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Item #d90may13

"Why the Federal Government Should Help Improve US Energy Efficiency," E. Hirst (Energy Div., Oak Ridge Nat. Lab., Oak Ridge TN 37831), Ambio, XIX(2), 96-98, Apr. 1990.

Economic and social benefits of improved energy efficiency will be realized only if the federal government actively promotes energy efficiency through increased research, expanded state and local assistance programs, improved regulation of energy utilities, and increased technology transfer.

Item #d90may14

"Motor Vehicles and Global Warming," M.L. Halberstadt, Ed. (Motor Vehicle Mfr. Assoc., Atmos. Chem. Panel), J. Air Waste Mgmt. Assoc., 40(3), 292, 436, Mar. 1990.

The Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association (MVMA) supports CFC phase-out beyond that defined by the Montreal Protocol, provided that safe substitutes are available and adequate lead time is allowed. MVMA member companies are in the process of providing the necessary equipment for mobile air conditioning recovery and recycling. An effective program must be international.

Item #d90may15

"Deforestation and the Greenhouse Effect," J. Soberón M. (Ctr. Ecol., UNAM, Apdo Postal 70-275, México D.F., México), Trends in Ecol. Evolution, 5(2), 63-64, Feb. 1990. Suggests that, to restore diverse tropical areas, countries must aim not only to reforest cleared areas but to recover, as completely as possible, the complex of ecological processes and interactions previously present.

Item #d90may16

"The Greenhouse Blues--Keep Cool About Global Warming," D.L. Ray, Policy Review, No. 49, 70-72, Summer 1989. (Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC 20002; 202-546-4400)

Solar activity, not the greenhouse effect, may account for the unusual warmth of the mid-20th century. Argues that costly corrective actions that reduce our standard of living are not necessary. Reforestation is far more effective in CO2 reduction than preservation of existing forests. We should reduce our own CO2 contribution because proper stewardship of the earth demands it, but not as the answer to global warming.

Item #d90may17

"Appropriate Policy Responses to the Greenhouse Effect: The Challenge for Economics," E.B. Barbier (Intl. Inst. Environ. & Develop., Univ. College London, London, UK), World Clim. Change Rep., 1(4), 28-29, Dec. 1989.

Discusses the unpredictable discontinuity of climatic changes and the way in which they magnify the likelihood of so-called natural disasters. Covers the waiting cost for doing nothing, adaptive measures, preventive measures, and needed rigorous analysis of policy options. Shows how preventive measures are linked to controlling other global and transnational problems.

Item #d90may18

Comment and reply on the need for research and development as a prudent response to the greenhouse effect, Science, 247(4943), 620, Feb. 9, 1990.

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