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FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 10, OCTOBER 1995
IPCC economic assessment: Letters discussing the controversial IPCC
estimates of the value of human life (see "IPCC Economic Assessment,"
News, Global Climate Change Digest, Sep. 1995) appear in New
Scientist, p. 51, Sep. 23 (from Clive Bates, and from Samuel Fankhauser),
and p. 64, Sep. 30 (from Aubrey Meyer).
Health and climate change: The first international conference on
human health and climate change was held in September in Washington, D.C., where
experts discussed potential health threats and strategies for dealing with them.
(See Chem. Eng. News, pp. 19-20, Oct. 2, 1995.) A major recommendation
called for much more cross-disciplinary research between health professionals
and the scientists who study the physical aspects of global change. The
hantavirus outbreak in the southwestern U.S. resulted from a climatic
fluctuation in rainfall, and may serve as an analog for the type of consequences
from global warming. (See Science News, pp. 196-197, Sep. 23, 1995.)
"Chemistry Nobel Prizes: Three Win for Ozone Depletion Research,"
P. Zurer, Chem. Eng. News, pp. 4-5, Oct. 16, 1995. The 1995 Nobel Prize
in Chemistry will be shared by F. Sherwood Rowland, Mario Molina, and Paul
"Finding Global Change Information on the World Wide Web," Global
Environ. Change, pp. 1-3, Aug. 25, 1995. Internet World Wide Web sites
containing global change information are springing up so rapidly it would take a
book to list them all, but this article offers tips for exploring such sites and
starting points for major types of information, such as UNEP documents;
nongovernmental material; information on ozone depletion, legislation and
policy; and climatic data.
"Dusting the Climate for FingerprintsHas Greenhouse Warming
Arrived? Will We Ever Know?" R. Monastersky, Science News, pp.
362-363, June 10, 1995. Summarizes recent progress on the problem by several
research groups in the U.S. and Europe. Researchers warn that the public should
not hold its breath waiting for the unambiguous detection of human-caused
greenhouse warming, which will never come from any single study. Nevertheless,
the search for a greenhouse fingerprint has become the rage among climate
scientists, even though some think the public has been given false hope for
unequivocal detection of changes caused by greenhouse gases. If government
leaders want to head off the potential for greater changes, they will have to
act before ever seeing the major effects of greenhouse pollution.
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