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Item #d92apr64

After the Earth Summit: The Future of Environmental Governance (Worldwatch Paper 107), H.F. French, 62 pp., Mar. 1992, $5. Worldwatch Inst., 1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036 (202-452-1999).

Concludes that international laws and institutions will need to be vastly strengthened if the world is to solve today's environmental problems. Urges negotiators at the final UNCED preparatory meeting to lay the necessary groundwork.

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"Earth Summit": UN Spectacle with a Cast of Thousands (Contemp. Issues Ser. 50), M. Weidenbaum, 18 pp., Mar. 1992, no charge. Ctr. Study Amer. Business, Campus Box 1208, Washington Univ., St. Louis MO 63130 (314-935-5630).

Ignorance of basic economic analysis pervades the explanatory materials issued by the Earth Summit planners; they have overlooked the price system, a far more effective allocator of scarce resources than politicized decision making.

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Compact for a New World Dialogue, 26 pp., Oct. 1991, no charge. Available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish from Katy Perry, World Resour. Inst., 1709 New York Ave. NW--7th Fl., Washington DC 20006 (202-662-2535).

A North-South compact written by representatives of 12 countries to help move governments of the Western Hemisphere toward the international commitments needed to secure economic development that is environmentally and socially equitable. Includes initiatives on forestry, energy, science and technology, and five other topics.

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International Environment: International Agreements Are Not Well Monitored (GAO/RCED-92-43), 60 pp., Jan. 1992. First five copies free; additional $2 ea. U.S. General Accounting Office, POB 6015, Gaithersburg MD 20877 (202-275-6241).

Evaluates whether agreements of the past 20 years such as those on acid rain and marine pollution have been specific enough to allow implementation to be measured, whether parties are reporting required information, and how agreements are monitored. Proposes measures for strengthening monitoring and implementation.

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