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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 10, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1997
CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS: GENERAL AND ECONOMICS
An Institute on the Economics of the Climate Resource Final
Report, K.A. Miller, R.K. Parkin, Eds., ca. 500 pp., 1996 (ESIG/NCAR).
This institute (Boulder, Colo., June 1995) was designed to aid in developing
a research community that can contribute to an improved understanding of the
economics of climate variability and change. This report includes full texts of
lectures and extends the material to a broader audience of economists. Near-term
decisions must be made in the presence of considerable uncertainty regarding
technology, demographics and consumer preferences, climate responses, changes in
local climates, and changes in climate-sensitive resources and activities.
Needed is a continuing strategy of risk hedging, learning and adjustment, with
economic analysis playing an integral role in guiding policy as it evolves.
Following the short course, an e-mail discussion group, CLIM-ECON, was created
to foster continued multi-disciplinary communication. (See GCC Online, Global
Climate Change Digest, Oct.-Nov. 1996.)
IPCC Technical Guidelines for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and
Adaptations, 59 pp., 1994 (Univ. College, London).
Developed by Working Group II, these guidelines call for a seven-step
assessment process. These include defining the problem, selecting an analytical
method, testing the method, selecting reasonable scenarios of future
environmental and socioeconomic conditions, assessing impacts, assessing the
effects of autonomous adjustments, and evaluating each adaptation strategy.
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