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FROM VOLUME 4, NUMBER 12, DECEMBER 1991
Engineering the Ozone Hole: Three California scientists have
considered the scientific feasibility of injecting huge amounts of ethane or
propane into the Antarctic stratosphere to limit ozone depletion. (See Cicerone
et al., Science, p. 1191, Nov. 22, 1991, listed in Prof. Pubs./Of Gen.
Interest, this Global Climate Change Digest issue--Dec. 1991. See also
articles in Chem. Eng. News, p. 6, Nov. 25; Sci. News, p. 324,
Nov. 23; New Scientist, p. 12, Nov. 30.) This proposal was among the
papers presented in the session "Global Environmental Engineering" at
the fall American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. (See "Can the
Climate Be Engineered?" in Eos, p. 539, Nov. 26.)
Aircraft Emissions are of growing concern because they have the
potential to contribute to global warming and destroy stratospheric ozone. See
section in Prof. Pubs. on this topic, and "The Supersonic Question: Will
Fleets of High-Speed Jetliners Damage the Fragile Ozone Layer?" R.
Monasterskey, Sci. News, pp. 270-271, Oct. 26, 1991.
"Newly Formed Manufacturers' Group Agrees on Goal to Curb CO2
Emissions," Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 658, Dec. 4, 1991. The
European Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association announced in November that its
member companies have volunteered to reduce CO2 emissions from their cars by 10
percent between 1993 and 2005.
"Another Hot Year Keeps Climate Debate on the Boil," F. Pearce,
New Scientist, p. 13, Nov. 16, 1991. According to Britain's Hadley
Centre for Climate Research, unless there is a dramatic cooling in November and
December, 1991 will be the second warmest year on record, and the four warmest
years of the past century will have occurred in the last five years.
"`Activist' Stance by UK Government," P. Aldous, Nature,
p. 99, Nov. 14, 1991. The British government has surprised environmental groups
with its new £10-million, three-year campaign to encourage energy
"US Industry Attacks Greenhouse Predictions," F. Pearce, New
Scientist, p. 10, Nov. 2, 1991. The Climate Council, representing the U.S.
energy industry, is applying behind-the-scenes pressure to discredit new and
worrisome projections about the possible impacts of greenhouse gases.
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