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FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 12, DECEMBER 1992
IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
"Why Global Warming Could Take Britain by Storm," P. Simons,
New Scientist, 35-38, Nov. 7, 1992. If global warming causes the world
to become stormier, then storms originating in the eastern Atlantic arriving in
Britain could be more powerful and dangerous. Improved forecasting will be
essential if the effects of the disastrous Oct. 1987 storm are not to be
repeated. (A critical comment appears in ibid., p. 54, Nov. 28.)
"Israeli Researchers Planning for Global Climate Change on the Local
Level," A.M. Gillis, BioScience, 587-589, Sep. 1992. Israel's plans
for greening the desert changed because water is an unreliable variable. Details
a new concept, savannization, which may allow more acreage to support plant life
by making better use of water already in place. It may also be a logical weapon
against climate changes.
"When Nature Loses Its Cool," J.C. Ryan, World Watch,
10-16, Sep.-Oct. 1992.
Loss of species will become far worse when the effects of global warming are
felt. Details the likely winners and losers, concluding that retaining
biological diversity in a given area is a sound strategy for ensuring long-term
survival and productivity, even for those who think of nature only as a factory
producing goods for our use.
"World Status: Global Greening," Energy Economist
(London Financial Times), 17-22, Sep. 1992. Research funding on global warming
has favored those who run computer simulations rather than those who look at
nature with their own eyes. Summarizes extensive scientific evidence that global
warming could lead to a global greening that would allow more food to be grown.
"Flower Power: Rising Carbon Dioxide is Great for Plants," S.H.
Wittwer, Policy Review, 4-9, Fall 1992. (Heritage Foundation, 214
Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC 20002)
The author, a horticulturalist, explains one of the best-kept secrets about
global warming: plant life would benefit greatly from a higher level of
atmospheric CO2. While these benefits do not necessarily mean that a doubling of
CO2 would be good for the planet, it is inappropriate for public discussion to
focus only on hypothetical dangers and ignore the known benefits.
"How CO2 Enrichment Can Revitalize the Planet," S.B. Idso, OPEC
Bull., 22-27, Mar. 1992. Rather than posing a clear and present danger, the
greenhouse effect will augment the direct biological benefits of atmospheric CO2
enrichment and help thrust the planet into a new era of enhanced biospheric
production. The long-term threat of species extinction should be reversed, and
the threat of a new glaciation could be averted.
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