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Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 11, NUMBER 1-2, JANUARY-FEBRUARY 1998
BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
GENERAL INTEREST AND POLICY
Climate Change Policy: Facts, Issues and Analyses, C.J. Jepma, M
Munasinghe, 352 pp., 1997, $69.95 hbk./$27.95 pbk. (Cambridge).
This concise, practical book is prompted by the results of the Second
Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Presents a
synopsis of climate change and its real impacts on society. Explains the
risks involved in mitigation, and how to start taking action.
Does the Weather Really Matter? The Social Implications of Climate
Change, W. Burroughs, 242 pp., $24.95, 1997 (Cambridge).
Combines an historical perspective with economic and political analyses
to give relevance and weight to the impact of weather and climate change.
Called a balanced, accessible analysis by the publisher. A brief comment
in New Scientist (p. 47, Dec. 6, 1997) calls the portion on past
climate change admirably lucid, but considers the section on how to
respond to current climate change turgid and obtuse.
Population, Environment and Development, R.K. Pachauri, L.F.
Qureshy, Eds., 357 pp., 1997, $40 (TERI).
Contains papers from the title conference (Washington, D.C., Mar. 1996),
organized by the Tata Energy Research InstituteNorth America
(TERI-NA). Includes discussion and debate on environmental subjects such
as water scarcity, deforestation, biodiversity and global warming, and on
social issues including consumption patterns, energy policy, and
migration. The foreword, by Maurice Strong, concludes that this
compilation succinctly highlights the need for concerted efforts at all
governmental levels, and reinforces the need to take a comprehensive view
of economic development processes as a whole, and consumption levels in
particular, when evaluating the impacts of population change.
Global Spin, S. Beder, 1997, £10.5 (Green Books).
Reviewed by H. Warwick (New Scientist, p. 50, Dec. 13, 1997).
This book traces the rise of the backlash against the environmental
movement, most recently manifest by the skeptics of climate change, which
includes funding by think-tanks, promotion of the "Wise Use"
movement, and creation of an artificial grass-roots movement. Also
discusses law suits (SLAPP suits, or strategic lawsuits against public
participation) filed against individuals who voice their concerns.
Ecotaxation, T. O'Riordan, Ed., 304 pp., 1997, £45 hbk./£17.95
A collection of essays by leading government, academic, private and
voluntary sector experts, this book is the first to look at the case for
environmental taxes at both macro- and micro-levels. Presents the
experiences of several countries with ecotaxes, and includes essays on the
politics of carbon taxation and the European Commission's carbon-energy
Environmental Accounting: Emergy and Environmental Decision Making,
H.T. Odum, 370 pp., 1995, $95 (Wiley).
Introduces the concept of "emergy" as a way of placing the
value of commodities, services and environmental goods on a common basis.
Attempts to place environmental decision making on a more rational and
less emotional basis by finding a common measure of the value of
environmental and other assets.
The Endangered Atmosphere: Preserving a Global Commons, M.S.
Soroos, 1997, $39.95 hbk./$19.95 pbk. (Univ. S.C.).
A thoughtful look at the atmosphere's rapid deterioration and the
international response to this crisis. Reviewed by R. Somerville in Bull.
Amer. Meteor. Soc. (pp. 104-105, Jan. 1998), who recommends the book
strongly for atmospheric scientists and others concerned about the
interface between environmental science and public policy.
Canada and the State of the PlanetAnnual Report 1996-1997,
M. Keating, 100 pp., 1997, CDN$12.95 (Oxford Univ. Press, English Ed.;
Editions MultiMondes, French Ed.)
Prepared for the Canadian Global Change Program as the nation's first
concise, annual report on global environmental changes that are affecting
the lives and future of Canadians. Intended to be the summit of the global
information pyramid in a Canadian context, and essential reading for
staying on top of global trends. Covers both environmental trends and the
social and economic forces involved.
World in Transition: The Research Challenge, ca. 236 pp., 1997,
The 1996 Annual Report of the German Advisory Council on Global Change
(WBGU). Criticizes the global change research community for its lack of
international orientation, its bias toward individual disciplines, and its
weakness in translating scientific results into a form readily accessible
to policy makers. Identifies alternatives for restructuring the research
agenda, focusing on a new "Syndrome Approach," which allows
scientists to systematically describe and analyze diseases afflicting the
earth, enabling them to develop response options.
Guide to Publishers
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