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Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 4, NUMBER 3, MARCH 1991
"Heating the Global Warming Debate," K. Wright, The N.Y.
Times Mag., 24-26, 30-31, Feb. 3, 1991. A profile of James Hansen, the
climatologist who directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, whose
statements, according to the author, have been alternately praised, denounced,
lionized and lampooned by peers and the public.
"Shackles on International Environmental Development and Cooperation,"
R.P. Shaw, Intl. Environ. Rptr., 53-59, Jan 30, 1991. Discusses
impediments to effective cooperation on environmental issues that emerged from
Surviving with the Biosphere (Apr. 22-27, 1990, Budapest), the Fourth
International Conference on Environmental Future. For global environmental
conservation and sustainable development to succeed, these impediments must be
"The International Dimension of Climate Change," B. Lalonde,
ibid., 29-31, Jan. 16, 1991. The French Minister of the Environment
presents his nation's position, which advocates dividing countries of the world
into three types, according to state of development and CO2 emission levels.
Suggests a world climate change fund to assist developing countries.
"Global-Warming Insurance," Issues Sci. Technol., 17-22,
Winter 1990-1991. Consists of letters commenting on recent articles (Issues,
Fall 1990) by D.A. Bromley on greenhouse policy and by J. Hansen et al. on
climate change data. (See Periodicals, Global Climate Change Digest,
"Nothing New under the Greenhouse," G. Dyke, New Scientist,
p. 51, Jan. 5, 1991. Describes the work of John Bennet Lawes, a 19th-century
scientist, entrepreneur and farmer, who devoted considerable attention to
analyzing the effects of increased CO2 levels from agriculture and coal burning.
"Modeling Earth's Future Climate Requires Both Science and Guesswork,"
J. Trefil, Smithsonian, 28-37, Dec. 1990. A physicist explains the
uncertainties surrounding global warming and the use of scientific tools such as
general circulation models to reduce those uncertainties.
"Pro Dr. Greenhouse," T. Beardsley, Sci. Amer., 33,
36, Dec. 1990. A profile of Roger Revelle of Scripps Institution of
Oceanography, who began writing about the possibility of global warming in the
1950s, then calling the burning of fossil fuels, "a large-scale geophysical
"Economists Start to Fret Again About Population," P. Passell,
The N.Y. Times, C1, C13, Dec. 18, 1990. Two decades ago, mainstream
economists brushed aside the vision of a future chronically short of food and
fuel. Now some are having second thoughts, prompted in part by new concerns
about possible global warming. Economic growth is the best population check, but
its gases may choke the Earth.
"Rebel Economists Add Ecological Cost to the Price of Progress,"
P. Passell, ibid., C1, C13, Nov. 27, 1990. Researchers calling
themselves ecological economists are challenging traditional economics on its
own turf, accusing economists of mismeasuring development, underestimating the
intangible costs of pollution and ignoring society's responsibilities to future
"Soft, Strong, and Very Wrong?" T. Rickman, New Scientist,
pp. 61-62, Sep. 29, 1990. Recent research demonstrates that young trees do not
reduce the greenhouse effect more than old trees, contrary to what some U.S. and
U.K. paper companies would have consumers believe.
"A Strategic Environmental Research Program," Sam Nunn, J.
Air Waste Mgmt. Assoc., 1208-1210, Sep. 1990. Reprint of a speech to the
U.S. Senate by the chair of its Armed Services Committee. Calls for the creation
of a strategic Environmental Research Program, which would shift substantial
Defense Department and intelligence agency resources to environmental problems,
such as global change.
"Clouds and Climate: A Critical Unknown in the Global Equations,"
M. La Brecque, Mosaic, 2-11, Summer 1990. (Published by U.S. Nat. Sci.
Foundation.) An extensive discussion at a general level of how clouds are
considered the principal wild card in climate change, and how observational
programs, such as FIRE and ERBE, together with advances in modeling, should
change that situation.
"CFCs RIP," R. Stevenson, Chem. in Britain, 731-733,
Aug. 1990. A concise account of the development of the Montreal Protocol through
its June 1990 revision, the substances it controls, and the growth in scientific
awareness of ozone depletion since the 1970s.
"Plant Conservation and Global Climate Change," D. Maddox, L.E.
Morse, Nature Conservancy Mag., 24-25, July-Aug. 1990.
The Nature Conservancy, with support from the Electric Power Research
Institute, has embarked on a two-year study of the potential effects of global
climate change on the 14,000 native vascular plant species of North America
north of Mexico. Species will be identified that, because of their particular
biological and ecological characteristics, are especially vulnerable to major
habitat disturbances and relocations.
"Improving Efficiency: Opportunities and Hurdles in India," M.A.
Sastry, RMI Newsletter, 1-3, Summer 1990 (Rocky Mtn. Inst., 1739
Snowmass Ck. Rd., Snowmass CO 81654; 303-927-3851). Describes some of the
hurdles encountered in India by RMI's Global Energy Efficiency Project.
"Electricity: Getting More with Less," E. Hirst, Technol.
Rev., 33-40, July 1990. In the present system of pricing and regulation,
electricity is so cheap that users and utilities have little incentive to invest
in improving efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy should identify ways for
utilities to profit from energy efficiency programs, help utilities develop and
implement such programs, disseminate information about successful innovations,
and conduct research to develop highly efficient electrical products.
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