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FROM VOLUME 4, NUMBER 5, MAY 1991

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS...
COMMENTARY


Item #d91may19

"Implications of the New World Order," A.L. Alm (Sci. Applic. Intl. Inc.), Environ. Sci. Technol., 25(4), 636, Apr. 1991. The U.S. should not take on new international commitments without making a major effort to reduce some underlying causes of regional and international tension; reducing energy demand must play a major role.


Item #d91may20

"What is AGU's Proper Role in Society?" W.M. Kaula (Univ. Calif., Los Angeles CA 90024), D.L. Anderson, Eos, p. 173, Apr. 9, 1991. The authors review American Geophysical Union guidelines on public policy issues and relate this to the issue of the greenhouse effect. There are differences of opinion within the AGU, particularly regarding the definitions of caution; there has been a failure to articulate the proper definition of caution in the face of uncertainty. AGU debate on this would be valuable.


Item #d91may21

"Reinventing the Car," J.J. MacKenzie (World Resour. Inst., 1709 New York Ave. NW, Washington DC 20006), Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 178-180, Mar. 27, 1991. Without fundamental changes in transportation technologies and planning, efforts to halt global warming will be increasingly difficult. In the U.S., the employment of every seventh worker is in some way related to cars.


Item #d91may22

Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 72, 1991.

"Carbon Burning, the Greenhouse Effect and Public Policy," E. Kessler (Univ. Oklahoma, 804 Dale Hall Tower, Norman OK 73019), pp. 513-514, April. Scientists should not defer to and support traditional economic theorists who consider physical growth a cornerstone of a healthy society. Research that identifies paths for transition to sustainable global societies should receive highest priority.

"Response to the AMS Policy Statement on Global Climate Change," R.S. Lindzen (MIT, Bldg. 54, Rm. 1720, Cambridge MA 02139), p. 515, April. The AMS statement establishes that meteorology is simply tagging along on this issue. The field has a lot to contribute, but is in danger of being co-opted by those who find it inconvenient to deal with science. Suggests several points that should have been included.

"From Here to Where? Science, Technology and Climate Negotiations," R.M. White (Pres., Nat. Acad. Eng.), pp. 377-379, Mar. It is time for a broad international effort to explore the technological and economic ramifications of mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change.


Item #d91may23

"A Business Approach to Global Climate Change," K. Hall (Environ. Health & Safety, IBM Corp.), N. Kogan, J. Plaut, Intl. Environ. Aff., 4(2), 298-302, Fall 1990. The U.S. Council for International Business recognizes that it is unwise to wait until conclusive evidence is in before taking some measures to mitigate the possible effects of enhanced global warming.

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