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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 6, JUNE 1989
BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
GENERAL AND POLICY
Ozone Depletion, Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change, 136 pp.,
1989, $20 (within N. America). By the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate
and Committee on Global Change, National Research Council. Order from Nat. Acad.
Press, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington DC 20418. Quantity discounts
Ten separate contributions from leading scientists examine the link between
stratospheric ozone levels and greenhouse gases, including chlorofluorocarbons,
methane, nitrous oxide, stratospheric carbon dioxide and stratospheric water
vapor. Presents latest findings from field expeditions, satellite data and
laboratory experiments, and considers implications of results for the future
condition of the atmosphere.
The Challenge of Global Warming, D.E. Abrahamson, Ed., approx.
350 pp., 1989, $34.95 (cloth), $19.95 (paper) plus shipping. Published by Island
Press* in conjunction with Natural Resources Defense Council.
A comprehensive, nontechnical synthesis of policy analysis and scientific
studies on the causes and implications of, and responses to, the greenhouse
effect, with contributions from both scientists and policy makers. Includes
references and sources of further information.
Global Ecology--Towards a Science of the Biosphere, M. B.
Rambler, L. Margulis, R. Fester, Eds., approx. 200 pp., April 1989, tentative
price $24.95/£18.50. Academic Press*.
A first interdisciplinary college text on global ecology that places
biogeochemical cycles within a planetary perspective, and ties satellite
technology and applications to the earth sciences. A glossary enables those
trained in geology, astronomy and chemistry to understand the ecological topics
Changing the Global Environment--Perspectives on Human Involvement,
D.B. Botkin, M.F. Caswell et al., Eds., approx. 500 pp., Feb. 1989, tentative
price $49.50/£31.00. Academic Press*.
Emphasizes the newly emerging biospheric perspective on the environment, and
technologies that are improving understanding of the state, nature and dynamics
of the biosphere. Considers the ecological problems we face and the solutions
suggested by techniques such as remote sensing and worldwide computer-based data
Atmospheric Ozone Research and its Policy Implications, T.
Schneider (Nat. Inst. Pub. Health & Environ. Protec., Neth.), S.D. Lee et
al., Eds., 1048 pp., 1989, $208/Dfl. 395. Elsevier*.
Proceedings of the Third U.S.-Dutch International Symposium, Nijmegen, The
Netherlands, May 1988. Papers cover current research on emissions, transport and
transformation and ozone distribution, including stratospheric ozone. Research
in the United States and Europe and policies for preventing ozone depletion are
Natural Resources for the 21st Century, C. Little, A. Backiel et
al., due 1989, approx. $27. Island Press* in conjunction with American Forestry
Assoc. (POB 2000, Washington DC 20013; 202-667-3300).
The authors summarize a conference of educators, scientists, administrators
and policy makers held in November 1988 to evaluate environmental priorities and
Saving the Tropical Forests, J. Gradwohl, R. Greenberg, 207 pp.,
1988, $24.95 (cloth). Published by Smithsonian Institution through Island
According to the publisher, the book is a unique treatment of the topic in
offering extensive and specific solutions, in the form of 38 case studies
examining success at the local level. Presents new information and strategies
for forest reserves, sustainable agriculture, natural forest management and
tropical forest restoration. Aimed at conservationists, biologists and policy
International Environmental Diplomacy, J.E. Carroll, Ed., 291
pp., 1988, $54.50. Cambridge University Press, 32 E. 57th St., New York NY
Covers the framework of international environmental diplomacy as it exists
in industrialized countries, legal and diplomatic resolutions, the challenge of
marine pollution to the international oceanic commons, and trade-offs of
alternative resolutions of problems.
Tropospheric Ozone--Regional and Global Scale Interactions,
I.S.A. Isaksen, Ed., 456 pp., 1988, $99. NATO Advanced Sci. Inst. Series C: No.
The proceedings of a June 1987 NATO Advanced Workshop held at Lillehammer,
Norway. Papers emphasize the exchange of ozone with its precursors (NOx and HC
species) between polluted and less polluted regions, and give evidence that
tropospheric ozone levels are rising globally, which will lead to effects on
climate and vegetation. Recommends work needed on atmospheric transport,
tropospheric NOx and regional and background ozone.
Climate Change: The New Zealand Response, 1988, US$15. New
Zealand Ministry of Environment (Pub. Off., POB 10 362, Wellington, N.Z.)
Proceedings of a March 1988 conference, and part of New Zealand's climate
change program which will conclude with final reports in mid-1990. (See article
in Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 537, Oct. 1988.)
Greenhouse, G.I. Pearman, Ed., 752 pp., 1988. Commonwealth
Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Div. Atmos. Res.,
Private Bag 1, Mordialloc, Victoria 3195, Aus.
A collection of reviewed and edited papers from a November 1987 conference
held in Melbourne, providing a southern perspective on the problem and focusing
on the likely impacts of the greenhouse effect. Reviews scientific background
and discusses effects of rising sea levels and impacts on water resources, the
natural environment, agriculture and society. (See review in New Sci.,
p. 69, Sep. 29, 1988.)
Weather, Climate and Human Affairs: A Book of Essays and Other Papers,
H.H. Lamb, 364 pp., 1988, $99/£60. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 29 West 35th
St., New York NY 10001.
A collection of 18 essays, some new and some originally published over the
past 15 years but updated, directed at a broad audience of scientists,
environmentalists and political and social planners who must address possible
future climate change, whether natural or otherwise. The author is cautious in
accepting evidence for greenhouse warming, and makes it clear that humans have
always lived with and adapted to climate change. (See review in Nature,
p. 128, Jan. 12, 1989.)
