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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999

FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 7-8, JULY-AUGUST 1993

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS...
COMMENTARY


Item #d93jul7

"A Second Environmental Science: H uman-Environment Interactions," P.C. Stern (Comm. Behavioral & Social Sci., Nat. Res. Council, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington DC 20418), Science, 160(5116), 1897-1899, June 25, 1993.

Policy failures repeatedly result from faith in intuitively attractive but mistaken ideas about human behavior. We need an environmental science focused on human-environment interactions to complement the science of environmental processes, by answering such questions as what forces drive environmentally destructive human activities, and which interventions are most effective for changing them. The recent National Research Council's recommendations for human-environment global change research seem equally appropriate for other areas of environmental science.


Item #d93jul8

"Environmental Protection or Imperialism?" Nature, 363(6431), 657-658, June 24, 1993. A year after the Rio summit, there are reasons to suspect that the generalization of environmental causes may place excessive burdens on very poor countries.


Item #d93jul9

"On the Many Facets of Global Warming," O. Preining (Inst. Exp. Phys., Univ. Vienna, Strudlhofgasse 4, 1090 Vienna, Austria), World Resour. Rev., 5(2), 156-170, June 1993. A wide ranging examination of such questions as possible economic and political consequences, societal psychology, the challenge for education, and needed changes in human behavior.


Item #d93jul10

"The Need for Scientific Communication with the Public," F.S. Rowland (Chem. Dept., Univ. California, Irvine, Calif.), Science, 160(5114), 1571-1576, June 11, 1993.

A speech delivered at the latest annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), by the author, who chairs the AAAS board of directors. Draws heavily on examples relating to stratospheric ozone depletion and control of CFCs, including the "ozone backlash" discussed in the commentary on p. 1580 of the same issue. (See News Notes.)


Item #d93jul11

"Science's Real Role in Policy Making," G.E. Brown Jr. (Chair, Committee on Sci., Space & Technol., U.S. House of Representatives, Washington DC 20515), Chem. Eng. News, 9-11, May 31, 1993.

Proposes a mechanism by which policymakers and scientists could work together to design incremental, adaptive programs that can move policy goals along evolving pathways; uses CFC control as one example.

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