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Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 12, DECEMBER 1992
GENERAL, POLICY AND LAW
"Global Warming on Trial," W.S. Broecker, Natural History,
6-14, Apr. 1992.
Sets up a mock trial to review the evidence for and against impending global
warming. Considers anecdotal historical records (like notes of sea-ice coverage
in the 1600s near Iceland) and data collected in the 20th century (such as
concentrations of oxygen isotopes in ice cores). Finds the evidence
inconclusive, and calls for greater attention to a possibly more serious
problem--world population growth.
New publication: World Climate Review, edited by
P.J. Michaels, Dept. Environ. Sci., Univ. Virginia. Intended to provide insight
and counter popular misconceptions on the global warming and ozone depletion
controversies by discussing, for general readers, scientific information from
the refereed literature and conferences. Each issue will include feature
articles, a digest of several recent scientific publications, and a section
which tracks recent global temperature measurements and compares results to
those forecast by comprehensive computer models. Published quarterly by, and
available at no charge for the first year of publication from, Western Fuels
Assoc., Magruder Bldg., 1625 M St. NW, Washington DC 20036 (202-463-6580).
Articles in the premier issue (Fall 1992, 24 pp.) discuss the natural
greenhouse effect and how any human enhancement of it is expected to have
relatively benign effects (at night at high latitudes), and misconceptions
involving global warming and hurricanes. An editorial criticizes the current
lack of journalistic scrutiny of potentially sensational science news.
Two items from Our Planet (UNEP, POB 30552, Nairobi, Kenya), No.
"Saving Our Ozone Shield," B. Lacoste, 4-7. Previews the Nov. 1992
meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol, and the reasons for the
"UNEP after Rio," D. Boyd, 8-11. Discusses UNEP's role in the
process begun by The Earth Summit, and the principles contained in Agenda 21.
"The Earth Summit: A Reasoned Response to Rio," 8 pp., 1992. A
special report from Coal Voice (Nat. Coal Assoc., 1130 17th St. NW,
Washington DC 20036), containing three articles: "Rio in Retrospective,"
2-5; "Climate Change Close-Up" (a synopsis of the framework climate
convention), 5-6; "The Road Ahead," 7.
"Blueprint for the Future," K. Courrier, Issues Sci.
Technol., 94-98, Summer 1992. An article-length review of Earth in the
Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, by Sen. Al Gore (pub. by Houghton
"A Global Forestry Initiative," R.A. Sedjo, Resources
(Resources for the Future, 1616 P St. NW, Washington DC 20036), 16-20, Fall
Elaborates on a possible global system of tradable forest management
obligations, proposed by researchers at RFF and modeled on the U.S. proposal of
tradable emission permits. This system could emerge from the "Forests for
the Future" initiative proposed by the Bush Administration at the Earth
"The Failure of International Environmental Law," P. Taylor,
Our Planet, No. 3, 14-15, 1992.
Discusses how this failure lies in the law's inability to recognize the
global environment as opposed to those parts of the planet within national
boundaries. Uses the greenhouse effect and other current environmental issues as
illustrations, and proposes several solutions.
Enviro--Magazine of Transboundary Pollution (Swed. Environ.
Protect. Agency (SNV), S-171 85 Solna, Swed.), May 1992. No charge.
Contains five articles relating to global warming and stratospheric ozone
depletion. "Renewable Energy Could Stop the Greenhouse Effect," J.
Busch, 14-15. "Western Europe Could Reduce CO2 Emissions by a Third,"
J. Busch, 18-21. "Renewable Energy Economically Viable," J. Busch, 21
(comments from T.B. Johansson, Sweden's leading expert on energy systems
analysis). "CFC Substitutes May Delay Recovery of Ozone," H.
Thornblad, 22-23 (discusses the ozone depletion potentials of HCFCs and a March
workshop in Stockholm). "Doubts on Early HCFC Phase-Out," H.
Thornblad, 24-25 (also reports on the Stockholm workshop; discusses national
policies about HCFCs and substitutes for HCFCs).
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