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The following are related to the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) to be held in Rio de Janiero in June. See also Reports/Earth Summit, this GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST issue--Apr. 1992.

"Earth Summit Raises Expectations," Nature, p. 1, Mar. 5, 1992. Editorial arguing that the conference is more likely to succeed if political and financial realities are recognized.

"UNCED Meeting, Ozone-Depleting Substances Top International Environmental Agenda for 1992," Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 54 ff., Jan. 29, 1992. A lengthy special report.

"A New Science for a New Age," T. O'Riordan, New Scientist, p. 14, Jan. 25, 1992. Comment on the "new science" needed to support sustainable development in the next century; it must effectively integrate aspects of the natural and social sciences.

"Strong Calls for Global Guardians," D. MacKenzie, ibid., p. 16. Maurice Strong, head of the Earth Summit, thinks one of its most important outcomes could be an "Earth Council" of scientists and other experts.

Amicus Journal, Winter 1992, contains a special 15-page Earth Summit section with several articles.

"PrepCom 3: Preparing for UNCED," S. Collett, Environment, Jan./Feb. 1992, pp. 3-5, 45. Discusses progress on the Earth Charter and Agenda 21 through the third preparatory meeting last August.

"North-South Showdown," J. Kirwin, Tomorrow, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 90-93, 1991. (Tomorrow Media Kungsgaten 27, S-111 56 Stockholm, Swed.) Discusses the disputes between developing and industrialized countries that have characterized Earth Summit preparations from the start.

Earth Summit: UN Spectacle with a Cast of Thousands (see Reports/Earth Summit, this GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST issue--Apr. 1992.).

Introductory Guide to the Earth Summit contains background on UNCED, its organization, and opportunities for citizen participation. Copies are available for $2 from U.S. Citizen's Network on UNCED, 300 Broadway, S. 39, San Francisco CA 94133 (415-956-6162).

The People's Alliance for the Earth Summit was formed in February by 50 activist grassroots groups in the U.S. to influence the final preparatory meeting held in New York (Feb. 29-Apr. 2). More than 40 events were scheduled during the meeting. (224 E. 7th St., #11, New York NY 10009; 212-353-0269).

EcoNet is one of the most useful of several computer networks for keeping abreast of Earth Summit developments, according to an article on available networks in World Watch (pp. 5-7, Jan.-Feb., 1992).

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