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Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 1, NUMBER 3, SEPTEMBER 1988
Special Section--"Global Warming and Reforestation," Earth
Island Journal, 3(3), Sep. 1988. (Earth Island Inst., 300 Broadway,
S.-28, San Francisco CA 94133).
"The Climes They Are A-Changin'," N. Brown (UNEP, Rm. DC2-0803, UN
Bldg., New York, N.Y.), p. 26.
A UNEP/WMO- sponsored conference held in Canada on June 27-30 calls for
international action to reduce by 20% global oil consumption, coal and fossil
fuels by the year 2005; creation of a world atmosphere fund tax on the fossil
fuel economies of the industrialized nations; increased use of energy-efficient
fuels and technologies; alternative strategies for Third World development; and
vigorous efforts to reduce acid rain pollution. Article also calls for
strengthening the recent ozone treaty to halt all CFC production completely by
the year 2000, rather than the 50% cut now set.
"Mobilizing for Reforestation," S. Postel (Worldwatch Inst., 1776
Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036), L. Heise, p. 27.
Because tree planting has unmatched potential for stabilizing simultaneously
the carbon cycle, land and water resources, rural energy supplies and people's
livelihoods, it is top priority for economic and social development.
"Tropical Forests: A Plan for Action," N. Hildyard, p. 28.
Suggests existing World Resources Institute 's Tropical Forest Action Plan
is critically flawed in both analysis of the problem and proposed strategy for
combatting reforestation. Calls for the UN to provide a forum to secure
international agreement to save world forests in time to avert disaster. Copies
of "Tropical Forests: A Plan for Action" are available from The
Ecologist, Warthyvale Manor, Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9TT, UK.
"A Green World Instead of a Greenhouse," J.A. Duke (Germplasm
Resour. Lab., U.S. Dept. Agric., Beltsville, Md.), 29-31.
Slowing global warming requires decisive action in conservation and
reforestation. Conservation alone could slow down the U.S. contribution to the
greenhouse effect by 50%. Reviews plant species such as oil palm and nypa palm
that, if used as fuel, could help offset global warming from fossil fuel
"Restoring America--the Post Greenhouse Challenge," R. Register,
Argues that the greenhouse effect will force America to rebuild its cities
with appropriate technology, and work with other nations.
"Earth's Vital Signs," L.R. Brown (Worldwatch Inst., 1776
Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036), C. Flavin, E.C. Wolf, The
Futurist, XXII(4), 13-20, July/Aug. 1988.
Deforestation, destruction of the ozone layer, pollution of the atmosphere,
overpopulation, and the rate of plant and animal extinction point to trouble
ahead. Suggests global security should be defined not only in military terms but
in terms of sustainable development.
"Perspectives on Greenhouse Issues," EPRI Journal, 13(4),
"Coping with Climate Change" (editorial), G.M. Hidy (EPRI, POB
10412, Palo Alto CA 94303), p. 1.
EPRI's Environment Division vice-president discusses three key areas in
climate research EPRI has chosen to pursue: biological interactions involving
ocean and plant photosynthesis; the effect of nitrous oxide emissions as a
greenhouse gas; the logistic and economic analysis of planning for electricity
needs should warming occur.
"The Politics of Climate," M. Shepard, 4-15.
Discusses varied aspects of climate change including emissions and effects,
the multitude of sources, national winners and losers, energy use and climate
change, how EPRI is resolving N2O uncertainty, emerging greenhouse policies, who
should lead, and what's at stake for utilities.
"The Greenhouse Revolution: Climates Are Changing--and So Will
Coastlines as Sea Levels Rise," R. Wolkomir, Oceans, 21(4),
17-20 ff., Apr. 1988.
Complicated feedback between the ocean-atmosphere system makes up climate.
Oceans are the chief unknown factor and a critical key in the computer models
that climatologists use to predict the future.
"Science Observer--Global Change," W. Hively, American
Scientist, 76(2), 127-130, Mar./Apr. 1988.
Describes the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, a plan to mobilize
the world scientific community for a long-term study of global change. The scope
of proposed research extends from the interior of the earth to the interior of
the sun. The scientific problems demand that everything be simultaneously
observed, and better funding is necessary.
"Rising Seas May Drown Wetlands," B.E. Goldstein (Worldwatch
Inst., 1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036), World Watch,
1(2), 40-41, Mar./Apr. 1988.
Results of National Academy of Sciences report show sea-level rise will
accelerate rapid loss of coastal wetlands. Nations may come full circle and
consider engineering new wetlands to regain their benefits.
"Agriculture and the Greenhouse Effect," W.D. Kemper, Agricultural
Res., 3, 6-9, Mar. 1988.
Discusses effect of CO2 buildup on crop growth and yield.
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