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Socioeconomic Impacts of Climate Variations and Policy Responses in Brazil, A.R. Magalhaes, M.H. Glantz, Eds., 156 pp., Jan. 1992. Available from Esquel Brazil Found., SAS Q. 06, Bl. L, Ed. ASCB, Conj. 801A, 70070, Brasilia DF, Brazil.

Describes a study to better understand the direct and indirect interactions between climate and society in Brazil, excluding the Amazon region. Various regions of the country are highly vulnerable to the hazards of climate variability; this vulnerability has been increasing because of human mismanagement of natural resources and the environment. Fourteen case studies are assessed, including those relating to the salt industry, agriculture, electric power, drought, flood and freeze.

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Climate Change Scenario for Australia, Jan. 1992. Contact Div. Atmos. Res., CSIRO, Pvt. Bag 1, Mordialloc, Vic. 3195, Australia (tel: +61 03 586 7666). In coastal areas, a 1° -3° C warming above 1990 levels and a 2-10 cm sea-level rise are predicted. Examines potential rainfall changes.

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The Greenhouse Effect: Regional Implications for Western Australia. Annual Report, 1990-91, R.J. Allan, C.D. Mitchell, A.B. Pittock, 72 pp. + appendices, Mar. 1992. Contact Environ. Protect. Authority, 38 Mounts Bay Rd., Perth, 6000 Australia (tel: 09 222 7000).

Among the new findings relating to Western Australia are: rainfall intensities may increase over most of Australia; the return periods for heavy rain events may decrease and this would have serious implications related to floods; the future trend in total winter rainfall in southwestern Australia remains uncertain. On agriculture: the benefits of increased CO2 concentrations for wheat may be counteracted by more rapid maturation under warmer conditions.

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The Potential Socio-Economic Effects of Climate Change, M.L. Parry, A. Magalhaes, N.H. Ninh, 1991. Contact Global Environ. Monit. Syst., UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya (fax: 254 2 22 68 91).

A report on five developing countries (Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam), which predicts several adverse impacts from potential climate change. These impacts include more severe drought in Brazil's dry northeastern section, drought damage in the Mekong River delta of Vietnam, declining production of Indonesian maize and shrimp.

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