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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999

FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 6, JUNE 1992

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Decision makers' uncertainties regarding climate change were the focus of a joint federal-private sector project reported in May 1992. The conclusions reached are based in part on experience with the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program (NAPAP), the largest policy-oriented research program conducted in the U.S. apart from climate change. (See Reports/General Interest, this GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST issue--June 1992.) The successes and shortcomings of NAPAP were recently assessed by Ralph Perhac, formerly with the Electric Power Research Institute. (See Reports/General Interest, this GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST issue--June 1992.)


Item #d92jun105

U.S. emissions forecast: A U.S. Department of State analysis concludes that existing federal programs will go a long way toward stabilizing carbon dioxide emissions at 1990 levels by the year 2000, with little new expenditure and without new programs. (See U.S. Views on Climate Change, Reports/General Interest, this GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST issue--June 1992.) The document describes the basis of the U.S. negotiating position at the May climate treaty talks. See Chem. Eng. News, pp. 4-5, May 4, 1992; Global Environ. Change Rep., pp. 1-3, May 8.


Item #d92jun106

U.S. emissions cap: Legislation introduced to the House of Representatives April 2 by Rep. Henry A. Waxman and 104 other House members would require the U.S. to stabilize CO2 emissions at 1990 levels. See Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 197, Apr. 8, 1992. Senator Albert Gore introduced a bill with a similar goal in early May.


Item #d92jun107

British Columbia has issued a set of reports on greenhouse gases in connection with development of its Clean Air Strategy, by an interagency group led by the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. (See Reports/States and Provinces, this GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST issue--June 1992.) The strategy will also address ozone depletion as well as regional and local problems, as described in the summary booklet Ensuring Clean Air. Public and industry input is being solicited through fall 1992 after which a draft strategy will be presented for comment.

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