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Global Climate Change Digest
A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 10, OCTOBER 1989
Special Issue: "Managing Planet Earth," Sci. Amer.,
260(9), Sep. 1989. A 192-page issue in which the world's eminent
biologists and earth scientists have joined with the industrial and political
leaders to map out a strategy for sustainable global development. Topics
include: climatic and atmospheric chemical change; threats to the world's water
supply; biodiversity; the growing human population; and strategies for
agriculture, energy use, manufacturing and sustainable economic development. The
regular departments of this issue are also concerned with projections for a
sustainable world. Single copies $4.95 (discounts for bulk orders) from:
Scientific American, 415 Madison Ave., Dept. MPE, New York NY 10017.
"Cloudy Concerns--Will Clouds Prevent or Promote a Drastic Global
Warming?" R. Monastersky, Sci. News, 136, 106-110, Aug. 12,
The role of clouds is one of the greatest uncertainties of global warming.
Some studies suggest that an increase by 4% in stratocumulus clouds over the
ocean could compensate for a doubling in atmospheric carbon dioxide, saving the
planet from a potentially disastrous temperature hike of 1.5° C to 5.5° C
over the next half century. An increase in high ice-filled cirrus clouds,
however, could add to the greenhouse effect. Recent research is summarized.
National Parks (Natl. Parks & Conserv. Assoc., 1015 31st St.,
Washington DC 20007), 63(7-8), July-Aug. 1989.
"Turning Down the Heat--A Plan to Check the Rate of Global Warming,"
C. Schneider, pp. 16-17. Explains the Global Warming Prevention Act (H.R. 1078),
introduced by the author into Congress and cosponsored by more than 100
representatives, to limit global warming and the problems it causes.
"A Question of Degree--National Parks Forecast the Effects of Global
Warming," J. Page, pp. 24-29. The national parks will be sensitive
bellwethers of climate change and could help foster public support in the
campaign against global warming.
"Global Risk Assessment," C. Mlot, BioSci., 39(7),
428-430, July/Aug. 1989.
Reviews the May 1989 "Forum on Global Change and Our Common Future,"
a conference held in Washington by the National Academy of Sciences. Emphasizes
the key roles of the biological and social sciences on global change and the
"Tropical Forests and Bill Buckner's Legs," R. Henson, Amer.
Sci., 77(4), 320-326, July-Aug. 1989.
Explains geophysicist R. Keeling's new instrument that is able to finely
measure the oxygen content of the atmosphere. His research could furnish crucial
missing information on the importance of forests to the global climate.
"Reassessing the Restoration Agenda," G. Smith, Earth
Island J., 4(3), 35-36, Summer 1989.
Claims that for environmental restoration to succeed it is essential to halt
the activities that cause the damage restoration is supposed to repair. Suggests
that a critical restoration project might be the creation of north/south
wilderness green corridors to ease the animal migration problems expected with
global warming. Includes recommended resource list.
Special Issue: "Global Climate Change--Social and Personal
Responses," A. AtKisson, Ed., In Context, No. 22, 64 pp., Summer
1989. (Context Inst., POB 11470, Bainbridge Island WA 98110)
Over a dozen articles by environmentalists, scientists, ecologists and
philosophers explore three main themes: 1) the situation is urgent, and we must
act in the face of uncertainty; 2) simply leaving the earth alone will not
work--we must use every tool at our disposal to heal the planet; and 3) nothing
less than a radical transformation of humanity is called for--are we suicidal
consumers or planetary stewards? Related to the latter theme are several pieces
on "deep ecology," an environmental movement initiated by Norwegian
philosopher Arnie Naess in 1972, which envisions a radical change in humanity's
relationship to nature. Also included is a guide to personal action on global
sustainability, and articles on governance and global warming, and Gaian
"Preventing Climate Change," C. Schneider, Issues in Sci.
Technol., V(4), 55-62, Summer 1989.
Reviews author's Global Warming Prevention Act (H.R. 1078) submitted to the
U.S. Congress. Claims proposals require no sacrifice but that, by beginning
efforts now to steadily reduce CO2 emissions, it is possible to reduce the
severity of measures needed if we find that the climate is changing more quickly
"Boston Submerged," T. Derderian, Bostonia, 63(4),
40-46, July/Aug. 1989.
Explains effects on Boston as well as the entire Massachusetts coastline due
to sea-level rise caused by global warming. Describes the "Boston Safety
Belt," one urban planner's scheme to protect Boston Harbor by building a
sea wall and storm surge gates that would seal the harbor. It would include new
port facilities as well as new industrial, recreational, transportation and
"The Shrinking Gene Pool," O. Sattaur, New Sci., 37-41,
July 29, 1989.
