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



Item #d88sep7

Special Section--"Global Warming and Reforestation," Earth Island Journal, 3(3), Sep. 1988. (Earth Island Inst., 300 Broadway, S.-28, San Francisco CA 94133).

"The Climes They Are A-Changin'," N. Brown (UNEP, Rm. DC2-0803, UN Bldg., New York, N.Y.), p. 26.

A UNEP/WMO- sponsored conference held in Canada on June 27-30 calls for international action to reduce by 20% global oil consumption, coal and fossil fuels by the year 2005; creation of a world atmosphere fund tax on the fossil fuel economies of the industrialized nations; increased use of energy-efficient fuels and technologies; alternative strategies for Third World development; and vigorous efforts to reduce acid rain pollution. Article also calls for strengthening the recent ozone treaty to halt all CFC production completely by the year 2000, rather than the 50% cut now set.

"Mobilizing for Reforestation," S. Postel (Worldwatch Inst., 1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036), L. Heise, p. 27.

Because tree planting has unmatched potential for stabilizing simultaneously the carbon cycle, land and water resources, rural energy supplies and people's livelihoods, it is top priority for economic and social development.

"Tropical Forests: A Plan for Action," N. Hildyard, p. 28.

Suggests existing World Resources Institute 's Tropical Forest Action Plan is critically flawed in both analysis of the problem and proposed strategy for combatting reforestation. Calls for the UN to provide a forum to secure international agreement to save world forests in time to avert disaster. Copies of "Tropical Forests: A Plan for Action" are available from The Ecologist, Warthyvale Manor, Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9TT, UK.

"A Green World Instead of a Greenhouse," J.A. Duke (Germplasm Resour. Lab., U.S. Dept. Agric., Beltsville, Md.), 29-31.

Slowing global warming requires decisive action in conservation and reforestation. Conservation alone could slow down the U.S. contribution to the greenhouse effect by 50%. Reviews plant species such as oil palm and nypa palm that, if used as fuel, could help offset global warming from fossil fuel combustion.

"Restoring America--the Post Greenhouse Challenge," R. Register, p. 46.

Argues that the greenhouse effect will force America to rebuild its cities with appropriate technology, and work with other nations.

Item #d88sep8

"Earth's Vital Signs," L.R. Brown (Worldwatch Inst., 1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036), C. Flavin, E.C. Wolf, The Futurist, XXII(4), 13-20, July/Aug. 1988.

Deforestation, destruction of the ozone layer, pollution of the atmosphere, overpopulation, and the rate of plant and animal extinction point to trouble ahead. Suggests global security should be defined not only in military terms but in terms of sustainable development.

Item #d88sep9

"Perspectives on Greenhouse Issues," EPRI Journal, 13(4), June 1988.

"Coping with Climate Change" (editorial), G.M. Hidy (EPRI, POB 10412, Palo Alto CA 94303), p. 1.

EPRI's Environment Division vice-president discusses three key areas in climate research EPRI has chosen to pursue: biological interactions involving ocean and plant photosynthesis; the effect of nitrous oxide emissions as a greenhouse gas; the logistic and economic analysis of planning for electricity needs should warming occur.

"The Politics of Climate," M. Shepard, 4-15.

Discusses varied aspects of climate change including emissions and effects, the multitude of sources, national winners and losers, energy use and climate change, how EPRI is resolving N2O uncertainty, emerging greenhouse policies, who should lead, and what's at stake for utilities.

Item #d88sep10

"The Greenhouse Revolution: Climates Are Changing--and So Will Coastlines as Sea Levels Rise," R. Wolkomir, Oceans, 21(4), 17-20 ff., Apr. 1988.

Complicated feedback between the ocean-atmosphere system makes up climate. Oceans are the chief unknown factor and a critical key in the computer models that climatologists use to predict the future.

Item #d88sep11

"Science Observer--Global Change," W. Hively, American Scientist, 76(2), 127-130, Mar./Apr. 1988.

Describes the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, a plan to mobilize the world scientific community for a long-term study of global change. The scope of proposed research extends from the interior of the earth to the interior of the sun. The scientific problems demand that everything be simultaneously observed, and better funding is necessary.

Item #d88sep12

"Rising Seas May Drown Wetlands," B.E. Goldstein (Worldwatch Inst., 1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036), World Watch, 1(2), 40-41, Mar./Apr. 1988.

Results of National Academy of Sciences report show sea-level rise will accelerate rapid loss of coastal wetlands. Nations may come full circle and consider engineering new wetlands to regain their benefits.

Item #d88sep13

"Agriculture and the Greenhouse Effect," W.D. Kemper, Agricultural Res., 3, 6-9, Mar. 1988.

Discusses effect of CO2 buildup on crop growth and yield.

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