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FROM VOLUME 1, NUMBER 2, AUGUST 1988
U.S. DROUGHT DRAWS ATTENTION
Widespread drought in much of the
United States has drawn attention to the problem of greenhouse warming,
intensified debate over whether a greenhouse warming is underway, and raised
interest in climate change research:
"Scientist Says Greenhouse Warming is Here," R. Monastersky, Science
News, July 2, 1988, p. 4. At a Senate panel hearing, James Hansen, Director
of NASA's Goddard Institute, based his opinion on analyses of temperature
"Heated Response to US Drought--Greenhouse Effect Enters Political
Arena," J. Palca, Nature, July 14, p. 92.
"Jumping the Greenhouse Gun," J. Maddox, Nature, July 7,
p. 9. Recent attention given to the drought as the start of global warming, by
the U.S. Congress and Canada's Climate Planning Board, is premature. But direct
measurement of the earth's radiation balance should be funded, and governments
should decide what to do when the greenhouse effect becomes noticeable.
"Worst Drought Since '36 Spurs Climate Research," Eos,
July 12. Interviews scientists from NOAA and elsewhere, who are trying to
determine if the drought indicates the start of global warming.
"The Weather in the Wake of El Niño," R. Kerr, Science,
May 13, p. 883. Discusses greenhouse warming in the context of warm conditions
associated with the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, which has now abated.
"Has the Greenhouse Taken Effect?" R. Monastersky, Science
News, April 30, p. 282. Examines the difficulties of determining whether
greenhouse warming is occurring, in an interview with Thomas Wigley of the
University of East Anglia.
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