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FROM VOLUME 3, NUMBER 6, JUNE 1990
"Methane Leakage from Natural Gas," P.A. Okken (Energy Study
Ctr., Petten, Neth.), Energy Policy, 8(2), 202-204, Mar. 1990.
Addresses the extent to which methane leakage offsets fuel switching as a
mitigation strategy for greenhouse emissions. Concludes that high priority
should be given to prevention of CH4 leakage from gas grids, coal mines, oil
wells and landfills, and to emissions of CO (which affects atmospheric CH4
concentrations) from inefficient combustion processes and traffic exhaust gases.
"Leaky Answer to Greenhouse Gas?" (correspondence on methane
leakage from natural gas distribution systems), Nature, 344(6261),
25-26, Mar. 1, 1990.
"The Environmental Challenge and the Impact on the Oil Industry,"
N. Htun (UNEP, UN Bldg., Rajadamern Ave., Bangkok 10200, Thailand), Energy
Policy, 5-10, Jan./Feb. 1990. Discusses the impact on the oil industry of
global warming, and potential policies and strategies for limiting CO2 through
energy efficiency measures, fuel switching, risk reduction and environmental
"Thinking Economically About Climate Change," E.B. Barbier
(London Environ. Economics Ctr., 3 Endsleigh St., London WC1H 0DD, UK), D.W.
Pearce, ibid., 11-19.
The best approach to dealing with the economics of climate change is through
cost-benefit thinking. For any given level of warming, the aim is to minimize
the sum of policy costs and costs of adaptation by individuals. Any resulting
policy decision will have to consider international cooperation and
"Climate Change and the Need for a New Energy Agenda," M.R.
Allen (Dept. Atmos. Phys., Univ. Oxford, Oxford 0X1 3PU, UK), J.M. Christiansen,
Concludes that the only feasible alleviation strategy at present is to
reduce CO2 emissions in the energy sector. Reforms aimed at CO2 abatement may
yield direct economic benefits. However, they will involve higher energy prices
as environmental costs are internalized, and close international cooperation
will be essential to ensure these do not upset terms of trade.
"Slowing Global Warming and Sustaining Development--The Promise of
Energy Efficiency," G.H. Kats (50 Ave. 31 Decembre, Geneva 1207, Switz.),
Shows that developing countries can limit fossil fuel use and CO2 emissions
while expanding their economic growth. The path to this is through energy
efficiency, which allows resources to be shifted from wasteful expenditure on
energy to more productive sectors. Third World nations can benefit from more
rapid and sustainable economic growth.
"Transport and Energy Policies--Only Connect," S. Boyle (Assoc.
Conserv. Energy, 9 Sherlock Mews, London W1M 3RH, UK), ibid., 34-41.
Discusses higher fuel efficiency, alternative fuels, increased use of public
transport, and a reduction in the number of transport emission generators as
solutions to the problem of pollution. Concludes that major changes are now
urgently required to avert serious, perhaps insoluble, energy and environmental
problems in the future.
SPECIAL ISSUE: "Social and Private Costs of Alternative Energy
Technologies," Contemporary Policy Issues, E.J. Dvorak, A. Cox et
al., eds., July 1990. A collection of 18 peer reviewed research articles written
and edited to be understandable to individuals with only a basic knowledge of
economics, mathematics and statistics. Appendices are added for readers who are
interested in the technical details. Twelve titles of articles related to global
warming are listed below. Order single copies for $20 from: Western Economic
Assoc. Intl., 7400 Center Ave., S. 109, Huntington Beach CA 92646
"The Straight Story about the Greenhouse Effect," J. Firor.
"Equity and Effectiveness of Possible CO2 Treaty Proposals," D.
Chapman, T. Drennen.
"Offsetting New CO2 Emissions: A First Rational Step," D.J. Dudek,
"Four Revolutions in Electricity Efficiency," A. Lovins.
"Revenue-Neutral Incentives for Efficiency and Environmental Quality,"
J. Koomey, A.H. Rosenfeld.
"Potentials for and Barriers to Building Energy Conservation in China,"
"Cost-Effectiveness of Conservation Programs: The Hood River
Experiment," M. Khawaja, T.P. Potiowsky, H.G. Peach.
"Will Electric Utilities Effectively Compete Without a Profit Motive?"
"Do Non-Conventional Electricity Technologies Make Sense with Today's
Low Oil Prices?" F.P. Sioshani, S.T. Grusky.
"The Levelized Cost of Electricity Generation Technologies," M.
DeAngelis, G.R. Bemis.
"Sweden after Nuclear Power," E. Mills.
"Solar Power," A.L. Walton, D.C. Hall.
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