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FROM VOLUME 3, NUMBER 10, OCTOBER 1990
Arctic Science Agreement. The International Arctic Science Committee
has been established by the eight nations bordering the Arctic Ocean (Canada,
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the United States and the USSR).
Partly a result of the recent improvement in East-West relations, the body will
coordinate research in natural and social sciences and the humanities,
especially in relation to global change. Membership is open to other countries
with significant Arctic research programs. Copies of the agreement are available
from the Polar Research Board, Nat. Res. Council, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW,
Washington DC 20418. (See New Scientist, p. 22, Sep. 15, 1990.)
U.S. EPA Priorities. A report of the Science Advisory Board for the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, released Sep. 27, 1990, by EPA
Administrator William Reilly, concludes that global warming and ozone depletion
are among several high-risk environmental problems that should receive agency
priority. Reilly noted that Congress authorizes billions of dollars every year
for cleaning up toxic waste dumps, one of the problems rated by the report as
having relatively low risk.
The Climate Action Network was recently established to help
non-governmental organizations and individuals world-wide to share information
and strategy on global warming. Contact Annie Bonnin-Roncerel, Climate
Network-Europe, Inst. d'Astronomie et de Géophysique, Univ. Catholique de
Louvain, Chemin du Cyclotron 2, B-1348 Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium (tel:
32-10-473339); or Alden Myer, Union of Concerned Scientists, 1616 P St. NW,
Washington DC 20036 (202-332-0900).
"Chinese Government Study Details Huge Global Warming Impact on
China, Endorses Energy Efficiency," Climate Alert (Climate Inst.
news quarterly), pp. 1, 6, Spr. 1990. Describes a study by the Coordinating
Group on Climate Change, an Interagency committee of the People's Republic of
China, that was transmitted to the IPCC and will be published soon in a Chinese
journal. For information contact study coordinator Prof. Ye Ruqiu, Nat. Environ.
Protection Agency, 115 Yizhimennei, Nanxiagie, Beijing 10035, PRC.
"More Energy Research Called for to Stem Oil, Climate Change Crises,"
J.R. Long, Chem. Eng. News, pp. 16-17, Sep. 10, 1990. Participants in a
press conference at the August American Chemical Society meeting agreed that the
best solutions to both the mideast oil crisis and global warming are the same as
the basic strategies recommended in a recent report from the National Research
Council. (See REPORTS/GENERAL, this Global Climate Change Digest issue--Oct.
1990.) Conference presentations on innovative fossil fuel use and energy
conservation are also discussed.
"Space Policy Goes Green," C. Anderson, P. Aldhous, Nature,
p. 600, Aug. 16, 1990. Global environmental concerns are forcing new policies on
international scientific data exchanges. Countries like Britain and France that
have insisted space projects at least partly pay for themselves are moving
toward making exceptions for environmental data. Implications for several
international space programs are discussed.
"New Programme Launched," E. Schaefer, ibid., p. 601.
The National Institute for Global Environmental Change is a nation-wide network
that will combine U.S. academic research in the physical and biological sciences
with studies on topics such as energy policy and fuel consumption. Coordinated
by the University of California at Davis with a $6 million grant from the U.S.
Department of Energy, the program will foster interdisciplinary research through
regional centers located at Harvard University, Indiana University, Tulane
University (New Orleans), and the University of California.
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