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FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 5, MAY 1989

NEWS...
IPCC ACTIVITIES


Item #d89may1

Speaking before a recent Congressional hearing, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, Mostafa Tolba, said a world conference on climate planned for Geneva may be delayed into fall or winter of 1990. As reported by Intl. Environ. Rptr. (p. 109, Mar. 1989), this change would give the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sufficient time to complete and present its findings then. Early this year the three working groups of the IPCC began to develop recommendations for international policies in response to possible greenhouse-induced climate change. (See Global Climate Change Digest, NEWS, Mar. 1989)

A major event for IPCC Working Group I (on scientific assessment) is a workshop being held this month in Amherst, Massachusetts, under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Energy. International experts on climate data and modeling will present and evaluate the status of observed and reconstructed data sets and model simulations of climate. These will be critically compared to determine whether climate has changed and whether any changes are related to greenhouse gases. For information on the workshop contact Michael Schlesinger, Dept. Atmos. Sci., Oregon State Univ., Corvallis OR 97331 (503-754-4557).

More details on Working Group activities and a calendar of related international meetings is included in the 34-page April 1989 issue of IPCC News. Also included are reports from three recent meetings: Regional Climate Scenarios, held at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria) in February; Meeting of Legal and Policy Experts on the Protection of the Atmosphere, held in Ottawa in February (see Global Climate Change Digest, NEWS, Apr. 1989); and a March meeting of the OECD Group on Energy and Environment. Extensive directories are given for contacts involved with the IPCC in government agencies and non-governmental organizations in the United States. Request IPCC News from the NOAA National Climate Program Office (Attn: Mason Charak), 11400 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20852 (301-443-8981).

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