February 28, 2007
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Global Climate Change Digest
A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 4, NUMBER 8, AUGUST 1991
GENERAL INTEREST AND POLICY
Reviews of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working
Group Reports (EN-7374), 65 pp., June 1991. Charge to organizations not
eligible for EPRI membership $200. Order from EPRI (Electric Power Res. Inst.),
Research Reports Ctr., POB 50490, Palo Alto CA 94303 (415-965-4081).
Separately completed reviews of the three working group reports are combined
into one publication to assist electric industry executives and environmental
affairs staff in formulating a perspective on the IPCC findings. The individual
reviews were prepared by C. Hakkarinen of EPRI (scientific assessment), B. Hood
of Science and Policy Associates Inc. (impacts), and J. Darmstadter of Resources
for the Future (response strategies). The executive summary for this combined
document concludes that overall, the reports successfully compile a wide body of
knowledge and accommodate a wide spectrum of scientific opinion. As input to the
policymaking process, however, they lack the necessary conceptual unity and
analytical cohesiveness, partly because they were developed in parallel without
a common framework. Individual chapters within reports vary in quality and,
perhaps most seriously, conclusions in the Policymakers Summary may not follow
from the body of the technical reports.
Drowning the National Heritage: Climate Change and U.S. Coastal
Biodiversity, W.V. Reid, M.C. Trexler, 60 pp., Mar. 1991; $12.50. World
Resour. Inst. Publications, POB 4852, Hampden Sta., Baltimore MD 21211
Evaluates the status of coastal biodiversity, already under pressure from
pollution, sedimentation, landfilling and other stresses, and the potential
impacts of climatic change. Analyzes various policy responses and recommends
immediate actions to protect the biological wealth of coastal ecosystems.
Global Warming: Do We Know Enough to Act? (Pub. No. 104), S.F.
Singer, 21 pp., Mar. 1991. Available (no charge) from Ctr. Study American
Business, Washington Univ., Campus Box 1208, St. Louis MO 63130 (314-889-5630).
Finds that the recent IPCC summary ignores valid scientific objections to
the theoretical predictions of global warming. There is major disagreement about
future temperature changes and available evidence indicates that as greenhouse
gases rise, their net may be beneficial. Panicky policy responses at this point
would be a mistake, and worldwide caps on CO2 emissions would be seen as a
scheme to stop economic development in some countries. Pending better
understanding, the U.S. should implement policies that have other benefits such
as energy conservation, efficiency increases, and the use of nonfossil fuels.
Least-Cost Climatic Stabilization (E91-8), A. Lovins, H. Lovins,
74 pp., Mar. 1991; $20. Rocky Mountain Inst., 1739 Snowmass Creek Rd., Snowmass
This semi-technical survey paper received attention at the Dahlem Conference
held in December in Berlin (Global Climate Change Digest, News Notes,
Mar. 1991) but was held for publication until March 1991. Reviews in detail
state-of-the-art literature on energy efficiency, renewable and alternative
energy supply, sustainable farming and forestry, CFC reduction, and actions that
can simultaneously abate more than one cause of global warming. Analyzes
implementation methods for three types of society--OECD, formerly planned
economies, and developing--and discusses possible synergisms. Shows that major
abatement of greenhouse emissions is possible at zero net cost or better.
Global Climate Change: The Role of Technology Transfer, 1991.
Available from Dept. Trade and Industry, 151 Buckingham Palace Rd., London SW1W
9SS, UK. Prepared by Touche Ross Management Consultants (London) for the U.K.
The Ocean's Role in Global Change: The Contemporary System--An
Overview of Major Research Programs, Ocean Studies Board, Nat. Res. Council,
10 pp., 1990; no charge. National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW,
Washington DC 20418 (800-624-6242 or 202-334-3313).
This nontechnical summary describes such programs as the World Ocean
Circulation Experiment and the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study. Access to
necessary satellite sensors is key to these programs, and the delay of these
sensors is already reducing the value of shipboard data collection.
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