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A report issued by the George C. Marshall Institute (Scientific Perspectives on the Greenhouse Problem; GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST, REPORTS/GENERAL AND POLICY, July 1989) is causing commotion in Washington and among respected scientists for having undue influence on Bush Administration policy. The report, which has not undergone scientific peer review, asserts that the observed 0.5° C warming trend of the past century was probably caused by increased solar activity and not by greenhouse gases. It also recommends that $100 million be committed to supercomputers for research capable of reducing uncertainty on the problem, and that policy decisions should be put on hold. An unofficial review by climatologist Steven Schneider, being circulated in Washington, is critical of the study and is helping to fuel the controversy. See "Global Warming: Blaming the Sun," L. Roberts, Science, pp. 992-993, Nov. 24, 1989. The controversial views of prominent meteorologist Richard Lindzen on global warming and his support of the Marshall report are covered in Science, pp. 1118-1119, Dec. 1. Copies of the report itself are available from the Institute at 11 Dupont Cir. NW, S. 506, Washington DC 20036 (202-328-5470).

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