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FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 4, APRIL 1995
OF GENERAL INTEREST: COMMENTARY
"Reducing Greenhouse Gases," Nature, 374(6520),
300, Mar. 23, 1995. Separate comments from D.A. Lashof and from
S.E. Subak on a recent article by Victor and Salt on the climate
"Politics of Climate Change," Nature, 374(6519),
208, Mar. 16, 1995. Bert Bolin, Chair of the IPCC, comments on a
recent article by S.A. Boehmer-Christiansen.
"Ten-to-One Against Costing People's Lives for Climate
Change," D. Wysham (Inst. Policy Studies, Washington, D.C.), The
Ecologist, 24(6), 204-206, Nov.-Dec. 1994.
Estimates of the economic costs of climate change impacts
being constructed for the 1995 IPCC assessment are using
inappropriate methods to arrive at relative values of human lives
in different parts of the world. For instance, the German
economist Samuel Fankhauser has valued the life of an inhabitant
of an industrial country at $1.5 million, and that of an
inhabitant of China or Africa at a tenth that amount. These
estimates by Fankhauser and other prominent economists dismayed
many NGOs and economists from southern countries meeting in
Nairobi last July; the implied "right by income" does
not account for the impacts associated with the generation of
Blue Planet: An Ambiguous Modern Icon," W. Sachs, ibid., 24(5),
170-175, Sep.-Oct. 1994. An edited version of "Der blaue
Planet: Zur Zweideutigkeit einer modernen Ikone,"
Scheidewege, 1993/94. Translated by T. Nevill.
Photographs of the Earth from space have had an unexpectedly
significant yet contradictory influence upon the development of
"global consciousness." The image inspires Gaia-based
philosophies which view humanity as one strand in the web of
nature, but the image also distances humans from the Earth,
enabling a new role for the human race-that of observer, manager
and planner for the planet.
"Global Climate Dynamics as an Interactive Component of
Global Change," K.Y. Kondratyev (Res. Ctr. for Ecol. Safety,
Russian Acad. Sci., Korpusnaya St. 18, 197042 St. Petersburg,
Russia), H. Grassl, Environ. Conserv., 21(3),
256-257, Autumn 1994.
Briefly reviews major developments in climate change science,
concluding that we are still far away from any possibility of
understanding fully and simulating adequately global and regional
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