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

FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 12, DECEMBER 1993

NEWS...
RESEARCH NEWS


Item #d93dec145

European climate research coordination was the main topic at a September meeting of scientists in Copenhagen organized in behalf of the European Community Commission. Recommendations for the direction of future research were made. These include more emphasis on socioeconomic impacts in physical and biological system research, and establishment of a European Climate Computer Network and an easily accessible climatic database. (See Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 761, Oct. 20 1993).


Item #d93dec146

"Bedtime Warming Baffles Climatologists," F. Pearce, New Scientist, p. 15, Nov. 20. Report of a meeting of climatologists (College Park, Maryland, Sep. 1993) where the main topic was the recently discovered rise in nighttime temperature. They concluded that the finding highlights the accuracy of current global climate models, but does not overthrow theories of global warming, as some have claimed.


Item #d93dec147

"Ancient Forests Muddy Global Warming Models," F. Pearce, New Scientist, pp. 6-7, Nov. 27. Report of a workshop for paleobotanists (Univ. East London, Nov. 1993). Current climate models cannot account for the existence of tropical forests in the Arctic about 60 million years ago, no matter what level of atmospheric CO2 is specified. Paleobotanists working in the Arctic could learn much more about past atmospheric changes, including the state of the ozone layer.


Item #d93dec148

"Long-Term NSF Network Urged to Broaden Scope," R. Stone, Science, pp. 334-335, Oct. 15. An outside panel has made recommendations for improving and broadening the scope of research based on the 18-site Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network in the U.S., such as taking account of human impacts on the sites. Also discusses a role for LTER in a National Biological Survey proposed by a National Research Council panel.


Item #d93dec152

Environmental impacts of the ocean disposal of CO2 is a topic that the U.S. Department of Energy is particularly interested in funding this year under its University Coal Research Program. Contact Donna Lebetz, Pittsburgh Energy Technol. Ctr., MS 921-118, POB 10940, Pittsburgh PA 15236.

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