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FROM VOLUME 9, NUMBERS 10-11, OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 1996
IPCC ASSESSMENT CONTROVERSY
(See News, GLOBAL
CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST, June 1996, and "Open Letter to Ben Santer,"
Prof. Pubs./Of Gen. Interest, this issue--Oct.-Nov. 1996.)
Is Target of Disinformation Campaign," B. Hileman, Chem. Eng. News,
p. 33, Aug. 19, 1996. Opinion piece condemning the recent attacks on the IPCC
process. They raise an important question: how can scientists defend the
integrity of their work when it is difficult for those outside the field to
understand the details?
Correspondence in Nature
on the IPCC assessment from S.F. Singer (p. 392, Aug. 1, 1996); and T.M.L.
Wigley and H.W. Ellsaesser (p. 214, Sep. 19).
Challenge Evidence of Man-Made Climate Change,"
Nature, p. 287, Sep. 26, 1996. At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy
and Natural Resources Committee, several Senators expressed distrust of the IPCC
assessment, and said they would oppose any binding international agreements that
would require the U.S. to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
to Tactics of Global Warming Lobby," E. Masood,
Nature, p. 470, Oct. 10, 1996. The Global Climate Coalition, an industry
group which led recent attacks on the credibility of the IPCC assessment, is
losing the support of two of its member companies, BP America and the Arizona
Public Service Company. Several of the Coalition's members are understood to be
uneasy about the organization's aggressive tactics. The Interfaith Center on
Corporate Responsibility, an association of institutional investors for
religious organizations with combined investments of $70 billion, is pressuring
industries to resign from the coalition.
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