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Global Climate Change Digest
A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 6, JUNE 1992
Decision makers' uncertainties regarding climate change were the
focus of a joint federal-private sector project reported in May 1992. The
conclusions reached are based in part on experience with the National Acid
Precipitation Assessment Program (NAPAP), the largest policy-oriented research
program conducted in the U.S. apart from climate change. (See Reports/General
Interest, this GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST issue--June 1992.) The
successes and shortcomings of NAPAP were recently assessed by Ralph Perhac,
formerly with the Electric Power Research Institute. (See Reports/General
Interest, this GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST issue--June 1992.)
U.S. emissions forecast: A U.S. Department of State analysis
concludes that existing federal programs will go a long way toward stabilizing
carbon dioxide emissions at 1990 levels by the year 2000, with little new
expenditure and without new programs. (See U.S. Views on Climate Change,
Reports/General Interest, this GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST issue--June
1992.) The document describes the basis of the U.S. negotiating position at the
May climate treaty talks. See Chem. Eng. News, pp. 4-5, May 4, 1992;
Global Environ. Change Rep., pp. 1-3, May 8.
U.S. emissions cap: Legislation introduced to the House of
Representatives April 2 by Rep. Henry A. Waxman and 104 other House members
would require the U.S. to stabilize CO2 emissions at 1990 levels. See Intl.
Environ. Rptr., p. 197, Apr. 8, 1992. Senator Albert Gore introduced a bill
with a similar goal in early May.
British Columbia has issued a set of reports on greenhouse gases in
connection with development of its Clean Air Strategy, by an interagency group
led by the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. (See Reports/States and
Provinces, this GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST issue--June 1992.) The
strategy will also address ozone depletion as well as regional and local
problems, as described in the summary booklet Ensuring Clean Air. Public
and industry input is being solicited through fall 1992 after which a draft
strategy will be presented for comment.
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