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FROM VOLUME 4, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1991
KUWAITI OIL FIRES
A scientific team sponsored by the National
Science Foundation has concluded that the smoke plume from Kuwaiti oil fires is
not rising high enough to reach the stratosphere. Consequently, it is not
expected to affect global climate or stratospheric ozone. (Chem. Eng. News,
p. 6, July 1, 1991; Environ. Sci. Technol., pp. 1530-1532, Sep.; Eos,
pp. 289-290, July 2.) However, this conclusion is considered premature by
Friends of the Earth International, whose independent team of experts observed
the plume reaching somewhat higher levels than reported by the U.S.
investigators. For discussion of the controversy see Global Environ. Change
Rep., pp. 1-3, July 19; Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 369, July 3; and "Why
are Data from Kuwait Being Withheld?" by J. Horgan in Sci. American,
p. 20, July. Possible environmental effects of the fires is the topic of a Sep.
28, 1991, meeting in Washington.
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