February 28, 2007
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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 3, NUMBER 3, MARCH 1990
Climate Impact Response Functions--Report of a Workshop Held at
Coolfont, West Virginia, Sep. 11-14, 1989, approx. 50 pp., Dec. 1989.
Available (no charge) from National Climate Program Office, NOAA, Universal
Bldg., S. 518, 1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC 20235 (202-673-5360).
Coordinated by several federal agencies under the auspices of the IPCC.
During the workshop the invited participants determined quantitative estimates
of impacts, as a function of degree of climate change, for the US, USSR, PRC,
Brazil, Australia and the EEC. Sectors considered were agriculture, forestry,
water resources and coastal infrastructure. The main benefit of the exercise is
thought to lie in producing definitions of the problem.
Sea-Level Rise: Tonga, Tuvalu (Kiribati), J. Lewis (Univ. Bath,
UK), Dec. 1988. For the Commonwealth Expert Group on Climate Change and
Sea-level Rise. Discusses the specific situation of this Pacific chain of nine
atoll islands, and issues that pertain to all island nations. (See article in
Ambio, 18(8), pp. 458-459, 1989.)
Climate Change Impacts upon Agriculture and Resources: A Case Study
of California, D.J. Dudek, 1989. Environmental Defense Fund, 257 Park Ave.
S, New York NY 10010 (202-387-3500); $20 ($10 members).
A contribution to the recent EPA report to Congress, this study calculated
the impacts of increased CO2 and reduced water supplies on four crop groups in
14 growing areas of California. Statewide, yields would be reduced, with
economic losses of 14-17%. A change from the state's present rigid system of
water distribution to one that encourages water exchanges and conservation would
reduce adverse impacts.
Water for Agriculture: Facing the Limits (Worldwatch Paper 93),
S. Postel, 54 pp., Dec. 1989. Worldwatch Inst., 1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW,
Washington DC 20036 (202-452-1999); $4 (bulk discounts available).
Worsening supplies of water and rising irrigation costs are jeopardizing
global food supplies; climate change would intensify the problems presently
created by practices such as overpumping groundwater reservoirs and water
diversion projects. A top policy priority in third world and developed countries
is reduction of governmental water subsidies.
Global Climate Change--What It Could Mean for Prairie Agriculture,
E.E. Wheaton, 115 pp., 1989. Saskatchewan Res. Council, 30 Campus Dr.,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0X1, Can.
Examines effects on wind erosion of soil, droughts, biomass productivity and
wheat yields. Spring wheat yields could be reduced about 16% in a warmer
climate, or more if precipitation in the region did not increase as expected
from models. Recommendations for improving climatic information and for
agricultural and research policy are given.
Les besoins en eau pour l'arrosage des pelouses; Répercussions
d'un changement climatique sur l'industrie du golf au Québec, both in
French, 1989. For Environment Canada by Lamothe & Périard,
Consultants en climatologie, 731-5 Chanoine Scott, Ste-Foy, Québec G1V
3M9, Can. (418-659-1409). Inquire for price. The first study estimates the
impacts of climate change on municipal water supplies through increased lawn
watering; the second concerns effects on the golfing industry.
Water Resources in the Twenty-first Century: A Study of the
Implications of Climate Uncertainty (Circ. 1030), 25 pp., 1989. Available
(no charge) from USGS Books, Fed. Ctr., Box 25425, Denver CO 80225. Describes
the U.S. Geological Survey's program for climatic and hydrological research.
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