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The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) comprises representatives from 13 federal departments and agencies of the United States that conduct research and support the nation’s response to global change. It is overseen by the Subcommittee on Global Change Research of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Environment, which in turn is overseen by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Agencies working within USGCRP are the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, and U.S. Agency for International Development.↩
Methane has an intermediate atmospheric lifetime (estimated between 8 and 13 years) and thus is sometimes categorized as short-lived, though the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classify methane as long-lived. Its actual lifetime depends on atmospheric chemistry and other conditions.↩
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