The Little Ice Age, J.M. Grove, 498 pp., 1988, $144/£85.
Methuen, Inc., 29 W. 35th St., New York NY 10001.
A detailed and scholarly treatment of the period of cooler climate between
the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, which also reviews the climate of the
Holocene (the past 10,000 years). Discusses the uniqueness of the Little Ice Age
and its possible causes, documenting natural climatic variations against which
the possibility of human influences must be evaluated. (See also reviews in Nature,
p. 23, Sep. 1, 1988; Meteor. Mag., p. 353, vol. 117, 1988.)
Stones in A Glass House: CFCs and Ozone Depletion, D.C. Cogan,
147 pp., 1988; Saving Our Skins: Technical Potential and Policies for the
Elimination of Ozone-Depleting Chlorine Compounds, A. Makhijani et al., 167
pp., 1988. Both are reviewed in Chem. Eng. News, pp. 59-60, Nov.
1988. (Listed as REPORTS in Global Climate Change Digest, Sep. 1988 and
Oct. 1988, respectively.)
The Methane Age, T.H. Lee, H.R. Linden et al., Eds., 1988.
Kluwer* (inquire for price).
Contains papers resulting from a study conducted by the International
Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), evaluating the role of natural
gas as a fuel for bridging the gap over the next 50 years between fossil fuels
and the possible future use of nuclear energy. (See related article in Options,
pp. 6-8, Mar. 1989, a quarterly available from IIASA, A-2361 Laxenburg,
The Changing Atmosphere--Dahlem PC 7, S. Bernhard, F. Rowland, I.
Isaksen, 281 pp., 1988, $89.95. John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Ave., New York
Discusses how the atmosphere has already changed, in terms of Antarctic
ozone, oxidizing capacity, trace substances and radiation balance. Emphasizes
possible changes that have occurred in the global distribution of trace gases
and aerosol particles as a result of human activities.
Our Drowning World--Population, Pollution and Future Weather, A.
Milne, 154 pp., 1988, £9.95. Prism Press, Dorset, England; Avery Pub.
Group, Garden City Park, New York.
Explains the author's contention that about two-thirds of the land surface
of the earth could disappear under water from melted ice caps. Discusses
overpopulation and associated thermal and chemical pollution, then focuses on
the greenhouse effect and results of rising sea levels.
The Earth's Fragile Ecosystems: Perspectives on Global Change, T.
Kristensen, J.P. Paludan, Eds., 103 pp., 1988. Westview Press, 5500 Central
Ave., Boulder CO 80301 (303-444-3541).
Published by the International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Study
(IFIAS) to promulgate findings of its member institutes and assess the
implications of their research. A collection of essays and commentaries
concentrates on how research in different disciplines affects global systemic
patterns. Topics include tropical forests, large-scale urbanization in
developing countries, greenhouse warming, the greening of the desert and
whatever happened to the energy crisis.
The Ages of Gaia--A Biography of Our Living Earth, J.
Lovelock, 252 pp., 1988, $16.95. W.W. Norton (500 Fifth Ave., New York NY 10110;
37 Great Russell St., London WC1B 3NU).
This is an update of Lovelock's controversial theory first sketched out in
his 1979 book, which holds that the earth and all its life is a single system
capable of regulating the temperature and composition of the earth surface.
Lovelock discusses the Gaian view of several contemporary problems: ozone
depletion, acid rain, increasing carbon dioxide, nuclear power and misguided
land use. See reviews in New Sci., p. 57, Apr. 1, 1989; World Watch
(Worldwatch Inst., 1776 Mass. Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036), pp. 43-44,
Recent Climatic Change, S. Gregory, Ed., 326 pp., 1988. Belhaven
Press, 25 Floral St., London WC2E 9DS, UK; £33.
Contains papers presented at a symposium of climatologists from a broad
range of disciplines, held at the University of Sheffield in August 1987, that
focused on the implications of climatic change for society. Aimed at a wide
professional audience (politicians, geographers, engineers and agricultural
scientists). Reviewed in New Sci., p. 83, June 30, 1988.
Global Climate Catastrophes, M.I. Budyko, G.S. Golitsyn,
Yu.A. Izrael, 110 pp., 1988, $29. Springer-Verlag New York, POB 2485, Secaucus
NJ 07094 (201-348-4033).
Reviews natural climatic change catastrophes, and critical epochs of
geological history. Presents and applies data not easily available outside the
Socialist countries to future climatic developments, especially with respect to
nuclear warfare. Discusses probable aftereffects of warfare from the Soviet
point of view, stressing the need to avoid all such conflict.
Changes in the Wind: Earth's Shifting Climate, M. Facklam, H.
Facklam, 128 pp., 1986, $14.95. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York.
A readable treatise on climate change suitable for junior high through adult
level. Reviewed in Clim. Change, p. 111, Aug. 1988.
Academic Press, 1250 Sixth Ave., San Diego CA 92101 (800-321-5068); 24-28
Oval Rd., London NW1 7DX, UK.
Elsevier Science Publishing, POB 882, Madison Sq. Sta., New York NY 10159
(North America); or Elsevier Applied Science Publishers, Crown House, Linton
Rd., Barking, Essex IG11 8JU, UK.
Island Press, Covelo CA 95428 (800-628-2828, ext. 416).
Kluwer Academic Publishers, 101 Philip Dr., Norwell MA 02061 (US/Can.);
elsewhere Kluwer Academic Pub. Group, POB 322, 3300 AH Dordrecht, Neth.
Guide to Publishers
Index of Abbreviations