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FROM VOLUME 3, NUMBER 11, NOVEMBER 1990
THE SECOND WORLD CLIMATE CONFERENCE
The SECOND WORLD CLIMATE CONFERENCE (Oct. 29-Nov. 7, 1990) was
underway in Geneva at press time, with representatives from over 100 countries
expected to review the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) and consider further unified action on global warming. "The Politics
of Climate," New Scientist, pp. 20-21, Oct. 27, gives an extensive
assessment of the views and expectations of various countries and interest
groups, as well as a table summarizing the current goals of some 18
industrialized countries for stabilizing or reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Related commentary appears on p. 11 of that issue and in Nature, pp.
601-602, Oct. 18.
The Stockholm Environmental Institute has published the results of a
two-year study by an international panel of experts intended to provide input to
the Geneva conference. (See REPORTS, this Global Climate Change Digest issue--Nov.
1990.) It accepts the findings of the IPCC science group concerning the
magnitude of likely global warming, and goes on to establish rates of warming
and sea level change necessary to limit damage to society and ecosystems.
Actions necessary to achieve these limits are evaluated. (See articles in New
Scientist, p. 16, Oct. 20, 1990, and Greenhouse Effect Rep., p. 84,
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