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FROM VOLUME 10, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1997
BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
OF GENERAL INTEREST
Information given in the annotations is frequently taken from
publishers' promotional literature. Prices and page numbers may be
approximate; contact publisher for details and additional information on
content. Publishers are named in parentheses at the end of each citation;
addresses when known are listed at the end of this section. In most cases,
books advertised by publishers with an expected publication date are not
listed here until actually in print.
Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect: A Primer, GreenLife
Society-N. America, 1997, $15 (Greenlife).
An updated monograph intended for undergraduate and graduate classes in
several disciplines, as well as for nonscientists. Major sections include
global warming and the greenhouse effect, the global warming debate,
international legal responses, and the history of the U.N. Framework
Convention on Climate Change. Also reprints several major related
Vital Signs 1997: The Environmental Trends That Are Shaping Our Future,
L.R. Brown, M. Renner, C. Flavin, June 1997, $12 (Worldwatch). Data also
available on diskette; paper copy and Jan. 1998 diskette update included,
Topics covered in this year's edition are energy, atmospheric and
economic key indicators, and storm damage trends. Special features include
forest loss, stratospheric ozone, and electric cars.
Canada and the State of the Planet, M. Keating for the Canadian
Global Change Prog., 100 pp., 1997, CDN$12.95 Published in English by
Oxford Univ. Press; in French by Editions Multimondes.
Most of the information about climate change, ozone depletion and other
major environmental issues comes to the public in disconnected bits and
pieces. This book, Canada's first annual report on global environmental
changes, makes sense of the information flood in a comprehensive way by
explaining environmental trends, and the social and environmental forces
that drive environmental change.
The Heat Is On: The High Stakes Battle over Earth's Threatened Climate,
R. Gelbspan, 1997, 278 pp., $23 (Addison-Wesley).
An expansion of an article that originally appeared in Harper's
magazine; briefly reviewed by F. Pearce in New Scientist (p. 45,
Aug. 9, 1997). Pearce states this is an advocates' book. Nevertheless, his
reporting is reasonably fair, his dissection of industry funding of the
skeptics is scrupulous, and his portrayal of the skeptics is not
The Manic Sun, N. Calder, 1997, £24.95 (Pilkington Press).
Questions the motives and integrity of scientists who claim that global
warming is here and will get worse. Promotes the work of two Danish
scientists who say the Sun is changing the climate more than are
greenhouse gases. Fred Pearce in New Scientist (p. 45, Aug.
9, 1997), concludes that the idea is intriguing, if inconclusive, but
criticizes the author for elevating greenhouse skeptics to heroic status.
Mining Week (p. 3, June 2, 1997), comments that the book shows
that the greenhouse effect theory is wrong, and that British scientists in
general have misled the public.
Factor Four: Doubling Wealth--Halving Resource Use, E. von Weizsäcker,
A.B. Lovins, L.H. Lovins, 352 pp., 1997, £15.99 (Earthscan).
Discusses a new form of technological progress analogous to the
improvement in labor productivity since the industrial revolution: the
improvement in resource productivity. Examples include improvements in the
use of energy (from hypercars to low-energy beef); in materials
productivity (from sub-surface irrigation to electronic books); and in
transport. So that wealth can grow while consumption does not, this book
explains how markets can be organized and taxes re-based to eliminate
perverse incentives and reward efficiency.
Ozone Depletion Yearbook: 1996, 119 pp., 1997 (Cutter).
The first in a series, and a companion to the Global Warming
Yearbook. Brings together information published over the past year in
Global Environ. Change Report.
International Trade and the Montreal Protocol, D. Brack, 128 pp.,
1996, £12.95 (Earthscan, for Royal Inst. Intl. Affairs).
Called the first available analysis of the effects on trade of the
Protocol, including the substantial black market, problems of
implementation in the former Soviet Union, and compatibility with the
international trading system. By examining the strengths and weaknesses of
the protocol, the author points out lessons to be learned in the value and
design of trade restrictions for future environmental treaties.
Climate Change: Developing Southern Hemisphere Perspectives, T.W.
