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At an October 1997 meeting held in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the Executive Summary of its first report on the potential regional impacts of global warming. This report provides a review of potential impacts throughout the world to ecological systems, socioeconomic sectors, and human health; it also presents options for adaptation. The full 600-page Special Report on the Regional Impacts of Climate Change: An Assessment of Vulnerability, to be published in December 1997 by Cambridge University Press, was prepared, using the Second Assessment Report and more recent peer-reviewed literature, as background for the Conference of Parties in Kyoto. (See Science, p. 217, Oct. 10, 1997; The New York Times, p. C1, Sep. 30. The summary is available at

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