"President Clinton's Earth Day announcement on April 21, 1993 stated that 'We must take the lead in addressing the challenge of global warming.' In October 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore announced the release of the U.S. Climate Change Action Plan to demonstrate U.S. commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to their 1990 levels by the year 2000. During 1993, President Clinton also signed the Convention on Biological Diversity, and his administration is actively working on negotiations of international agreements on desertification and forestry. The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), along with other programs within the newly formed Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Research (CENR), provides the research and information needs underpinning efforts to move toward a sustainable and environmentally sound future. The USGCRP was formalized through the Global Change Research Act, which was adopted by the U.S. Congress in 1990, establishing a research program 'aimed at understanding and responding to global change, including the cumulative effects of human activities and natural processes on the environment, [and] to promote discussions toward international protocols in global change research ... ' To meet these needs, the Clinton Administration is recommending a focused Global Change Research Program budget of $1.8 billion for FY 1995. These funds will support a wide range of policy-relevant research programs by the United States, providing a major contribution to worldwide global change research efforts."
U.S. Global Change Research Program Resource Library: http://www.library.globalchange.gov/