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Publication date: Aug. 24, 2007

FEDERAL JUDGE RULES WHITE HOUSE MUST RELEASE GLOBAL WARMING IMPACTS ASSESSMENT

U.S. District Judge Saundra Armstrong ruled August 21, 2007, that the Bush administration was required by law to compile and publish a new version of what is commonly called the "National Assessment" of climate change impacts on the U.S.

A previous version of the National Assessment, finally published after years of work during the Clinton administration in 2000, was suppressed by the incoming Bush administration partly at the urging of groups opposing regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Treaty.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth sued the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and John Marburger III (director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) on Nov. 14, 2006, in the federal district court for the Northern District of California. The Global Change Research Act of 1990 requires the National Assessment to be done every four years.


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