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Item #d90oct66

Arctic Science Agreement. The International Arctic Science Committee has been established by the eight nations bordering the Arctic Ocean (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the United States and the USSR). Partly a result of the recent improvement in East-West relations, the body will coordinate research in natural and social sciences and the humanities, especially in relation to global change. Membership is open to other countries with significant Arctic research programs. Copies of the agreement are available from the Polar Research Board, Nat. Res. Council, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington DC 20418. (See New Scientist, p. 22, Sep. 15, 1990.)

Item #d90oct67

U.S. EPA Priorities. A report of the Science Advisory Board for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, released Sep. 27, 1990, by EPA Administrator William Reilly, concludes that global warming and ozone depletion are among several high-risk environmental problems that should receive agency priority. Reilly noted that Congress authorizes billions of dollars every year for cleaning up toxic waste dumps, one of the problems rated by the report as having relatively low risk.

Item #d90oct68

The Climate Action Network was recently established to help non-governmental organizations and individuals world-wide to share information and strategy on global warming. Contact Annie Bonnin-Roncerel, Climate Network-Europe, Inst. d'Astronomie et de Géophysique, Univ. Catholique de Louvain, Chemin du Cyclotron 2, B-1348 Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium (tel: 32-10-473339); or Alden Myer, Union of Concerned Scientists, 1616 P St. NW, Washington DC 20036 (202-332-0900).

Item #d90oct69

"Chinese Government Study Details Huge Global Warming Impact on China, Endorses Energy Efficiency," Climate Alert (Climate Inst. news quarterly), pp. 1, 6, Spr. 1990. Describes a study by the Coordinating Group on Climate Change, an Interagency committee of the People's Republic of China, that was transmitted to the IPCC and will be published soon in a Chinese journal. For information contact study coordinator Prof. Ye Ruqiu, Nat. Environ. Protection Agency, 115 Yizhimennei, Nanxiagie, Beijing 10035, PRC.

Item #d90oct70

"More Energy Research Called for to Stem Oil, Climate Change Crises," J.R. Long, Chem. Eng. News, pp. 16-17, Sep. 10, 1990. Participants in a press conference at the August American Chemical Society meeting agreed that the best solutions to both the mideast oil crisis and global warming are the same as the basic strategies recommended in a recent report from the National Research Council. (See REPORTS/GENERAL, this Global Climate Change Digest issue--Oct. 1990.) Conference presentations on innovative fossil fuel use and energy conservation are also discussed.

Item #d90oct71

"Space Policy Goes Green," C. Anderson, P. Aldhous, Nature, p. 600, Aug. 16, 1990. Global environmental concerns are forcing new policies on international scientific data exchanges. Countries like Britain and France that have insisted space projects at least partly pay for themselves are moving toward making exceptions for environmental data. Implications for several international space programs are discussed.

Item #d90oct72

"New Programme Launched," E. Schaefer, ibid., p. 601. The National Institute for Global Environmental Change is a nation-wide network that will combine U.S. academic research in the physical and biological sciences with studies on topics such as energy policy and fuel consumption. Coordinated by the University of California at Davis with a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the program will foster interdisciplinary research through regional centers located at Harvard University, Indiana University, Tulane University (New Orleans), and the University of California.

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