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Item #d89mar23

First Meeting of Working Group I--Scientific Assessment of Climate Change, J.T. Houghton, Chr., 29 pp., Jan. 26, 1989. Contact Geoffrey Jenkins, British Meteor. Off., London Rd., Bracknell RG12 2SZ, UK (tel: 44-344-420242 ext. 2673; fax: 44-344-51719).

Specifies lead authors and potential individual and institutional contributors for four subtopics: CO2 and other greenhouse gases; climate observations; modeling and uncertainties; sea-level and ecosystem effects. Describes new modeling research contributions needed, interaction with other groups, and planned meetings and workshops through November 1990.

Item #d89mar24

Report of IPCC Working Group II (Impacts), Ju.A. Izrael, Chr., 27 pp., Feb. 1989. Contact USSR State Comm. for Hydrometeorology, 2 Pavlik Morozov St., Moscow 123376 (tel: 255-24-93; telex: 411117 RUMS SU).

Item #d89mar25

Report of the First Meeting--Response Strategies Working Group III, F.M. Bernthal, Chr., 57 pp., Feb. 10, 1989. Contact Suzanne Butcher, Deputy Dir., Off. Environ. Protection, OES/ENV Rm. 4325, Dept. State, Washington DC 20520 (202-647-9312; fax: 202-647-5947).

Subgroups established are energy and industry (including transportation), coastal zone management, agriculture, forestry and other, resource use and management; individual workplans were developed for each. A steering committee will develop emissions scenarios, and strategies for considering policy implementation mechanisms. The report summarizes views and activities of nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations in attendance, and includes a detailed participant list with addresses and numbers.

Item #d89mar26

Report of the First Session of the WMO/UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (TD No. 267), approx. 35 pp., Nov. 1988. Contact Fran├žois Puchalski, WMO Pub. Sales, POB 5, CH-1211, Geneva 20, Switz. (tel: 41-22-342326; fax: 41-22-346400).

A meeting record summarizing discussion of the IPCC work program, the second world climate conference, finances and organization. Includes participant list, summaries of national and organizational statements, working group membership and terms of reference.

Item #d89mar27

Terms of Reference for the ASUSSR-NAS Interacademy Committee on Global Ecology, 8 pp., Dec. 1988. See NEWS, this Global Climate Change Digest issue--Mar. 1989, for address.

Provides a charter for cooperation in these areas of common interest: global energy and biogeochemical cycles; industrial and biospheric processes; systems for observing global change; global changes and biotic diversity; theoretical and methodological bases for understanding ecological change; review and support of related international efforts.

Item #d89mar28

Our Changing Planet: A U.S. Strategy for Global Change Research, 38 pp., Jan. 1989. U.S. Comm. on Earth Sci., D. Peck, Chr. Available from R. Watts (Exec. Secy.), U.S. Geolog. Survey, MS 104, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston VA 11092 (703-648-4450).

Outlines program justification, goals and implementation; proposes research budgets for fiscal year 1990 for the seven Federal agencies conducting global change research, by activity categories (research, observations, data management, facilities). Budget amounts are broken down into eight interdisciplinary science elements: biogeochemical dynamics, ecological systems and dynamics, climate and hydrological system, human interactions, earth system history, solid earth processes, and solar influences.

Item #d89mar29

Global Environmental Change--Recommendations for President-Elect George Bush, 10 pp., Jan. 1989. Nat. Acad. Sci., Nat. Acad. Eng., Inst. Medicine. Available from Nat. Acad. Sci., 2101 Constitution Ave., Washington DC 20418 (202-334-2000).

Urges that the issue be made more prominent in scientific, political and foreign policy agendas. A focal point for the deployment of national resources to address the issue must be established, to coordinate diverse activities already underway and improve necessary linkages between scientific understanding and policy options. Specific recommendations include approaches for reducing reliance on fossil fuels, such as energy efficiency and considering increased use of natural gas; strengthening the Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting substances; mitigating tropical deforestation; making a substantial investment in ground- and space-based environmental monitoring activities; assessing possible impacts on society of global warming.

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