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FROM VOLUME 1, NUMBER 2, AUGUST 1988

NEWS...
U.S. DROUGHT DRAWS ATTENTION


Item #d88aug3

Widespread drought in much of the United States has drawn attention to the problem of greenhouse warming, intensified debate over whether a greenhouse warming is underway, and raised interest in climate change research:

"Scientist Says Greenhouse Warming is Here," R. Monastersky, Science News, July 2, 1988, p. 4. At a Senate panel hearing, James Hansen, Director of NASA's Goddard Institute, based his opinion on analyses of temperature records.

"Heated Response to US Drought--Greenhouse Effect Enters Political Arena," J. Palca, Nature, July 14, p. 92.

"Jumping the Greenhouse Gun," J. Maddox, Nature, July 7, p. 9. Recent attention given to the drought as the start of global warming, by the U.S. Congress and Canada's Climate Planning Board, is premature. But direct measurement of the earth's radiation balance should be funded, and governments should decide what to do when the greenhouse effect becomes noticeable.

"Worst Drought Since '36 Spurs Climate Research," Eos, July 12. Interviews scientists from NOAA and elsewhere, who are trying to determine if the drought indicates the start of global warming.

"The Weather in the Wake of El Niņo," R. Kerr, Science, May 13, p. 883. Discusses greenhouse warming in the context of warm conditions associated with the El Niņo-Southern Oscillation, which has now abated.

"Has the Greenhouse Taken Effect?" R. Monastersky, Science News, April 30, p. 282. Examines the difficulties of determining whether greenhouse warming is occurring, in an interview with Thomas Wigley of the University of East Anglia.

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