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Global Climate Change Digest
A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 4, NUMBER 11, NOVEMBER 1991
BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
GENERAL INTEREST AND POLICY
Saving the Planet--How to Shape an Environmentally Sustainable
Economy, L.R. Brown, C. Flavin, S. Postel, 224 pp., 1991, US$8.95/Can.$10.99
So far, no country has an economy that is sustainable--one that can endure
over the long term without consuming its natural base. This volume describes how
a less polluting, solar-energy-based economy would function, and how existing
technologies can make it a reality. Urges nations to consider major changes in
tax policies--partially shifting from taxing income to taxing energy use,
pollution and other activities that damage the environment.
Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Policy. Proceedings of the Second
World Climate Conference, J. Jäger, H.L. Ferguson, Eds., 592 pp., 1991,
$95 (£50) hbk./$44.95 (£24.95) pbk. (Cambridge). A statement about
current knowledge of climate change and its effects, and a summary of the
technical programs and political actions needed to deal with this problem.
Climate Change: The IPCC Response Strategies, 272 pp., 1991, $55
hbk./$34.95 pbk. (Island).
Includes subgroup reports from the IPCC Response Strategies Working Group on
energy and industry, agriculture, forestry and other human activities, coastal
zone management, and resource use and management.
Preserving the Global Environment: The Challenge of Shared Leadership,
J.T. Mathews, Ed., 362 pp., 1991 (Norton). Reviewed by S. Dalal in J. Intl.
Affairs, pp. 526-529, Winter 1991.
A collection of nine essays that the reviewer feels stands apart as a book
because it is simple in its logic and persuasive in its arguments. It reads as a
prospectus to make believers out of its readers and also encourages intelligent
speculation about how to safeguard the environment.
Earth in the Balance--Healing the Global Environment, A. Gore, 320
pp., expected Jan. 1992, $21.95 (Houghton-Mifflin). A U.S. Senator argues that
only a radical rethinking of our relationship with nature can save the Earth for
Selected Multilateral Treaties in the Field of the Environment. Vol.
II, 540 pp., 1991, $130/£65 pbk. (Grotius). Published jointly with the
U.N. Environ. Prog. Vol. I is still available at $80/£40. The
two-volume set costs $180/£90. Vol. II contains 50 conventions concluded
from 1970 to 1989, with some earlier conventions that supplement Vol. I, which
Global Atmospheric Change and Public Health, J.C. White, Ed., 280
pp., 1990, $85 U.S. & Can./£58 elsewhere (Elsevier). Reviewed by J.P.
Lodge Jr. in Atmos. Environ., pp. 2061-2062, 1991.
The proceedings of a conference (Dec. 1989, Washington, D.C.) sponsored by
the Center for Environmental Information, Rochester, N.Y. Topics include the
effects of UV light on the human immune system, interactions of climate change
with infectious disease and human nutrition, UV light and cataracts. Four
chapters cover information: needs and sources, trends, need for further
Antarctica and Global Climatic Change, C. Harris, B. Stonehouse,
192 pp., 1991, $79.95 (Lewis).
In three parts, covers (1) state of knowledge; (2) atmosphere, ice and
ocean; (3) ecology, conservation and management. Includes chapters on response
strategies to mitigate impacts and a selected guide to recent literature.
Proceedings of the International Workshop on Large-Scale
Reforestation (EPA/600/9-91/014), J. Winjum, P.E. Schroeder, M.J. Kenady,
Eds., 160 pp., 1991 (CERI/EPA).
Topics include ecological considerations of large-scale reforestation
projects; operational considerations from a Pacific Northwest perspective;
reforestation in British Columbia, India and New Zealand; afforestation in
Britain; agroforestry in Guatemala; industrial eucalyptus plantations in the
A Path Where No Man Thought: Nuclear Winter and the End of the Arms
Race, C. Sagan, R. Turco, 499 pp., 1991, $27.95/£20 (Random). Reviewed
by J. Ruina in Nature, pp. 765-766, Aug. 29, 1991. The first half of the
book deals with the climatic consequences of massive nuclear attack; the second
with nuclear policy.
Natural Areas Facing Climate Change, P. Malanson, Ed., 92 pp.,
1989, $19 (SPB). Reviewed by H. van Miegroet in J. Environ. Qual., p.
702, July-Sep. 1991.
Contains five scientific papers and two commentaries from a symposium and
provides selected thoughts and specific insights relating the process of
scientific inquiry. The commentaries concern what changing climatic conditions
might mean to the managers of natural areas of limited size.
1992 Briefing Book on Environmental and Energy Legislation, 190
pp., 1991, $75 (EESI). Prepared for Congress by the Environmental and Energy
Study Conference, a bipartisan Congressional Office. Provides background and
current legislative status of 35 key issues, summaries of 13 major laws, and a
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