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

FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 8, AUGUST 1989

BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
IMPACTS


Item #d89aug55

Carbon Dioxide and Other Greenhouse Gases: Climatic and Associated Impacts, R. Fantechi, A. Ghazi, Eds., 292 pp., June 1989, Dfl. 175/54.55 (Kluwer*).

The proceedings of a symposium organized by the Commission of the European Communities, held in Brussels in November 1986. Although climate change is certain because the earth's radiation balance has been perturbed, it is highly uncertain what changes will occur, where they will occur and at what rate.


Item #d89aug56

Assessing the Social Implications of Climate Fluctuations, W.E. Riebsame, 82 pp., 1988, free. United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), POB 30552, Nairobi, Kenya.

Commissioned by the Scientific Advisory Committee for the World Climate Impacts Programme of the United Nations Environment Program, this monograph reviews a wide range of topics for use by researchers, government officials and policy makers. Topics include agricultural impacts, water resources, assessing the perception of climate and projecting future climate impacts.


Item #d89aug57

Societal Responses to Regional Climatic Change Forecasting by Analogy, M.H. Glantz, Ed., 428 pp., Oct. 1988, $40. Westview Press, 5500 Central Ave., Boulder CO 80301 (303-444-3541).

Published in cooperation with the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group, National Center for Atmospheric Research, contributors identify potential regional societal responses to a possible climatic change. Looks closely at several regional scenarios based on actual, prolonged, unusual climatic events that have occurred recently in North America. Case studies identify individuals acting at the local, regional or federal levels and assess their perceptions and responses. Also reviews the regional scenario approach and its policy implications.


Item #d89aug58

The Impact of Climatic Variations on Agriculture, M.L. Parry, T.R. Carter, N.T. Konijn, Eds. Vol. 1. Assessments in Cool Temperate and Cold Regions, 888 pp., Mar. 1988, $44 paper, $99 hardcover. Vol. 2. Assessments in Semi-Arid Regions, 800 pp., June 1988, $34 paper, $89 hardcover (Kluwer*).

Studies trace the complex linkages between climate-related impacts as they cascade through biophysical, economic and social systems. (See REPORTS, Global Climate Change Digest, Jan. 1989 for extensive summary.)


Item #d89aug59

The Greenhouse Effect, Climate Change, and U.S. Forests, W.E. Shands, J.S. Hoffman, Eds., 304 pp., $29.95 plus $2 shipping, hardcover. The Conservation Foundation, 1250 24th St. NW, Washington DC 20037.

A series of papers that describe the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the causes, the theoretical impacts on climate, and possible impacts on forests in the United States. Papers emphasize in many ways the uncertainties of projections of global warming, regional climate changes, and that the effects of a warmer climate on forests and forest industries can be mitigated through research and technological change. (See review in Amer. For., 95(5/6), p. 71, 1989; J. For., 86(11), p. 40, Nov. 1988.)


Item #d89aug60

The Human and Environmental Consequences of Nuclear War, M.A. Harwell, 179 pp., 1984, DM 54 (Springer-Verlag*).

Describes the intermediate and long-term consequences and the recovery process following a nuclear war in the northern hemisphere. All assumptions in the scenario are backed up by physical equations or existing literature. Written for scientists with a good physical background. (See review in Theor. Appl. Clim., 39(1), p. 57, 1988.)

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