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Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 10, OCTOBER 1992
GENERAL INTEREST AND POLICY
The Greenhouse Gambit: Industry Responses to Climate Change, D.
Cogan, 506 pp., Aug. 1992, $55 hbk./$45 pbk. + $5 shipping. Investor
Responsibility Res. Ctr., 1755 Massachusetts Ave. NW, S. 600, Washington DC
This major peer-reviewed study, funded largely by the Rockefeller
Foundation, finds that most American industries are taking a gamble on global
warming by adopting the Bush Administration's wait-and-see approach, and are
failing to hedge their bets. The gamble carries major risk, as the automobile
and electric power industries are falling behind global competitors in providing
technologies suitable for a greenhouse world, and the agriculture and forest
products industries may have difficulty adapting if climate patterns shift.
Examines the risks as well as the rewards facing these four industries if global
warming and the policies to address it become reality. Industries should use
market principles to spur the development of new technologies to offset climate
change, which could have benefits even if climate does not change.
Climate Change: Designing a Tradeable Permit System, 282 pp.,
Sep. 1992, $31/£18. OECD.
Contains technical papers discussed at the first of two expert workshops
organized by OECD on market-based approaches to reducing greenhouse gas
emissions. They draw on experience with tradeable permits systems in resolving
other environmental problems, and review key design problems likely to be
encountered. A second volume on the use of taxes is forthcoming.
Science Responds to Environmental Threats. 1. Country
Studies, 456 pp., $58/£32; 2. Synthesis Report, 142 pp., $18/£10.
Both Sep. 1992. OECD.
Results of a project on the responsiveness of scientific and technological
institutions to environmental change. The country studies, focusing on Austria,
Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the U.K.,
illustrate broader trends in the OECD area and provide data not usually
available to scientists, environmentalists and policy makers. Ozone depletion
and the greenhouse effect are major topics.
Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 1991 (WMO Global Ozone
Res. & Monitoring Proj. Rep. No. 25), 250 pp., 1992. Available from Ozone
Secretariat, World Meteor. Org., POB 2300, Geneva 10, Switz., or contact Earth
Sci. & Applic. Div., NASA, 300 E St. SW, Washington DC 20546. (See News
Notes, this GCCD issue--Oct. 1992.)
Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming: Mitigation, Adaptation, and
the Science Base, 944 pp., Aug. 1992, $89.95 + $3 shipping. Natl. Acad.
Press, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington DC 20418 (800-624-6242 or
202-334-3313). (See News Notes, this GCCD issue--Oct. 1992.)
Green Lights Program: The First Year (EPA/401/1-92/003), 22 pp.,
Feb. 1992. Available (no charge) from Green Lights Prog., Global Change Div.
(6202J), U.S. EPA, 401 M St. SW, Washington DC 20460 (202-775-6650).
Summarizes the program's success in encouraging major U.S. businesses,
governments and other organizations to use energy-efficient lighting. In the
first year, savings of 53 million pounds of CO2 emissions were achieved by 40
participants. Describes case studies, and assistance available to potential new
A Climate for Investment: How the U.S. Can Stabilize CO2 Emissions
through Profitable Measures the White House Already Supports, D.A. Lashof,
D.D. Doniger, 12 pp., Mar. 1992, no charge. Natural Resour. Defense Council,
1350 New York Ave. NW, S. 300, Washington DC 20005 (202-783-7800).
Analyzes emissions reductions that can be achieved by effectively
implementing a portion of the actions listed in the Bush Administration's
document, New U.S. Measures to Mitigate Climate Change, released during
the recent climate treaty negotiations. Finds that emissions could be stabilized
at 1990 levels by 2000, at a profit, and that the Administration's opposition to
binding CO2 targets is unwarranted.
Perspectives on Global Climate Change: A Review of the Adaptation and
Mitigation Approaches (ENR 92-09), P.M. Morrisette, 1992, $5. Resources for
the Future: RFF Publications, 1616 P St. NW, Washington DC 20036 (202-328-5086).
Two current, contrasting views of climate change, whether to adapt in the
future or mitigate change in the present, represent a polarization based more on
values than on the technical or conceptual merits of various policy options.
Discusses the background of these views and what they have in common. Suggests
the need for a new way of conceptualizing the problem that more fully captures
the range of perspectives.
Global Climate Change: State Policy Development Amid Scientific
Uncertainty, 41 pp., 1990, $10. Nat. Conf. of State Legislatures, 1560
Broadway, S. 700, Denver CO 80202 (303-830-2054).
Results of a two-year project. Summarizes selected state legislation on
issues such as energy efficiency and CFC regulation.
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