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FROM VOLUME 3, NUMBER 8, AUGUST 1990
GENERAL INTEREST AND POLICY
A World of Difference: Report of the Task Force on Global Climate
Change, Nat. Governors' Assoc., 36 pp., June 1990. Available for $15
(prepaid) from NGA Pubs., 444 Capitol St., S. 250, Washington DC 20001
Over the past year the task force, consisting of the governors of 11 states,
held hearings and met with senior scientists and policymakers from several
nations and discussed the issue with business and environmental leaders. It
concludes that existing understanding warrants immediate steps to offset
possible global warming and its impacts. Although these must be carried out
internationally, the states have important roles to play because of their
authority over utilities, land use, transportation, taxation and other means of
effecting change in the environment. Seven key goals are given for the United
States in the 1990s including: develop an international agreement on the
atmosphere; stabilize CO2 emissions through energy conservation and efficiency;
develop and commercialize alternative energy systems; implement forestry
programs; plan and act now to adapt to a changing climate.
Protection of the Environment: A Call for Global Leadership, 36
pp., 1990. Available from Intl. Foundation for the Survival and Development of
Humanity: 11 Dupont Cir. NW, 6th Fl., Washington DC 20036 (202-745-1900); Ulitsa
Vesnina 9/5, 121002 Moscow, USSR (tel: 241-8243); Tyska Brinken, 11127
Stockholm, Sweden (tel: 46-8-110-503).
Prepared for use at the Moscow Forum on Environment and Development
(Global Climate Change Digest, NEWS, Apr. 1990) by an international
committee of the Foundation, which was established in 1988 to help solve global
problems through catalytic projects having international impact. It focuses on
actions that should be taken by the Soviet Union, most of which are relevant to
all nations, concerning ozone depletion, global climate change and energy
efficiency, deforestation, and other environmental areas. The United States and
the USSR should lead in coordinated, international reduction of CO2 emissions.
(See REPORTS/ENERGY POLICY, this Global Climate Change Digest issue--Aug.
Available (no charge) from Social Sci. Res. Inst., Univ. Hawaii at Manoa,
Porteus Hall 704, Honolulu HI 96822 (fax: 808-942-5710). Comments invited.
Sea Level Rise: Assessing the Scientific Debate, C.B. Jones, 27 pp.,
Mar. 1989. Synthesizes recent progress on sea level models, atmospheric warming
models and sea level measurement, as the first in a series of joint studies with
the Pacific Basin Development Council.
Policy Development and Planning for Global Climate Change and Sea Level
Rise in the Pacific Islands, M.P. Mamnett, C.B. Jones, W.L. Schultz, 21 pp.,
1989. Outlines the approach being taken to address five public policy problems
associated with the issue: predictions of catastrophic impact; lack of
immediacy; the attitude that "we're not causing it, we can't prevent it";
scientific uncertainty; possible actions.
The Phytosystem as a Sink for Carbon Dioxide (EPRI EN-6786), J.L.
Kulp, 32 pp., May 1990. Available from Elec. Power Res. Inst., Res. Rpt. Ctr.,
POB 50490, Palo Alto CA 94303 (415-965-4081); $25 ($50 overseas).
This preliminary assessment finds that enough land is available for a
large-scale program of aggressive reforestation to make a significant
contribution toward reducing atmospheric CO2. Furthermore, demand for wood
products will probably grow fast enough to support such a program. Even if only
10% or 20% of atmospheric carbon could be sequestered in this way, the reduced
growth of greenhouse gases would provide additional time for either adaptation
or development of new technology.
Southern Ecosystem Health and Productivity in a Changing Environment:
An Implementation Plan for the Southern Global Change Program, U.S. Forest
Service, 59 pp., July 1990 draft. Request from Southern Global Change Prog.,
1509 Varsity Dr., Raleigh NC 27606 (919-737-3311).
This initial draft proposes approaches for implementing the goals outlined
in the November 1989 Strategic Plan for Research in the Southern United
States (Global Climate Change Digest, REPORTS/GENERAL AND POLICY,
July 1990). Rather than identifying specific projects, it outlines a general
framework for the program; specific project ideas will be solicited from
researchers in response to a future request for proposals. Regional
participation and coordination with other elements of the U.S. Global Change
Research Program are stressed. Comments on the draft plan are requested from the
Greenhouse Effect: DOE's Programs and Activities Relevant to the
Global Warming Phenomenon (GAO/RCED-90-74BR), Mar. 1990. U.S. General
Accounting Office (POB 6015, Gaithersburg MD 20877; 202-275-6241). First five
copies free; additional $2 ea.
Reviews efforts by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to fill information
gaps on the topic; DOE's program planning and criteria for evaluating global
warming research and development; the agency's leadership on the issue and
efforts to integrate its activities into energy policy and planning; and changes
in policies or programs proposed by agencies or groups for improving energy
efficiency or reducing emissions.
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