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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999

FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 11, NOVEMBER 1989

NEWS...
FRAMEWORK CONVENTION DEBATED


Item #d89nov2

At an early October 1989 meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Geneva, representatives of 43 nations voiced a range of possible elements for an agreement on steps to reduce possible global warming. Most supported the early development of a new framework convention, fashioned after the existing Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. There was less agreement on additional elements; suggestions included additional emphasis on research and technology transfer and aid to developing countries (U.S., P.R.C., Brazil, U.K.); specific incentives for developing countries (India); immediate or parallel development of specific, binding protocols, with a timetable for implementation (Switzerland, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands). A report of the meeting is included in the October issue of U.S. IPCC News (Mason Charak, NCPO/NOAA, 11400 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20852; 301-443-8981). It also covers other IPCC developments, and reports on the first meeting of the special IPCC Committee on Participation of Developing Countries, which has requested developing countries to identify their specific needs for assistance. Dennis Tirpak reports on the September Conference on Global Environment and Human Response Toward Sustainable Development in Tokyo, organized by the government of Japan and the United Nations Environment Program, at which Japan's Prime Minister T. Kaifu announced that Japan would take the initiative to develop new energy technologies to counter the global warming trend. (See also next news item.) Further discussion on the IPCC meeting is in Greenhouse Effect Report (pp. 83-84, Oct. 1989) and Chem. Eng. News (pp. 15-16, Oct. 2).

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