On September 30, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released the U.S. National Global Change Research Plan 2012-2021, a draft 10-year plan for research intended to help the public sector assess and respond to potential risks brought on by climate change. The report is charged with providing the scientific basis for policy decisions on adaptation and mitigation, formulating a sustainable assessment capacity for studying climate change, and broadening the public’s understanding of the issue. The 13 member agencies, and partners from industry, state and local governments, and academia, outlined the intended studies and explained how that research may help to mitigate more severe heat waves, storms, floods, fires, crop failures, and water shortages. There is a public comment period until Nov. 29.