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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
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FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 5, MAY 1995

REPORTS...
ENERGY TECHNOLOGY


Item #d95may98

A Building Revolution: How Ecology and Health Concerns Are Transforming Construction (Paper 124), D.M. Roodman, N. Lenssen, 67 pp., Mar. 1995. Order from Worldwatch Inst., 1776 Mass. Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036 (tel: 202 452 1999; fax: 202 296 7365).

Modern buildings rival cars and manufacturing as sources of harm to the environment, adding greatly to deforestation, the risk of global warming, overuse of water, and acid rain. However, ancient techniques and modern technologies can easily and profitably eliminate almost all the damage of new buildings, while preserving the amenities people expect.


Item #d95may99

Energy and Environment Technologies to Respond to Global Climate Change Concerns, 1995 (OECD/IEA).

If present patterns of economic activity and growth continue, and only currently available technologies are used, the levels of greenhouse gas emissions will increase substantially. Although technology development programs are underway, governments and industry seem to have shifted from longer-term to shorter-term efforts, and investment in research and technology development may be declining. Recommends increased international collaboration and research in several areas.


Item #d95may100

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Stations, 28 pp., 1994 (OECD/IEA).

Presents results of studies of four existing or emerging power generation options—pulverized fuel and flue gas desulfurization; natural gas-fired combined cycle; integrated gasification combined cycle; and combustion of standard coal in an atmosphere of oxygen and recycled CO2. Compares these options for power costs, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, and ease of capture and disposal of flue-gas CO2.


Item #d95may101

Review of the Research Program of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles, 1994. Available from Div. Infrastructure, Energy and Environ. Eng., Natl. Res. Council, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington DC 20418 (202 334 3344).

The federal government and the three major U.S. car companies are cooperating to develop a production prototype of a new vehicle by 2004. Although this program is off to a good start, several management changes are needed. A central program manager should be appointed for the government, to coordinate the departments, agencies and laboratories. The research projects should be brought under one management umbrella, and funding mechanisms established as soon as possible. The industry team also needs to remedy its lack of a single program manager.


Item #d95may102

Sustainable Energy Developments in Europe and North America (ECE Energy Ser. 6), Aug. 1994, $60. Order from United Nations Pubs., Sales Sect., Rm. DC2-0853, New York NY 10017 (800 253 9646 or 212 963 8302), or other U.N. sales outlets.


Item #d95may103

Progress in Solar Energy Technologies and Applications, E.M. Hubbard, P. Notari et al., Eds., 64 pp., 1994, $20/$15 (ASES members). Order from Amer. Solar Energy Soc., 2400 Central Ave., G-1, Boulder CO 80301 (tel: 303 443 3130; fax: 303 443 3212).

Presents the most significant recent events and innovations relating to the advancement of solar energy in areas like photovoltaics, solar thermal electricity, wind, biomass combustion, biofuels, solar hydrogen, and passive and active solar heating and cooling.

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