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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

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IMPACTS


Item #d89nov17

Implications of Climatic Change for Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan, J. Vetsch, G. Wall, 1989. Request from G. Wall, Dept. Geog., Univ. Waterloo, Waterloo, Ont. N2L 3G1, Can.

Climate change scenarios suggest that the park is likely to experience a warmer, drier climate in the future. The proportion of grassland is likely to increase at the expense of boreal forest. Special park resources will be affected, including the forest-grassland ecotone, the area of fescue-grassland, American white pelicans, woodland caribou and bison; these changes will have implications for park zoning, interpretive themes and recreation. The implications of climate change for the national park system are substantial and need further research.


Item #d89nov18

Report of the International Networkshop on Climate-Related Impacts, 37 pp., 1989. Available from United Nations Environment Program (POB 30552, Nairobi, Kenya) or Environmental and Societal Impacts Group (Nat. Ctr. Atmos. Res., POB 3000, Boulder CO 80307).

Representatives of eleven nations met to discuss establishing networks of individuals, groups and institutions interested in climate-related impacts research, and the linking of such networks within an international framework. They concluded a strong need exists for networks, within and between different countries, and that the UNEP World Climate Impacts Program could serve as the focal point for the needed international support. Recommendations were made for individual national networks and national climate programs.


Item #d89nov19

The Greenhouse Effect: Recent Research and Some Implications for Water Resource Management (Working Paper #65), J.W. Jacobs, W.E. Riebsame, 63 pp., June 1989. Natural Hazards Research and Applications Info. Ctr. (Inst. Behavioral Sci., Univ. Colorado, Boulder CO 80309); $4.50 ($5.50 outside N. America).

Reviews literature on impacts of climate change on water resources, finding indications that even small changes could lead to serious problems in water supply, flood control and other planning concerns. Less evidence is available on elements such as water quality, user demand, and environmental systems dependent on water. Concludes that water resource managers must seriously consider the potential for future climate change, although the current evidence does not warrant drastic changes in planning and operation, nor is it time to start designing systems differently.

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