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FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 6, JUNE 1995
The following articles
and opinion pieces appeared shortly before or after the Berlin meeting of the
parties to the convention, March 28-April 7, which was summarized in last
month's Global Climate Change Digest News. The articles that preceded
the meeting contain still relevant background information.(See also PROF.
PUBS./GEN. INTEREST/COMMENTARY, this Digest issue--June 1995.)
"Expectations Sink for First Meeting of Parties to Climate Treaty,"
P.S. Zurer, Chem. Eng. News, pp. 27-30, Mar. 13. An extensive and
thorough analysis of the state of political and scientific concerns surrounding
"Getting Warmer: Looking for a Way out of the Climate Impasse," C.
Flavin, O. Tunali, World Watch, pp. 10-19, Mar.-Apr. (Worldwatch Inst.,
1776 Mass. Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036). Analyzes the current lack of momentum
on the climate convention, and important circumstances in different parts of the
world. Recommendations include financial penalties for countries that fail to
meet year-2000 commitments, an international auditing mechanism, and a large
venture fund for renewable energy projects.
"Time To Curb Immortal Gases," L. Cook, Chem. & Industry,
p. 204, Mar. 6. Treaty members should consider control of fully fluorinated
hydrocarbons, greenhouse gases that are produced by industrial processes and
remain in the atmosphere indefinitely.
"Climate Treaty Heads for Trouble," F. Pearce, New Scientist,
p. 4, Mar. 18. Of the top ten emitters of CO2, only Russia, Germany
and Britain are expected to meet the stabilization target set for industrialized
"Fiddling While Earth Warms," F. Pearce, ibid., pp. 14-15,
Mar. 25. Analyzes factors responsible for the current greenhouse "backlash":
most industrial nations will miss their targets, they are under pressure to
reject further restrictions, and the IPCC science advisory body is under attack
for alleged bias. One factor is "greenhouse fatigue" in the popular
press, leading journalists to emphasize views contrary to the conventional
"Climate Summit: Slippery Slopes Ahead," R. Monastersky, Science
News, p. 183, Mar. 25. The U.S. and other countries will probably oppose
setting strict emission limits at the Berlin meeting, reflecting the widespread
disagreement both within the U.S. and throughout the world on how to address the
"Results of Climate Conference Draw Fire," P. Zurer, Chem.
Eng. News, p. 7, Apr. 17. The disappointed parties include environmental
groups, who wanted a specific protocol immediately, and industry representatives
and the U.S. delegation, who lobbied against any change in the agreement without
concessions from developing countries.
"The Costa del Carbon Dioxide," F. Pearce, New Scientist,
pp. 14-15, May 6. An obscure deal brokered by the European Union will allow
Spain to increase its carbon dioxide emissions by up to a quarter this decade.
"International Carbon Dioxide Trading Proposed by UN Agency," M.
Burke, Environ. Sci. & Technol., p. 208A, May. A pilot scheme
proposed in a February report from the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development
(UNCTAD) would include the U.S., the European Union, Japan and a few developing
countries in a "liquid and viable" market worth more than $8 billion a
"The Berlin Climate Change Summit: Implications for International
Environmental Law," S. Dunn, Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 439-444, May
31. A feature analysis discussing the significance of the summit, with a brief
history and political context. Examines the key decisions and implications for
the future of the convention. While falling short in certain respects, the
conference offers promise for the future of the convention, and set a milestone
in opening dialogue between North and South and between economic and
"[U.S. Senator] Wirth Questioned About U.S. Commitments to Cut
Greenhouse Gas Emissions After 2000," ibid., p. 407. Wirth
testified that the U.S. was successful in achieving its objectives at Berlin.
Rep. Dan Schaefer expressed concern that emission reduction commitments for the
industrial countries could put them at a competitive disadvantage with
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