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FROM VOLUME 7, NUMBER 2, FEBRUARY 1994
- GENERAL INTEREST - SCIENCE AND POLICY
Ice Age Cometh?" M.D. Lemonick, Time, 79-81, Jan. 31,
Recent cold weather in the U.S. is just a reminder that the
Earth's climate could turn colder at any time, as shown by
increasingly detailed ice core results from Greenland. It is
conceivable that the greenhouse effect could warm up the planet
for a while but then trigger a sudden chill.
Has All the Carbon Gone?" D. MacKenzie, New Scientist,
30-33, Jan. 8, 1994.
Fossil-fuel burning produces more CO2 than is known to remain
in the air or be absorbed by the ocean. Recent work suggests that
the missing carbon has been taken up by increased growth in
northern forests this century. The findings are consistent with
models that predict a carbon sink in the Northern Hemisphere. (A
shorter article on the same topic appears in Discover,
38-39, Dec. 1993.)
from Environ. Action, Winter 1994:
"Back Talk," B. Ruben, 11-16. Criticizes the many
recent "anti-environmental" news articles and books
that omit or twist facts, over-generalize, rely on old scientific
literature, or focus on a source that is obviously biased. Global
warming and ozone depletion are topics that have been especially
vulnerable to misinformation.
"A Long Way from Earth Day," B. Ruben, 34-36.
Reports on changes in the U.S. administration's policy on global
warming between Earth Day and October 1993, when President
Clinton announced his plan.
Doomsday Myths," S. Budiansky, U.S. News & World Rep.,
81-91, Dec. 13, 1993.
By exaggerating environmental dangers, activists have
undermined their credibility, and triggered an anti-environment
backlash. Discusses the scientific evidence for prevalent
"myths" regarding climate change, ozone depletion,
deforestation and biodiversity.
the Contrarians," M. Hager, Tomorrow, 10-13, 16-19,
Describes the most important scientists, economists and others
who question conventional wisdom (particularly on climate change
and ozone depletion), but who do not consider themselves
anti-environment. They want to ensure that solid science, not
public panic, underlies environmental policies and regulations,
and that the most pressing risks are the ones addressed.
in Our Planet, No. 5, 1993 (U.N. Environ. Prog., POB
30552, Nairobi, Kenya):
"The Global Environment Facility: Three Years On,"
M. Pyhälä, 4-7. The current restructuring, called for by Agenda
21 of the 1992 Earth Summit, is largely a response to criticism
from governments and NGOs. The highest decision making body will
be constituted by the participating governments. The GEF must
follow the requirements of the biodiversity and climate
conventions with regard to strategy, priorities and funding
"GEF in Action: Helping to Save Vietnam's
Biodiversity," J. Laird, 8-9.
Climate Review, Fall 1993. (Available at no charge from Dept.
Environ. Sci., Univ. Virginia, Charlottesville VA 22903.)
Includes a feature on clouds as Earth's thermoregulator, in
addition to editorials and research summaries for general
Rich Harvest from Halophytes," J. Douglas, EPRI Journal,
16-23, Oct./Nov. 1993 (Electric Power Res. Inst., POB 10412, Palo
Alto CA 94303).
These salt-tolerant plants are being investigated as an
alternative for removing and storing atmospheric CO2 and as a
nonfossil biofuel, as well as for other uses.
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