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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 2, FEBRUARY 1991
GENERAL INTEREST AND POLICY
Prospects for Future Climate: A Special US/USSR Report on Climate and
Climate Change, M.C. MacCracken, M.I. Budyko et al., Eds., 270 pp., 1990.
Lewis Pub. Inc., P.O. Drawer 519, Chelsea MI 48118.
Prepared over the past two years under the auspices of Working Group VIII
(The Influence of Environmental Changes on Climate) of the 1972 US/USSR
Agreement on Protection of the Environment. Covers all the major areas of
concern relating to climate change. The activities of Working Group VIII have
produced such results as: improved documentation of climate changes in the
extratropical Northern Hemisphere over a period of several million years to the
present; increased availability and analyses of data sets over the past 100
years; measurements and geological estimates of CO2 changes over past geologic
periods; intensified reconstructions and analyses of paleoclimatic conditions;
improvements in models.
World Resources 1990-1991: A Guide to the Global Environment,
World Resour. Inst., 383 pp., 1990, $17.95. Published by Oxford Univ. Press.
World Resources Data Diskette, 3.5" and 5.25" high-density,
IBM compatible, $89.95, plus $3 handling (includes free copy of print edition).
Order from World Resour. Inst.
The printed version contains a special focus chapter, "Climate Change:
A Global Concern," and features on tropical forest destruction, national
rankings of greenhouse gas emissions, a review of the state of science of
climate change. The data summarized in the tables of the printed version are
available on the diskette, which includes over 300 indicators for 147 countries
on basic economic factors, population, natural resources, environment, food and
agriculture. Data can be downloaded for use with spreadsheet or word processing
The Americas in a New World: The 1990 Report of the Inter-American
Dialogue, 55 pp., Dec. 1990. Published by Aspen Inst.; available from
Inter-Amer. Dialogue, 11 Dupont Circ. NW, S. 502, Washington DC 20036
The Dialogue, chaired by Sol M. Linowitz (former U.S. Ambassador to the
Organization of American States) and Caniel Oduber (former President of Costa
Rica), is made up of citizens of the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the
Caribbean. The chapter on global warming states that hemispheric cooperation
could set the stage for forging needed global arrangements. However, no Latin
American government will act without a clear U.S. commitment to join other
industrialized countries in curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Necessary
near-term financial mechanisms are discussed.
Minding the Carbon Store: Weighing U.S. Forestry Strategies to Slow
Global Warming, M. Trexler, Jan. 1991. Order from World Resour. Inst.;
$12.50 plus $3 handling.
Provides a comprehensive overview of how specific tree planting and related
biotic proposals (such as making durable goods from wood rather than plastic)
could affect global warming. Recommends converting 15 million acres of
southeastern pasture to trees; expanding biomass-to-energy demonstration
projects; creating a Forestry Reserve Program for economically marginal pasture
and crop lands; promoting urban tree planting in certain areas.
Human Sources of Global Change: Priority Research Initiatives for
1990-1995 (Occas. Paper No. 3), R.W. Kates, W.C. Clark et al., approx. 90
pp., June 1990. Available from Inst. Intl. Studies, Brown Univ., Box 1970, 2
Stimson Ave., Providence RI 02912; 401-863-2809.
After review and revision, this paper from the National Academy of
Sciences/National Research Council's Committee on Global Change is expected to
be the basis for a book chapter to be published by the NAS/NRC. Among its
numerous recommendations, the Committee selected eight to receive the highest
priority in three areas: development of integrative models of human sources of
emissions and land cover change for earth systems models; support of model
development with key studies of important processes; providing critical data for
model development and processes studies.
The Greenhouse Effect: Formulating a Convention, W.A. Nitze, 40
pp., Oct. 1990. Available from The Royal Inst. of Intl. Affairs, 10 St. James's
Square, London SW1 4LE (tel: 071 930 2233), £10 plus £2 postage; or
from Environ. Law Inst., 1616 P St. NW, S. 200, Washington DC 20036;
Based on the author's experiences in helping organize the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change and in representing the U.S. Presents an approach to
formulating a convention that would combine initial targets for greenhouse gas
emission reductions with an assessment process and a requirement that national
and regional strategies be prepared.
Developing Practical Measures to Prevent Climate Disruption
(CENTED No. 6), R. Goble, G. Thompson, 30 pp., Aug. 1990. Available from Ctr.
Technol. Environ. Develop., Clark Univ., Worcester MA 01610.
Little is known about practical implementation of measures to control
greenhouse gas emissions. Suggests establishing prototype programs to test the
economic, technical and social feasibility of control measures. Discusses four
such projects: reduction of emissions in a medium-sized city, and in an area
with endangered tropical forest; demonstration of hydrogen production with
photovoltaic cells; testing the concept of a special bank to fund investments
that reduce emissions.
1991 Briefing Book on Environmental and Energy Legislation, 160
pp., 1991. Available from Environ. Energy Study Inst., 122 C St. NW, S. 700,
Washington DC 20001 (202-628-1400); $50.
Originally prepared for members of Congress and their staff. Includes
background and legislative status of issues; summaries of major laws including
the new Clean Air Act; a primer on the federal budget process.
Guide to Publishers
Index of Abbreviations