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FROM VOLUME 3, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1990
"Cabinet Backs Töpfer Plan to Cut CO2 Emissions 25 Percent by
2005," Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 287-288, July, 1990. The West
German cabinet is backing Environment Minister Klaus Töpfer's plan to cut
the country's emissions, over objections by the Economics Ministry. An
interministerial working group will investigate ways of achieving the reduction
by the end of this year; some want to include East Germany as well.
"Scientific Uncertainties Pose Problems in Making Policy Choices,
Officials Say," ibid., pp. 280-281. At the June forum sponsored by
the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe in Ottawa, scientists called for immediate
action to limit greenhouse gas emissions, while policy makers said they need
solid scientific information to gain necessary popular support.
"Japan Uses Summit to Bid for Big Time," M. Cross, New
Scientist, p. 20, July 14, 1990. Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu was expected
to suggest at the economic summit in Houston that Japan should coordinate
international research on global warming. The country's decision to emphasize
global warming research has encouraged the Ministry of Industry and Technology
(MITI) in its research initiative on energy technology (see ibid., p.
24, July 28).
"Armed Services Chair Surprises Senate with Call for Major
Environmental Push," Inside EPA, p. 4, July 6, 1990. U.S. Senator
Sam Nunn, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has proposed a major
initiative that would devote Defense and Energy Department resources to global
environmental problems, especially climate change. Activities would include data
collection and analysis, advanced energy technologies, and technologies for
environmental cleanup. The proposal passed the Senate committee in July with a
$200 million initial allotment (Greenhouse Effect Rep., p. 57, July).
"Sounds Cool: the Acoustic Fridge from California," L. Dayton,
New Scientist, p. 28, Aug. 11, 1990. A California research group has
developed a device which uses high-energy sound waves to transfer heat without
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