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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999

FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 10, OCTOBER 1995

NEWS...
NEWS NOTES


Item #d95oct130

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).


Item #d95oct131

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.)


Item #d95oct132

"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 Crutzen.


Item #d95oct133

"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.


Item #d95oct134

"Dusting the Climate for Fingerprints—Has 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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