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FROM VOLUME 4, NUMBER 5, MAY 1991
"Implications of the New World Order," A.L. Alm (Sci. Applic.
Intl. Inc.), Environ. Sci. Technol., 25(4), 636, Apr. 1991. The
U.S. should not take on new international commitments without making a major
effort to reduce some underlying causes of regional and international tension;
reducing energy demand must play a major role.
"What is AGU's Proper Role in Society?" W.M. Kaula (Univ.
Calif., Los Angeles CA 90024), D.L. Anderson, Eos, p. 173, Apr. 9, 1991.
The authors review American Geophysical Union guidelines on public policy issues
and relate this to the issue of the greenhouse effect. There are differences of
opinion within the AGU, particularly regarding the definitions of caution; there
has been a failure to articulate the proper definition of caution in the face of
uncertainty. AGU debate on this would be valuable.
"Reinventing the Car," J.J. MacKenzie (World Resour. Inst., 1709
New York Ave. NW, Washington DC 20006), Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp.
178-180, Mar. 27, 1991. Without fundamental changes in transportation
technologies and planning, efforts to halt global warming will be increasingly
difficult. In the U.S., the employment of every seventh worker is in some way
related to cars.
Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 72, 1991.
"Carbon Burning, the Greenhouse Effect and Public Policy," E.
Kessler (Univ. Oklahoma, 804 Dale Hall Tower, Norman OK 73019), pp. 513-514,
April. Scientists should not defer to and support traditional economic theorists
who consider physical growth a cornerstone of a healthy society. Research that
identifies paths for transition to sustainable global societies should receive
"Response to the AMS Policy Statement on Global Climate Change,"
R.S. Lindzen (MIT, Bldg. 54, Rm. 1720, Cambridge MA 02139), p. 515, April. The
AMS statement establishes that meteorology is simply tagging along on this
issue. The field has a lot to contribute, but is in danger of being co-opted by
those who find it inconvenient to deal with science. Suggests several points
that should have been included.
"From Here to Where? Science, Technology and Climate Negotiations,"
R.M. White (Pres., Nat. Acad. Eng.), pp. 377-379, Mar. It is time for a broad
international effort to explore the technological and economic ramifications of
mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change.
"A Business Approach to Global Climate Change," K. Hall
(Environ. Health & Safety, IBM Corp.), N. Kogan, J. Plaut, Intl.
Environ. Aff., 4(2), 298-302, Fall 1990. The U.S. Council for
International Business recognizes that it is unwise to wait until conclusive
evidence is in before taking some measures to mitigate the possible effects of
enhanced global warming.
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