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FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 8, AUGUST 1995
BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
GENERAL INTEREST AND POLICY
Shaping National Responses to Climate Change: A Post-Rio Guide,
H. Lee, Ed., 324 pp., Apr. 1995, $48/$24.95 pbk. (Island).
Represents the culmination of a four-year research program involving over 30
scholars. Argues that several fundamental factors must be taken into account
before effective greenhouse gas reduction strategies can be developed. Despite
the Rio agreement, there is no significant worldwide consensus on how to affect
climate change. Highly visible and aggressive CO2 cutbacks will not succeed in
the present climate of scientific uncertainty. Incentives, not mandates, will
provide the stable policy climate needed to develop new, clean technology.
Requiring all countries to meet the same obligations is a prescription for
inertia and failure. Discusses how to best design an effective mitigation
The Politics of Global Atmospheric Change, I.H. Rowlands, 256
pp., May 1995, £40/£14.99 pbk. (Manchester Univ./St. Martins,
According to the publisher, this is the first book to analyze negotiation
over international responses to global warming and ozone depletion. Examines
topics from the perspective of international relations. For example, documents
the ways humanity has responded to the changes it has imposed upon the Earth's
atmosphere; explains why the politics of the two issues have unfolded as they
have, with the ozone issue largely resolved; why, in a more general way, some
international collective action problems are resolved and others remain
Global Environmental Change: Interactions of Science, Policy and
Politics in the United States, R.G. Fleagle, 264 pp., 1994, $59.95
Reviewed by T.F. Malone in Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., pp. 251-252,
Feb. 1995. The reviewer considers this book a timely volume that presents a case
study that should help illuminate discussions on the need for a new compact
between science and society. Looks at the changing public view of science,
reviews the evidence for global environmental change and assesses projections
for the future, and analyzes policy implications for the United States and the
world. With regard to governmental responsibilities, the idea of a U.S.
Department of Science is rejected; instead, a lead agency for global change is
suggested as a step toward eventual creation of a Department of the Environment.
Also reviewed extensively by R.D. Glasser in Climatic Change, pp.
479-482, Aug. 1995.
Vital Signs 1995The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future,
L.R. Brown, N. Lenssen, H. Kane, 176 pp., May 1995, $10.95 pbk./$89 data disk,
including data for the forthcoming State of the World 1996 (Worldwatch).
Published in 14 languages.
Among the key trends covered are those for food, energy use, the atmosphere
(CFC production, global temperature, carbon emissions), the world economy, and
Green Globe Yearbook 1995, H.O. Bergesen, G. Parmann, Eds., 320
pp., 1995, $45/£45 (Oxford).
This fourth annual review and reference of international cooperation on
environment and development, from the Fridtjof Nansen Inst., focuses on the
politics of climate change. The analysis section looks at the role of the IPCC
and climate science in the political process; discusses paralysis in European
Union Climate policy; presents arguments against a legally binding protocol on
climate change. The reference section systematically lists key data on the most
important agreements on environment and development, including the Global
Climate Change Atlas: Greenhouse Simulations from the Model
Evaluation Consortium for Climate Assessment (EPRI TR-105344), 1995, $155
(Kluwer). Single copies free to EPRI members (EPRI Distribution).
Consists of a series of color maps derived from computer-based
visualizations of results of six Consortium-funded experiments employing a
variety of enhanced greenhouse scenarios. The displays are readily
comprehensible to a broad audience, and show the extent of agreement among the
models for selected climatic variables.
Encyclopedia of Environmental Biology, W.A. Nierenberg, Ed., 2114
pp. (in three volumes), May 1995, $475/$395 through Sep. 29, 1995 (Academic).
Consists of 150 articles many of which relate to global change, such as
those on atmospheric ozone and the biological impact of solar ultraviolet
radiation, biogeochemical cycles, biomass burning, deforestation, global
atmospheric influences, global carbon cycle, nitrogen interactions with global
change processes, nitrous oxide budget, and plants and high levels of CO2.
Atmosphere, Climate and Change, T.E. Graedel, P.J. Crutzen, 196
pp., 1995, $32.95/£19.95 (W.H. Freeman).
Explains the workings of the atmosphere as part of the whole earth system;
presents data from ice cores, tree rings, ocean sediment and rocks that provide
clues to the history of the earth's climate. Also explores the causes of climate
change and the accuracies and inaccuracies of scientific prediction. Reviewed by
P. Brimblecombe in Nature, p. 202, May 18, 1995.
Verification 1995: Arms Control, Peacekeeping and the Environment,
J.B. Poole, R. Guthrie, Eds., ca. 352 pp., Mar. 1995, $75 (Westview).
These are among the chapter titles: "Developing the Framework
Convention on Climate Change"; and "The Internet as a Verification
Tool for International Environmental Agreements: The Climate Change Convention."
Climate Change, Uncertainty and Decision Making, G. Paoli, Ed.,
1995 (Univ. Waterloo).
Proceedings of a workshop (Toronto, 1994) that focused on the generation and
use of climate change parameters in decisions affected by climate. A joint
publication of the Inst. for Risk Res. (Univ. Waterloo, Waterloo ON N2L 3G1,
Can.) and the IGBP-BAHC.
Life Support: A Citizen's Guide to Solving the Atmospheric Crisis,
R. Roth, C. Carrel et al., 40 pp., $5, 1995 (Earth Island).
Covers ozone depletion, climate change and atmospheric ecology in three
sections on the science, the skeptics and the solutions.
International NGO Directory, Climate Action Network, 165 pp.,
1994 (Climate Network Europe).
This new edition contains more listings from developing countries, Canada
Global Trends Presentation SetExecutive Edition (Color
Slides), 1994, $59.95 (WRI).
A set of 50 color slides on topics including population and human
development, forests and biodiversity, energy, and atmosphere and climate. A
Educational Edition is also available.
Guide to Publishers
Index of Abbreviations