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Global Climate Change Digest

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

FROM VOLUME 11, NUMBER 11, NOVEMBER 1998

WEB-BASED INFORMATION...


Item #d98nov26

Carbon Emission Calculator: The Uranium Institute in London provides a calculator to allow the user to look at the effects of different energy mixes on the emission of carbon into the atmosphere at http://www.uilondon.org/co2gen.htm. It challenges the user to develop a strategy to increase supply while decreasing emissions. It allows one to enter an estimate of energy demand and a mix for coal, nuclear, gas, and oil as energy sources. The calculator will assume any shortfall in the numbers is to be made up by renewables. It then calculates the emissions of carbon by this mix of fuels.


Item #d98nov27

Renewable Energy: Renewable-energy technologies will play a significant role in future global-climate-change policy initiatives. You can subscribe to a weekly electronic newsletter, Trends in Renewable Energies, published by the Canadian Association of Renewable Energies, by sending an e-mail message to subscribe-trends@renewables.ca. For a sample via autoresponder, send an e-mail message to TRENDS@smartbot.net. Its archives can be viewed at http://www.renewables.ca.


Item #d98nov28

South Pole: Lee Mauldin, a scientist from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., was stationed at the South Pole in November and December. The goal of his research to study sulfate chemistry at the Pole, a site with few human influences on atmospheric chemistry and no local sources of dimethyl sulfide or sulfur dioxide, the two primary sources of airborne sulfur. While there, Lee set up a Web site and explained the science, geography, and logistics behind a South Pole expedition in language designed to interest and inform school-aged visitors to the site. Its URL is http://www.acd.ucar.edu/spole


Item #d98nov29

Open Process Access: The website Special Report on Emission Scenarios Open Process (SRES OP) has been set up at http://sres.ciesin.org by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group III to enable researchers in the area of climate change to submit their new greenhouse-gas emissions scenarios or any comments to the IPCC SRES writing team.


Item #d98nov30

Greenpeace: Greenpeace has reworked its website at http://www.greenpeaceusa.org. It gives information about Greenpeace’s work on global warming, ancient forests, oceans, and toxics. The site features organizational information; news; online media kits; a publications archive; Greenpeace videos (online); a “Kids’ Clubhouse”; and interactive elements, such as online postcards and a question of the week. The action center also gives individuals the opportunity to make their voices heard on the most pressing environmental issues by sending online faxes and e-mails to government and industry.


Item #d98nov31

Hoyt’s Greenhouse Scorecard: Douglas Hoyt has established a website at http://www.erols.com/dhoyt1/annex2.htm. There, he attributes a series of statements to the published results of climate- change models and assesses the validity of each statement. The results (confirmation, denial, or inconclusive) of his assessments are tabularly presented in a scorecard and tallied to support an overall opinion of the greenhouse-warming hypothesis.


Item #d98nov32

RFF Discussion Papers: Resources for the Future presents a series of discussion papers on its website, http://www.rff.org. The most recent addition examines a number of cases from the United States Initiative on Joint Implementation and highlights some of the lessons learned from that exercise for establishing a successful Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project. That paper, in PDF, is available at http://www.rff.org/disc_papers/abstracts/9908.htm.


Item #d98nov33

Public Health: Johns Hopkins University has brought up the Climate Change and Human Health Integrated Assessment Website at http://www.jhu.edu/~climate/. It provides recent and relevant information about the potential impacts of climate change on human health through integrated assessment. It seeks to characterize and communicate current scientific research on climate-related public-health issues to support policy development and analysis.


Item #d98nov34

ETSAP: The OECD/IEA Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme (ETSAP) recently updated its website at http://www.ecn.nl/unit_bs/etsap/ to include a new FAQ page for the MARKAL energy system model, publications on Post-Kyoto: The impact on Climate Policy in the European Union, the MATTER (MATerials Technologies for greenhouse gas Emission Reduction) project results, and recent MARKAL results for Northern America related to implementing the Kyoto Protocol.

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