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FROM VOLUME 3, NUMBER 6, JUNE 1990
"Hot Air on Global Warming," M.G. Renner, World Watch,
3(3), 35-37, May/June 1990.
A comment on how the world would be further ahead in its struggle against
climate change had research funding for renewable energy sources and energy
efficiency been maintained by the United States and other International Energy
Agency countries at the levels established following the 1970s oil crisis.
"A Program Lovely as a Tree," R. Fischman, Environ. Forum,
7(2), 6-11, Mar./Apr. 1990.
Describes the principles on which a tree planting policy should be founded
and proposes several programs that the federal government should undertake.
Planting is a no-lose option that provides enough social, environmental and
economic benefits to justify program costs, irrespective of the outcome of the
"Guyana's Test at High Tide," O. Sattaur, New Sci.,
46-49, Mar. 31, 1990.
The Commonwealth Secretariat has just completed a study of the implications
of the greenhouse effect for Guyana and other low-lying countries and small
islands, and protective strategies available. The article explains, for
instance, the evolution of the rip-rap design sea wall, devised to be cheaper
and more effective than the traditional design.
"How Do You Measure the Lovejoy Effect?" M. Sun, Science,
247(4947), 1174-1176, Mar. 9, 1990.
Profiles a biologist turned networker, Tom Lovejoy, who bridges the gap
between science and the public to save the tropical rain forests. Explains his
three-prong attack: the Minimum Critical Size Project in the Amazon,
debt-for-nature swaps, and relentless networking to support these projects.
"Soviet Energy--Power and the People," V. Rich, New Sci.,
44-47, Mar. 3, 1990.
If power is to be used more rationally, Soviet energy prices will have to be
raised to a realistic level but, in the current state of social and ethnic
tension, such a move could be political suicide. Soviet citizens have little
incentive to save energy.
"Le Climat Des Mille Dernières Années," P.D.
Jones, La Recherche, 21(219), 304-312, Mar. 1990. In French.
A climate researcher from the University of East Anglia explains techniques
for determining the historical record of mean global temperatures, using a
variety of sources. The climatological and human implications of the recent
temperature record are discussed.
"U.K.'s Permanent Representative to United Nations Says Important
Junctures Reached in Climate Change Debate," World Climate Change
Report, 27-29, Feb. 1990.
In an interview, British Ambassador Sir Crispin Tickell predicts the coming
year will be one of intense preparation to develop a coordinated response to
"Testing the Greenhouse Gospel," R.C. Balling Jr., ibid.,
The director of the laboratory of climatology at Arizona State University
maintains that the skepticism and caution concerning global warming applied by
scientists in the professional journals are lost in the transfer of information
to the popular press. A better set of policy decisions will result from a more
balanced view of the greenhouse issue.
"Using Environmental Goals in Name of Independence," P. Kuntz,
Congr. Quart. Weekly Rep., 157-163, 184-185, Jan. 20, 1990.
Part of a special issue covering the environment and Congress energy policy
and the Clean Air Act. Factions in Congress continue to pose obstacles in the
search for a lasting national policy on environmental goals. Discusses global
change research coordination bills under consideration.
Audubon Activist, 4(3), 16 pp., Jan./Feb. 1990.
A special issue on global warming that includes articles on legislation,
local projects, tree planting and energy alternatives. One article explains the
goal of a new study launched by the National Audubon Society, dubbed "The
Noah Project," that will use the experience gained in Florida Keys field
work to make recommendations for adapting current national conservation
strategies to a changing greenhouse world. Another shows how the Kirtland's
warbler, which nests in jack pines in northern Michigan, may be among the first
wildlife casualties of global warming.
"Exxon's Greenhouse," J. Doyle, Not Man Apart, 20(1),
2 pp., Jan./Mar. 1990 (Friends of the Earth, USA).
Describes venting of CO2 in Wyoming as a result of methane extraction from
Exxon's natural gas fields. Discusses the concept of corporate accountability
for practices that may affect future global warming.
"Negotiating Agreements on Global Change," P.M. Morrisette,
Resour. for the Future, 8-12, Spring 1990 (Resources for the
Future, 1616 P St. NW, Washington DC 20036; 202-328-5025).
In formulating international policy on global warming and other
transnational environmental issues, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that
Deplete the Ozone Layer offers some useful insights.
"Cleaning up the Atmosphere: The Business World's View and the
Forestry Challenge," Our Planet, 2(1), 4-9, 1990 (a
magazine of the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP), POB 30552, Nairobi, Kenya;
The development and transfer of new, clean and efficient technologies from
the developed to developing nations is a necessity for global answers to
climatic changes. Three articles discuss European, Japanese and U.S. views on
international business and technology transfer. A fourth outlines the battle
plan to minimize future global warming in Australia through tree-planting.
"Development and the Environment: A Global Balance," B.B.
Conable, Finance & Development, 2-4, Dec. 1989. (World Bank Pubs.,
1818 H St. NW, Washington DC 20433.)
The World Bank now sponsors projects that will reduce the production of
gases contributing to the greenhouse effect by shifting emphasis away from the
use of nonrenewable fossil fuels and by encouraging environmentally friendly
policies in both the developed and developing nations. Another article in this
issue elaborates on the evolution of the World Bank's environmental policy.
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