February 28, 2007
GCRIO Program Overview
Our extensive collection of documents.
Archives of the
Global Climate Change Digest
A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 12, DECEMBER 1993
GENERAL INTEREST AND POLICY
"Environmental Refuges in a Globally Warmed World: Estimating the
Scope of What Could Well Become a Prominent International Phenomenon," N.
Myers (c/o World Wildlife Fund, POB 4866, Hampden P.O., Baltimore MD 21211),
BioScience, 43(11), 752-761, Dec. 1993.
A preliminary analysis intended to stimulate debate and further assessment
on the possibility that global warming could increase by several times or more
the present number of environmental refugees, estimated to be at least 10
million. Examines impacts of sea level rise in Bangladesh, Egypt, China, India
and several island states, and agricultural impacts in semi-arid regions.
Concludes that environmental refugees are likely to become a prominent feature
with global warming.
Three items from Clim. Change, 25(1), Sep. 1993:
"Climate--Change or Variation? An Editorial," 1-13. Reviews
definitions of several terms used to discuss climate change, emphasizing the
difficulties that may arise through their improper use, particularly in a
political or socio-economic context. Suggests an internally consistent framework
for defining terms that is reasonably consistent with current usage.
"National Greenhouse Gas Accounts: Current Anthropogenic Sources and
Sinks," S. Subak (Stockholm Environ. Inst., 177 River St., Cambridge MA
02139), P. Raskin, D. Von Hippel, 15-58. Provides estimates for major
anthropogenic sources of CO, CH4, N2O, CO2 and 10 halocarbons. Includes a new
estimate of emissions from fossil fuels based principally on data from the
International Energy Agency.
Correspondence on the hypothesis that surface warming is being temporarily
masked while the oceans take up heat, and important implications for the debate
over global warming, 85-90.
Three brief comments in Environ. Sci. Technol., 27(12),
"The Right Climate for OECD Carbon Taxes?" R.C. Dower, 2265.
"Europe Plans Integrated Approach to Pollution Control," P.
"How Can Renewable Energy Deliver?" J. Rose, 2267.
Climate, Greenhouse Warming, and the Quality of Life," A. Perry
(Dept. Geog., Univ. College, Singleton Pk., Swansea, W. Glamorgan SA2 8PP, UK),
Prog. Phys. Geog., 17(3), 354-358, Sep. 1993.
A geographer first reviews how present climate has been used as an objective
environmental variable in quality of life studies, then concludes that the
implications of climate change for both environmental quality and quality of
life are considerable.
"Global Warming and the Internal Energy Market--Policy Integration or
Polarization," U. Collier (Div. Environ. Sci., Univ. Hertfordshire, College
Ln., Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB, UK), Energy Policy, 21(9),
915-925, Sep. 1993.
Examines the extent to which the European Community is integrating energy
and environmental policy, finding that to date, adjustments have been made
essentially at the margin, resulting in policy tensions.
Two items from Intl. Environ. Affairs, 5(1), Winter 1993:
"The History of Germany's Response to Climate Change," J. Cavender
(JFK Sch. Govt., Harvard Univ., Cambridge MA 02138), J. Jäger, 3-18. Traces
the history of the debate in Germany in the last 50 years and the roles of
scientists, government, industry, non-governmental organizations and the media.
"Green Consciousness or Dollar Diplomacy? The British Response to the
Threat of Ozone Depletion," J.H. Maxwell (Ctr. Technol. Policy &
Industrial Develop., Mass. Inst. Technol., Cambridge MA 02139), S.L. Weiner,
19-41. This detailed, well-referenced review of the British experience suggests
that the Montreal Protocol succeeded because of the concordance of certain
scientific, technical and economic developments, circumstances which do not
necessarily apply to other concerns such as global warming.
Special issue: "Terrestrial Biospheric Carbon Fluxes:
Quantification of Sinks and Sources of CO2," J. Wisniewski, R.N. Sampson,
Eds., Water, Air, Soil Pollut., 70(1-4), Oct. 1993 (Kluwer Acad.
Pubs.). Consists of a workshop summary and 44 refereed papers from an
international workshop (Bad Harzburg, Ger., Mar. 1993) which assessed present
and future carbon fluxes, emphasizing the potential for improving sinks and
managing long-term carbon sequestration. Because of this emphasis, many of the
papers are of general interest, covering topics such as carbon offset projects,
the relationship between the science understanding and practice, and options for
Special issue: "Desertification after the UNCED, Rio 1992,"
GeoJournal, 31(1), Sep. 1993 (Kluwer). Consists of 13 papers
relating to the human dimensions, the global setting, implications for society
and natural resource management, and other topics.
Guide to Publishers
Index of Abbreviations