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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
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FROM VOLUME 4, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1991

NEWS...
RESEARCH AND NEWS NOTES


Item #d91sep117

"A Deepening, Broadening Trend," G.P. Brasseur, Nature, pp. 668-669, Aug. 22, 1991. Discusses the current understanding of the causes of a decreasing trend in total atmospheric ozone over the 11.5-year period up to May 1990, observed recently in satellite data, and the scientific questions it poses.


Item #d91sep118

"Europe's Hot Air over Carbon Cuts," D. MacKenzie, New Scientist, pp. 17-18, Aug. 24, 1991. The European Commission will decide this fall how much it should commit to reducing carbon emissions after the year 2000. This article reviews results of studies contracted by the Commission in several countries to determine least-cost methods for meeting both energy needs and carbon dioxide limits between 1995 and 2010. See also editorial on p. 9, "Must We Agree on Carbon Cuts?"


Item #d91sep119

"Report Calls for Europe-Wide Tax on CO2 along with Emissions Trading Scheme," Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 435-436, Aug. 14, 1991. The report, Economic Instruments for Reducing Western European Carbon Dioxide Emissions, by P. Kaegeson, was released by the Swedish Environmental Council in July.


Item #d91sep120

"Clean Coal Conferences Proposed for Three Countries," Update, pp. 1-2, Spring 1991. (U.N. Centre for Sci. & Technol. for Development--CSTD, New York NY 10017; 212-963-8435). China, India and the Soviet Union, three of the world's largest coal consumers, are considering a proposal to host a series of conferences on environmentally sound coal technologies, organized by the U.N. CSTD. The conferences assume special importance in the context of global warming.


Item #d91sep121

More on Mt. Pinatubo: "Volcano Clouds the Picture on Global Warming," New Scientist, p. 11, Aug. 24, 1991; "Pinatubo's Impact Spreads around the Globe," Sci. News, pp. 132-133, Aug. 31.


Item #d91sep122

"Japan's New 'Earth 21' Program Draws Praise, Skepticism on Ability to Curb Climate Change," Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 343, June 19, 1991; "Can Japan Put the Brakes on Global Warming?'" Sci. American, p. 98, Aug. 1991. Japan's plan for technology transfer to developing countries to reduce global warming did not receive much attention at the economic summit in Houston last October. The Japanese government arranged a conference with U.S. global warming experts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where the plan received mixed reactions.


Item #d91sep123

"Greenhouse Warming Report Fortifies Congressional Moves," P.S. Zurer, Chem. Eng. News, pp. 37-38, July 1, 1991. A House resolution and a new bill seek to implement recommendations of the recent National Academy of Sciences report. (See also Report section.)


Item #d91sep124

"Can PR Cool the Greenhouse?" Science, pp. 1784-1785, June 28, 1991. A new coalition of U.S. coal, electric utility and manufacturing companies, the Information Council for the Environment (ICE), is testing an advertising campaign for possible national use. Some environmentalists and scientists think the arguments presented are misleading. (See also Nature, p. 3, July 4; Global Environ. Change Rep., p. 7, June 7.)

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