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FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 6, JUNE 1993
GENERAL INTEREST AND POLICY
of the Technical Emphasis, Policy Relevance and Management
Performance of the Dutch National Research Program [NRP] on
Global Air Pollution and Climate Change, 70 pp., Oct. 1992.
Exec. Summary, 14 pp. By Science and Policy Associates
(Washington, D.C.) and Holland Consulting Group (Amsterdam). For
copies contact the NRP at POB 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven, Neth. (fax:
+31 30 251932).
Reviewed progress on Phase 1 of the program (1990-1994), and
made recommendations for the second phase (beyond 1994). The
program has national and international significance and has
sufficient momentum to make major advances in science relevant to
the needs of policy makers. However, management should be
improved; the program's central concept of
"integration" is not uniformly understood by all
participants. In the second phase, funding should be used
exclusively for projects directly relevant to the program's
policy-oriented mission, and more emphasis placed on synthesis
and integration of results, the analysis of response options, and
communication of results.
Statement and Recommendations on the U.S. National Action Plan
for Global Climate Change, Global Climate Coalition (GCC), 50
pp., Mar. 1993, no charge. GCC, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, S.
1500--N. Tower, Washington DC 20004.
This report refers to the original National Action Plan
released in December, not the revised version sought by President
Clinton by August 1993 . The Coalition's preliminary comments on
the Clinton strategy appear in the June issue of the its monthly
bulletin Climate Watch, availableat no charge.
The GCC, a group of business trade associations and private
companies, urges first an economic analysis of the impact of the
proposed actions on economic growth, jobs, and international
trade and competitiveness. It strongly supports the plan's
rejection of rigid targets and timetables for meeting objectives
of the climate treaty, and recommends that the plan identify
national circumstances that may differ from those of other
developed countries, such as different transportation and housing
situations. The plans proposed for technology cooperation can be
strengthened through better coordination of federal agency
programs, and implementation of a Technology Cooperation Corps,
patterned after the Peace Corps, that would supply U.S. expertise
to developing countries. Other comments concern the need for
flexibility in the plan, expansion of carbon sinks, and the
status of global change science.
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