Link to Science news story New Climate Science Plan Garners Split Opinions

Reference: Nature 424, 475 (2003)

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