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Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 7, JULY 1992
BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
GENERAL AND POLICY
Climate Change 1992: The Supplementary Report to the IPCC Scientific
Assessment, J. Houghton, B. Callander, S. Varney, Eds., 200 pp., June 1992,
Reviews and updates conclusions of the 1990 report of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change, based on new evidence. This volume combines the
supplement itself (see Reports/General Interest, this issue--July 1992) with six
extensive supporting documents on: greenhouse gases, sources and sinks,
radiative forcing, emissions scenarios, climate modeling, and observed climate
variability and change.
Energy Policy in the Greenhouse, F. Krause, W. Bach, J. Koomey,
328 pp., Apr. 1992, $29.95 (Wiley).
Presents an analysis of climate stabilization targets, starting from the
science of the greenhouse effect and using climate modeling to arrive at fossil
fuel consumption limits and timetables for their phase-out. Expands on work
presented in a previous report (GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST, Reports/Of
General Interest, Feb. 1990) and book (GCCD, Books/General, Policy,
Economics, Dec. 1990) as the first phase of a two-phase study, by adding a major
section on developing and implementing a climate treaty. The second phase of the
study evaluated the economic costs of reducing emissions (see GCCD,
Reports, Apr. 1992).
Protecting the Earth: Third Report of the Enquete Commission of the
11th German Bundestag, Vol. 1 (672 pp.), Vol. 2 (1008 pp.), 1991; Bonn,
Germany (ISBN 3-924521-71-9).
Volume 1 consists of thorough overviews of greenhouse warming and ozone
depletion, and the context of past climatic changes. Volume 2 examines the
consequences of serious action to mitigate these problems through industry,
energy supply, agriculture and transport, within the European Community and
globally. Concludes that it is possible to reduce damaging emissions without
destroying the global economy. Reviewed by J. Gribben, The Ecologist,
pp. 114-115, May/June 1992.
The Global Greenhouse Regime: Who Pays?, P. Hayes, K. Smith,
Eds., 256 pp., June 1992, £17.95 (Earthscan).
Presents scientific, economic and political issues in terms that policy
makers and students will understand. Discusses different ways of determining
responsibility, calculating obligations to pay, and measuring costs of different
policies. Contributors from around the world examine implications for different
Global Climate Change and Life on Earth: Evidence, Predictions and
Policy, R.L. Wyman, Ed., 304 pp., 1991, $55 hbk./$24.95 pbk. (Chapman &
Intended to give the concerned general reader a solid background in the
scientific issues. Discusses how the greenhouse effect relates to such issues as
deforestation, population and hunger, pollution, sea level changes, and loss of
Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, A. Revkin, 180 pp.,
$30. Order from Environ. Defense Fund (EDF), 257 Park Ave. S, New York NY 10010
Accompanies an exhibition assembled by EDF with the American Museum of
Natural History (New York City), which opened in May and will begin a four-year
tour of the U.S. at the end of this year. Examines the problem and what we can
do about it. Well illustrated.
Global Warning--Global Warming, M.A. Benarde, 317 pp., 1992,
Written by a professor of environmental studies as a guide to the basic
facts and current uncertainties of global warming for undergraduate students,
regulatory and public health agencies, and others. Deals with the fundamentals
of climate and its variations, possible impacts of warming on human activities
and ecosystems, model predictions and problems, and approaches to energy
New Market-Oriented Instruments for Environmental Policies, G.
Huppes, E. van der Voet et al., 200 pp., Apr. 1992, $65/£35/Dfl.130
The first of a series resulting from research on environmental policy for
the Commission of the European Communities. For environmental problems such as
carbon emissions, acid deposition and toxic chemicals, presents a theoretical
framework, examples of present or possible applications, and comparative
evaluations of several instruments (particularly emission taxes) in European
The Strategic Revolution: Thoughts for the Twenty-First Century,
N. Brown, 248 pp., $37/£22.50 (Brassey's).
The author, associated with Oxford's Environmental Change Unit, argues that
the Cold War framework of world security must be replaced by an
interdisciplinary approach involving economists, geographers, climatologists and
ecologists. Discusses the prospect of human-induced climate change in these
terms, and the roles of indebtedness and technological backwardness in the
developing world, ecological degradation and population pressure, and
Global Change: Geographical Approaches, J.R. Mather, G.V.
