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FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 12, DECEMBER 1993
GENERAL INTEREST AND POLICY
Preparing for an Uncertain Climate--Summary (OTA-O-563), U.S. Off.
Technol. Assessment, 63 pp., Sep. 1993 (released Dec. 1993). For free copy or
information on the full report contact OTA, U.S. Congress, Washington DC 20510
Examines the ability of natural-resource-based systems (coastal areas, water
resources, agriculture, wetlands, preserved lands, forests) to adapt to climate
change. Considers means by which adaptation can be enhanced by public policy
(modifying management, advancing research and technology, disseminating
information, legislative actions).
The more than 100 policy options suggested take account of the great
uncertainty involved, and address four major concerns: geographical and
institutional fragmentation, inadequate communication of climate risk, the lack
of contingency planning, and science or policy information gaps. A subset of
options are identified as potential "first steps" because, for
example, they address urgent issues that bear on future decisions or are
beneficial because of reasons unrelated to climate change.
Concludes that the $1.4 billion U.S. Global Change Program, in its present
form, will not provide decision makers with the information necessary for
responding to climate change. Emphasizing physical science, it does not address
natural resource management or ecosystem-level effects, and does not provide
practical policy guidelines for mitigation or adaptation.
Joint Statement on Population by the World's Scientific Academies,
15 pp., Oct. 1993. Drafted by the U.S. Nat. Acad. of Sci., Royal Soc. London,
Swedish Acad. Sci., and Indian Nat. Sci. Acad. (See News.) Available in the U.S.
from Intl. Off., Nat. Res. Council, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington DC
Abandoned Seas: Reversing the Decline of the Oceans (Worldwatch
Paper 116), P. Weber, 66 pp., Nov. 1993, $5.00 + $3 shipping. Worldwatch Inst.,
1776 Mass. Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036 (202-452-1999).
Chemical and other forms of pollution threaten the health of ocean
ecosystems, in turn threatening the biological pump by which marine
photosynthesis absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, releases oxygen, and
helps to maintain climate stability. Discusses how to set priorities for local,
regional and global action by drawing links between ocean protection and the
broader goals of sustainable development.
State of the World 1994, L.R. Brown et al., 350 pp., Jan. 1994,
$10.95. Available in 27 languages, or on computer disk with added data for $89.
Worldwatch Inst. (address immed. above).
Topics covered in this eleventh annual installment include redesigning the
forest economy, reshaping the power industry, reinventing transport, rebuilding
the World Bank, salvaging the seas, and computing for the Earth.
Cross-Border Technology Transfer To Eliminate Ozone-Depleting
Substances, Nat. Acad. Eng., 95 pp., 1992, no charge. Nat. Acad. Eng. Prog.
Off. (NAS 049), 2101 Constitution Ave., Washington DC 20418 (202-334-1650).
Based on an international workshop (Irvine, Calif., Apr. 1991). Identifies
many issues discussed concerning impediments to technology transfer, and
presents various perspectives and suggestions from the meeting.
Environmental Indicator Bulletin--Stratospheric Ozone Depletion
(SOE Bull. 93-2), 4 pp., Nov. 1993. No charge from State of the Environ.
Reporting--Publications, Environ. Canada, Ottawa ON K1A 0H3, Can. (fax:
Concise update of the Canadian supply of ozone-depleting substances, global
atmospheric concentrations of CFC-11 and CFC-12, stratospheric ozone levels over
Canada in recent years, and related information.
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