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

FROM VOLUME 9, NUMBERS 10-11, OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 1996

PERIODICALS...
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Item #d96oct119

"Year of the Rat," H. Saul, New Scientist, pp. 32-37, Oct. 5, 1996.

The rats that brought the plague in the Middle Ages are still here, and so are the diseases they carry. Many researchers believe that global warming will fuel the spread of rodent-associated diseases.


Item #d96oct120

"Wrecking the Reefs," J.M. Nash, Time, pp. 60-62, Sep. 30, 1996.

Coral ecosystems are in desperate trouble all around the world from the impacts of human activity. Global warming could contribute to episodes of bleaching that have been observed over widespread regions of the Pacific and Caribbean, and could add to the damage by triggering more intense hurricanes.


Item #d96oct121

"Do Disease Cycles Follow Changes in Weather?" K.S. Brown, BioScience, pp. 479-481, July-Aug. 1996.

Explains concerns of researchers over global warming's effects on the carriers of human illness. This concern, and recent epidemics like AIDS and hantavirus, have prompted recent interest in surveillance for the rise of previously unknown diseases and the return of old ones. The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) brings experts together using the Internet (World Wide Web: http://www.healthnet.org/promed.html.)


Item #d96oct122

"Deserts on Our Doorstep," F. Pearce, New Scientist, pp. 12-13, July 6, 1996.

A report completed for the European Commission concludes that climate change is affecting Europe now, causing reduced rainfall and possibly the start of desertification, with potentially devastating consequences for millions of people. The five-year Medalus project, involving more than 40 European scientists, was coordinated by John Thornes, a geographer at Kings College, London.

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