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Item #d90nov44

Scientific American, 263(3), Sep. 1990 contains eleven articles on a variety of topics, such as: energy efficiency; energy for various sectors of society (buildings, homes, industry, motor vehicles); energy in the developing world, and the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and China; sources of energy (fossil fuels, nuclear fuels, the sun); energy and world economics.

"Energy for Planet Earth," G.R. Davis (Shell Intl. Petroleum Co., London), pp. 54-62. Summarizes many of the concerns regarding future world energy use (rate of energy use, per capita energy use, energy efficiency, economics). Discusses three scenarios for the energy mix for the year 2010 and the resultant CO2 emissions for each. If energy efficiency remains the same as in 1988, CO2 emissions will double. In a "business as usual" view, improved energy efficiency would result in roughly a 40% increase. The sustainable world view would see emissions rise until shortly after the year 2000, then fall as nonfossil-fuel sources play a more prominent role in the energy mix. Concludes that we may turn from the view of energy as a commodity to be exploited from planet Earth, toward thinking of energy for planet Earth.

Item #d90nov45

The Greenhouse Effect: What Can We Do About It? W.K. Reilly, Admin., L. Price, Ed., EPA Journal, 16(2), 60 pp., Mar./Apr. 1990. (Editor, EPA J., A-107, 401 M St. SW, Washington DC 20460; single copies, $2.25.)

A special issue containing 26 articles gives perspectives from a wide range of authors with governmental (U.S., U.K., Western and Eastern Europe, Asia), industrial and scientific perspectives. Among the topics covered under policy options are nuclear power, energy conservation, renewable energy and transportation. Approaches to adaptation are discussed as is the question of the immediacy of the threat of global warming.

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