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Passed Senate amended (11/20/1989)

Global Climate Change Prevention Act of 1989 - Title I: Agriculture and Global Climate Change - Subtitle A: Office of Climate Change - Establishes in the Department of Agriculture the Office of Climate Change to coordinate policy, planning, research, and response strategies relating to climate change issues.

Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study of the implications of global climate change for agriculture and forestry.

Subtitle B: Research on Global Warming, Forests, and Agriculture - Domestic Research on Global Warming, Forests, and Agriculture Act of 1989 - Directs the Secretary to conduct studies on: (1) the effects of global warming on rice production; (2) the effects of global warming on major U.S. crops; (3) methane emissions from irrigated rice production; (4) emissions from nitrogen intensive crops; and (5) forest emissions.

Establishes in the Department of Agriculture the Methane Emissions Evaluation, Use, and Control Program and a related technical advisory committee.

Title II: Forestry and Global Climate Change - Subtitle A: International Forestry Cooperation - International Forestry Cooperation Act of 1989 - Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) undertake international forestry activities; (2) undertake tropical reforestation and conservation activities; and (3) expand the capabilities and facilities of the Caribbean National Forest and Institute of Tropical Forestry in Puerto Rico.

Prohibits the Secretary from undertaking international forestry activities in Agency for International Development assisted countries without such Agency's request or concurrence.

Subtitle B: Forestry Planning and Global Warming - Amends the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 to consider the effects of climate change in developing plans for units of the National Forest System.

Subtitle C: Urban Forestry - Directs the Secretary to carry out an urban forestry energy conservation education and accelerated planting program.

Subtitle D: Biomass Energy Demonstration Projects - Authorizes the Secretary to carry out projects that demonstrate the potential of short-rotation forestry methods to produce wood for electricity production and industrial energy needs.

Subtitle E: Forestry Research and Global Warming - Amends the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Research Act of 1978 to include the effects of weather, climate, and air pollution on forests and rangelands among the areas of research under such Act.

Subtitle F: Conservation Reserve Program - Directs the Secretary to take necessary measures to achieve the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) tree planting goal, including: (1) assistance for conversion of grass acreage to trees; (2) contract extensions; and (3) assistance for, and inclusion of, shelterbelts, windbreaks, and wildlife corridors in the CRP.

Authorizes the Secretary to permit land that has been cropped in two of the years between 1981 and 1988 to enroll in the CRP if such land is planted to trees.

Subtitle G: Interagency Cooperation on Forestry and Climate Change - Directs the Secretary to enter into an agreement with the Secretary of Defense to manage Department of Defense forests and lands.