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FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 7, JULY 1992
CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS: SOCIOECONOMIC
"An Empirical Study of the Economic Effects of Climate Change on
World Agriculture," S. Kane (Econ. Res. Serv., U.S. Dept. Agric., 1301 New
York Ave. NW, Washington DC 20005), J. Reilly, J. Tobey, Clim. Change,
21(1), 17-35, May 1992.
For two alternative crop response scenarios, estimates changes in the prices
of agricultural commodities resulting from changes in yields, and changes in
economic welfare following altered world patterns of agricultural production and
consumption. Under both scenarios, the effects on national economic welfare are
found to be generally modest. Increased prices diminish the benefits from
climate change that some countries with predicted positive yield effects would
"Physical Impacts of Climate Change," J. Skea (SPRU, Univ.
Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, UK), Energy Policy, 20(3), 269-272,
Climatic change will alter energy demand and supply. In the U.K., space
heating will be reduced. Energy supply will be affected through altered
precipitation, storminess and cloudiness, but the way these parameters might
change cannot yet be predicted.
Two items from Global Environ. Change, 1(5), Dec. 1991:
"Vulnerability to Hunger in Africa: A Climate Change Perspective,"
T.E. Downing (Environ. Change, Univ. Oxford, Oxford OX1 3TB, UK), 365-380.
Presents a new approach to assessing climate change impacts on food
supplies, based on the concept of vulnerability to hunger. Several measures of
vulnerability are explored using research data and published case studies. An
initial synthesis of data is illustrated for Africa.
"Global Warming and Climate Change in Mexico," D.M. Liverman
(Dept. Geog., Pennsylvania State Univ., Univ. Pk. PA 16802), K.L. O'Brien,
Climate models suggest that global warming could on the whole bring warmer,
drier conditions to Mexico. Soil moisture and water availability may decrease
over much of Mexico with serious consequences for rainfed and irrigated
agriculture, urban and industrial water supplies, hydropower and ecosystems.
However, model projections for Mexico are very uncertain.
"The MINK Project: A New Methodology for Identifying Regional
Influences of, and Responses to, Increasing Atmospheric CO2 and Climate Change,"
N.J. Rosenberg (Resour. for the Future, 1616 P St. NW, Washington DC 20036),
P.R. Crosson, Environ. Conserv., 18(4), 313-322, Winter 1991.
Describes approach used and results of a study of the impacts of climate
change on the total economy of the region consisting of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska
and Kansas, and possible responses to change. (See GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
DIGEST, Reports/Impacts, Oct. 1991.)
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