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

FROM VOLUME 3, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1990

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS...
COMMENTARY


Item #d90jan11

"Global Warming: An Energy Technology R&D Challenge," W. Fulkerson (Oak Ridge Nat. Lab., Oak Ridge TN 37831),D.B. Reister et al., Science, 246(4932), 868-869, Nov. 17, 1989.

Two major uncertainties cloud the picture of future energy technology needs: growth of energy demand, and the seriousness and urgency of the greenhouse effect. Increased R&D investment to improve technologies would be an insurance policy with relatively small risk. The potential for success is large if the greenhouse effect turns out to be menacing, and useful even if there are minor related climate changes.


Item #d90jan12

"Global Change, Sustainable Development and the Dangers of Information Overkill," A. Rosemarin, Ambio, XVIII(6), 307, 1989.

The biggest problem with information and conference overkill is that one becomes overly familiar with the package, the headlines and the terminology surrounding the topics, while no progress is made at resolving the issues. Those who cannot afford to attend every conference can use the time constructively, analyzing the information glut around us.


Item #d90jan13

"Will There be a Global 'Greenhouse' Warming?" R.A. Bryson (Ctr. Clim. Res., Univ. Wisc., 1225 W. Dayton St., Madison WI 53706), Environ. Conserv., 16(2), 97-99, Summer 1989.

Global circulation models are too crude for present applications. Warming may indeed take place, but more work is needed before we can accept current forecasts of carbon dioxide doubling in the next century as a basis for action.

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