Explains how the decline in biodiversity or genetic erosion (the extinction
of races and species of plants) threatens the capacity to adapt to new climate
regimes. Shows world centers of diversity and offers ways to select wild species
and forage resources to make wise investments for warm years.
"Hope Reaches Amazon," Economist, 47-48, July 15, 1989.
A policy to protect the Amazon, called Nossa Natureza (Our Nature), has been
drawn up by a group with support from Brazil's armed forces. The problem of
insufficient financing for the plan can possibly be met by convincing public
investors of the financial potential of the Amazon in its present state. (See
related Nature article by Peters et al. in PROF. PUBS./OF GEN. INTEREST,
this Global Climate Change Digest issue--Oct. 1989.)
"Global Change and Our Common Future," G.H. Brundtland, Environment,
31(5), 16-20; 40-43, June 1989.
Contains the text of the keynote address by Gro Harlem Brundtland (prime
minister of Norway) at the Forum on Global Change and Our Common Future, held in
Washington in May 1989.
"How Bleak is the Outlook for Ozone?" A. Moffat, Amer. Sci.,
77(3), 219-226, May-June 1989.
Environmentalists favor tighter deadlines on proposed CFC reduction to limit
the destruction of the ozone, but the accumulating scientific evidence discussed
in this article presents a bleaker outlook on our ability to change or protect
"A Tax to Keep Cool," Economist, 19-20, May 13, 1989.
Comments that the carbon tax recently proposed by the EEC is a bad idea;
politicians prefer regulations that impose greater costs and distortions on the
economy but are better hidden than taxes.
Environment, 31(4), May 1989.
"Natural Resources--Greenhouse Gases, Climate Change and U.S. Forest
Markets," J.L. Regens, F.W. Cubbage, D.G. Hodges, pp. 2-5. Global climate
change could significantly alter the resource management practices of United
States forest-product firms.
"Pollution Prevention: Implications for Engineering Design, Research,
and Education," S.K. Friedlander, pp. 10-15. Engineers must redesign
industrial processes from the bottom up to prevent or reduce the production of
"A Prescription for Slowing Deforestation in Amazonia," P.M.
Fearnside, pp. 16-20; 39-40. Presents specific recommendations for policy
changes that would save Brazil's forests and save the country money.
Special Issue: "Global Change and Public Policy," EarthQuest,
3(1), Spring 1989. (See NEWS/NEWSLETTERS, this Global Climate Change
Digest issue--Oct. 1989.)
"Early Warnings of Stress," R. Anderson, New Sci.,
50-52, Apr. 1, 1989.
An array of proteins that cells make under duress may one day pinpoint
pollution, find faults in bioreactors, and reveal ways of making plants
resistant to global warming.
"Mission to Planet Earth Revisited," T.F. Malone, R. Corell,
Environment, 31(3), 6-11; 31-35, Apr. 1989.
Presents an update on studies of global change. As part of these studies,
the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP) represents a worldwide
effort to give humanity the knowledge base to fashion policies that will reverse
the global environmental decline.
"Monitoring the Fate of the Forests from Space," W. Booth, Science,
243, 1428-1429, Mar. 17, 1989.
Promotes greater use of remote sensing to assess rates of deforestation as
well as answer questions about global warming and biodiversity.
"Living in the Greenhouse," Economist, 87-89, Mar. 11,
Presents gloomy predictions of mankind's inability to control greenhouse gas
production. Suggests that, even if carbon dioxide production magically stopped,
the concentration of it in the atmosphere would continue to fuel global warming.
"When the Rivers Go Dry and the Ice Caps Melt," V. Cahan, B.
Bremner, Business Week, 94-95, Feb. 13, 1989.
Gives examples of a growing number of companies that believe the likelihood
of climatic change is worth accounting for in projects and policies now.
Special Report: Consumer's Res., Nov. 1988.
"Part 1. The Greenhouse Effect: Science Fiction?" H.W. Ellsaesser,
27-31. Presents reasons to refute the theory of the greenhouse effect and global
warming. Maintains that perhaps increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is
needed to prevent or delay the onset of the next period of glaciation which the
author claims may already be past due.
"Part 2--Drastic Remedies Are Not Needed," S.F. Singer, 32-33.
Suggests that more research is needed on atmospheric physics and on modeling the
atmosphere/ocean system before establishing the long-term effect of enhanced
greenhouse gases. Public policy makers face problems making decisions with
incomplete and conflicting scientific information.
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