Sdasyuk, Eds., Dec. 1991, $45 (Univ. Arizona). Also published in Russian by
Progress Publishers, Moscow.
The first in a new series, "Geographical Dialogue: Soviet and American
Views." Geographers and other scientists from the U.S. and Soviet Union
pool ideas for monitoring and alleviating environmental change, suggesting joint
projects and joint strategies. Extensive bibliography.
World Resources 1992-1993, World Resour. Inst., 384 pp., Feb.
1992, $19.95. Available in paperback from WRI Publications, POB 4852, Hampden
Sta., Baltimore MD 21211 (800-822-0504; 301-338-6963); also distributed in
hardback by Oxford Univ. Press.
Published in collaboration with the U.N. Environment Programme and U.N.
Development Programme, this report serves as a desk reference for essential data
on natural resources and the environment, including energy use and tropical
deforestation. Among the highlights are the first global estimates of land
degradation, which since World War II has damaged soils in an area larger than
that of India and China combined. A special report looks at global development
patterns and shows that despite a surge of world economic growth and notable
social progress by many developing countries, the economic gap between rich and
poor countries has widened.
The Earth as Transformed by Human Action, B.L. Turner II, W.C.
Clark et al., Eds., 1990 (Cambridge).
Contains in 42 chapters the revised proceedings of a major symposium held
October 1987 at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, with contributions
from the social and natural sciences. Reviewed in a full-length article by J.R.
McNeill, Environment, pp. 25-29, Apr. 1992.
Leaving Eden: To Protect and Manage the Earth, E.G. Nisbet, 352
pp., Aug. 1991, £27.50 hbk./£9.95 pbk. (Cambridge).
A wide-ranging survey of human-related global environmental change, followed
by remedies for the future. For example, nuclear power is recommended during the
transition to solar power 20 to 30 years from now. Reviewed by A. Weston in New
Scientist, p. 48, Mar. 21, 1992.
Scientists on Gaia, S.H. Schneider, P.J. Boston, Eds., 433 pp.,
1991, $55 (MIT).
Over 40 multidisciplinary contributions explore the controversial Gaia
hypothesis, which views the Earth's physical and biological processes as a
self-regulating system. Includes public policy implications and the changes in
the hypothesis since its inception two decades ago. Reviewed by F. Pearce in
New Scientist, pp. 46-47, June 27, 1992.
Ecology and Control of the Natural Environment, Yu. A. Izrael,
420 pp., Dec. 1991, $177/£107/Dfl.320 (Kluwer).
Examines the basic approaches to environmental monitoring, emphasizing the
geophysical and ecological aspects of monitoring human impacts. Expands on a
1979 edition with a new section on critical anthropogenic effects on the
biosphere. Specific topics include climate change, effects of nuclear war and
Tropical Forests and Climate, N. Myers, Ed., 265 pp., Apr. 1992,
Contains 16 papers and related commentary on what is known on the topic and
implications for development policy. Reprint of Climatic Change, 19(1-2),
Sep. 1991 (see GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST, Prof. Pubs./Tropical
FOrests And Climate, Nov. 1991, for titles and authors).
Climatic Change in the Historical and Instrumental Periods, R.
Brazdil, Ed., DM 60. Available from the editor, Brezinova 6, 61600 Brno,
Proceedings of the International Conference of the Commission on Climatology
of the International Geographical Union (Brno, June 1989), containing 72 papers
concerning impacts of climate change; indirect, instrumental and historical data
sets; and regional climate changes in Europe and elsewhere.
Guide to Publishers
Index of Abbreviations