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FROM VOLUME 9, NUMBER 3, MARCH 1996

REPORTS...
IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE: GENERAL


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The Impact of Climate Change: Some Indications from History, ad 250-1250 (OCEES Res. Paper 3), N. Brown, 58 pp., Aug. 1995. Contact OCEES (Oxford Ctr. for the Environ., Ethics and Society), Mansfield College, Oxford OX1 3TF, UK (tel/fax: 44 1865 270886; e-mail: ocees@ mansfield.oxford.ac.uk).

Examines every level of human affairs, from social and cultural change to geopolitics, with an emphasis on Europe (including the fall of the Roman Empire) and its interactions with the Middle East and North Africa. The impact of climatic alteration tends to be most pronounced, for good or ill, on peoples or polities that are for other reasons poised at some critical threshold between failure and success.


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Implications of Global Change for Human Health, 1995. Contact Canadian Global Change Prog., Roy. Soc. Can., 225 Metcalfe #308, Ottawa ON K2P 1P9, Can. (tel: 613 991 5639; fax: 613 991 6996; e-mail: cgcp@rsc.ca).

Assesses the impacts of climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and UV radiation, environmental pollutants, and unchecked population growth. The situation is serious and will get worse unless action is taken to the point of settling for nothing less than a complete transformation of the cherished values of our industrial civilization. Makes recommendations for research and policy initiatives for protecting public health.


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Potential Effects of Climate Change on Electric Utilities (EPRI TR-105005), ICF Resour. Inc., 252 pp., Mar. 1995, $200 EPRI nonmembers. Order from EPRI.

Examines the risks to individual utilities posed by the potential for physical climate change and by the potential for future CO2 emission reduction requirements. For most scenarios evaluated, a test case utility's CO2 control cost was most closely related to predicted load growth and its dependence on coal-fired generation. Impacts of possible CO2 reduction requirements on utility finance, resource planning and operations are likely to be much larger than the corresponding impacts of a high climate change scenario.


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The following working papers can be ordered from CSERGE; each costs $5/£9.

The Impacts of Climate Change on Africa (GEC 95-12), M. Hulme, D. Conway et al., 60 pp., 1995.

Climate Change and the Incidence of Food Poisoning in England and Wales (GEC 94-15), 15 pp., 1994.

Protection vs. Retreat: Estimating the Costs of Sea Level Rise (GEC 94-02), S. Fankhauser, 54 pp., 1994.


Item #d96mar75

Environmental Exodus: An Emergent Crisis in the Global Arena, N. Myers, J. Kent, 1995 (Clim. Inst.).

An estimated 25 million environmental refugees are abandoning their homelands because of drought, erosion, desertification, and loss of forests. This number could double by 2010, but global change could eventually push those numbers to 200 million. Suggests ways to deal with the crisis by pre-empting it. (See the Climate Institute's Clim. Alert, p. 2 ff., July-Aug.-Sep. 1995.)


Item #d96mar76

Global Climate Change and Coral Reefs: Implications for People and Reefs, C.R. Wilkinson, R.W. Buddemeier, 1994 (IUCN).

The report of the UNEP-IOC-ASPEI-IUCN Global Task Team.

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