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Scenarios of Socioeconomic Development for Studies of Global Environmental Change: A Critical Review (RR-89-4), F.L. Toth, E. Hizsnyik, W.C. Clark, Eds., 293 pp., June 1989. Intl. Inst. Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria; $20.

This reviewed report in six independent chapters is the work of many individuals and several institutions under IIASA's Sustainable Development of the Biosphere project. It critically reviews existing studies of global trends in population, agriculture and energy, determining which apply to different types of studies on global environmental change and sustainable development. It then synthesizes a single, internally consistent scenario of global changes in population, agriculture and energy over the next century, as a reference case for such studies. Finally, several scenarios of world development that might be useful for exploration are created, in which unusual but possible patterns of human activities occur. Scenarios are described in detail for possible use by other groups.

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Toward a Common Future: A Report on Sustainable Development and Its Implications for Canada, M. Keating, 50 pp., Nov. 1989. Single copies free from Environment Canada, Communications Directorate, Ottawa, Ont. K1A 0H3, Can. (819-997-2800).

The first section presents a picture of the environmental implications of continued unsustainable development, with the associated degradation of air, water and land. The second defines and interprets sustainable development based on concepts developed in the Brundtland and CCME (Canadian Council of Environmental Ministers) reports, and includes a "to do" list aimed at government, industry, citizen organizations and individuals. The author is an environmental consultant and writer.

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Climate Change and Its Interactions with Air Chemistry: Perspectives and Research Needs, J.E. Penner (Lawrence Livermore Nat. Lab., Livermore, Calif.), P.S. Connell et al. Detailed summary (EPA/600/S3-88/046) 9 pp., Feb. 1989, no charge from Center for Environmental Research Information (CERI), 26 W. Martin Luther King Dr., Cincinnati OH 45268 (513-569-7562); full report (EPA/600/3-88/046) 1988 available from NTIS ($15.95).

Attempts to outline and to estimate, where possible, interactions that need investigation on local, regional and global scales. The problem is highly complex, involving far more factors than merely temperature (such as transport processes, and biological responses to atmospheric composition and radiation changes). Modeling capabilities and limitations are discussed; current climate and air quality models are insufficient for the necessary diagnostic or prognostic analyses. The full report describes detailed research recommendations.

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Managing the Future: Public Policy, Scientific Uncertainty, and Global Warming, D. Jamieson, 24 pp., Oct. 1988. Working Paper from the Center for Values and Social Policy, Dept. Philosophy, Univ. Colorado., Boulder CO 80309 (303-492-6364); $2.

Analyzes the complicated relationship likely to develop between science and policy for dealing with global warming, and makes several recommendations for policy makers.

Item #d90jan49

Congressional Hearing Records: For sale by the Supt. Documents, U.S. Govt. Printing Off., Washington DC 20402 (inquire for prices).

Policy Options for Stabilizing Global Climate: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Environmental Protection--U.S. Senate--March 17, 1989, 69 pp.

National Global Change Research Act of 1989: Hearing before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation--U.S. Senate--on S. 169--February 22, 1989, 185 pp.

Implications of Global Warming for Natural Resources: Oversight Hearings before the Subcommittee on Water and Power Resources--House of Representatives--September 27, 1988: Washington, D.C.; October 17, 1988, San Francisco, Ca., 668 pp.

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