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FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 7-8, JULY-AUGUST 1993
Environmental Science: H uman-Environment Interactions," P.C. Stern (Comm.
Behavioral & Social Sci., Nat. Res. Council, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW,
Washington DC 20418), Science, 160(5116), 1897-1899, June 25,
Policy failures repeatedly result from faith in intuitively attractive but
mistaken ideas about human behavior. We need an environmental science
focused on human-environment interactions to complement the science of
environmental processes, by answering such questions as what forces drive
environmentally destructive human activities, and which interventions are most
effective for changing them. The recent National Research Council's
recommendations for human-environment global change research seem equally
appropriate for other areas of environmental science.
Protection or Imperialism?" Nature, 363(6431), 657-658,
June 24, 1993. A year after the Rio summit, there are reasons to suspect that
the generalization of environmental causes may place excessive burdens on very
"On the Many Facets
of Global Warming," O. Preining (Inst. Exp. Phys., Univ. Vienna,
Strudlhofgasse 4, 1090 Vienna, Austria), World Resour. Rev., 5(2),
156-170, June 1993. A wide ranging examination of such questions as possible
economic and political consequences, societal psychology, the challenge for
education, and needed changes in human behavior.
"The Need for
Scientific Communication with the Public," F.S. Rowland (Chem. Dept., Univ.
California, Irvine, Calif.), Science, 160(5114), 1571-1576, June
A speech delivered at the latest annual meeting of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), by the author, who chairs the AAAS board
of directors. Draws heavily on examples relating to stratospheric ozone
depletion and control of CFCs, including the "ozone backlash"
discussed in the commentary on p. 1580 of the same issue. (See News Notes.)
"Science's Real Role
in Policy Making," G.E. Brown Jr. (Chair, Committee on Sci., Space &
Technol., U.S. House of Representatives, Washington DC 20515), Chem. Eng.
News, 9-11, May 31, 1993.
Proposes a mechanism by which policymakers and scientists could work
together to design incremental, adaptive programs that can move policy goals
along evolving pathways; uses CFC control as one example.
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