Giambelluca, A. Henderson-Sellers, Eds., 475 pp., 1996, £65 (Wiley).
A text aimed at the graduate level that grew out of a 1993 Graduate
Summer School on Coupled Climate System Modeling that also complements
the text Climate System Modeling, edited by Trenberth. The four
sections cover global change pluralities; hemispheric climate: global
models; climate change: ecological and human dimensions; and policy
perspective. Reviewer R. Washington (Intl. J. Climatol., p. 903,
June 30, 1997) comments that the authors have put together an important
text--provocative, authoritative, and ambitious. Although some chapters
could have been expanded, what the book covers, it does so very well.
Population Growth and Environmental Issues, S. Ramphal, S.W.
Sinding, Eds., 1996 (Praeger Pub.).
Scholars, political leaders, and experts in international development
offer responses to the need for up-to-date information about the linkages
between population growth and global warming, land use, and natural
Climate Change Research: Evaluation and Policy Implications
(Studies in Environ. Sci., Vol. 65), S. Zverver, R.S.A.R. van Rompaey et
al., Eds., 1504 pp., 1995, Dfl. 490 (Elsevier).
Includes papers from the International Climate Change Conference
(Maastricht, 1994): 11 keynote papers; assessments of the Dutch
National Research Program (NRP); and short papers on specific projects.
Reviewed by U. Mander and A. Kull in Ecol. Econ. (pp. 95-97, Jan.
1997), who consider the book an invaluable took for those interested in
the climate system and its interrelations with ecosystems, and for those
involved in environmental management and policy.
Reviews of Previous Entries: Of General Interest
Reviews of Climate Change 1995, the three-volume publication of
the Second Assessment Report of the IPCC by Cambridge Univ. Press
(see Global Climate Change Digest, BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS, GEN.
INTEREST AND POLICY, June 1996):
Vols. I, II and III (science, impacts, and
economics, respectively) are reviewed extensively by W. Robinson in IEEE
Spectrum, pp. 10-14, Jan. 1997. Vol. I is reviewed by P.
Smithson and Vol. II by A. Perry in Intl. J. Climatol.,
pp. 905-907, June 30, 1997; Vol. II by P. Freund and Vol.
III by Q. Ahmad in Global Environ. Change, pp. 187-190,
Laboratory Earth: The Planetary Gamble We Can't Afford to Lose,
S.H. Schneider, 174 pp., Jan. 1997, $20/£11.99 (Basic Books in the
U.S.; Weidenfeld & Nicholson in the U.K.). (See Global Climate
Change Digest, BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS, GEN. INTEREST AND POLICY, Feb.
Reviewed by J. Houghton in Nature, p. 345, Mar. 27, 1997; and by
B. Bolin in Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., pp. 1511-1512, July 1997.
Hougton states that the book addresses global warming and climate change
in a wide context of science and policy for today's times. Although laced
with considerable technical detail, even readers not scientifically
trained will gain broad understanding. Bolin summarizes the main sections
of the book, noting that the presentation is clear with numerous examples.
The author has generally succeeded very well in the difficult task of
balancing the many pieces of important evidence.
Politics of Climate Change: A European Perspective, T. O'Riordan,
J. Jäger, Eds., 256 pp., Apr. 1996, $65 hbk./$22.95 pbk. (Routledge).
(See Global Climate Change Digest, BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS, GEN.
INTEREST AND POLICY, June 1996.)
Reviewed by K. Dow in Global Environ. Change, pp. 193-194, July
1997. This collection integrates the expertise needed to tackle this
complex topic through a detailed investigation of the structure of legal
and policy initiatives. It is an admirable model of the type of ambitious
collaboration important to expanding insight into global environmental
Betrayal of Science and Reason: How Anti-Environmental Rhetoric
Threatens Our Future, P. Ehrlich, A. Ehrlich, 335 pp., 1996 (Island
Press). (See Global Climate Change Digest, BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS,
GEN. INTEREST AND POLICY, Dec. 1996.)
Reviewed by R.J. Cicerone, Chem. Eng. News, p. 53, Apr. 7, 1997;
three comments on his review appear on pp. 5-6, May 7.
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