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FROM VOLUME 7, NUMBER 7, JULY 1994
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treaty: At a June meeting in London, the chair of the U.N.
Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, Raśl Estrada-Oyuela,
accused scientists of backing away from the demands of the
climate convention, according to a report in New Scientist
(p. 5, June 11). The INC intends to make decisions on treaty
goals after the year 2000 at an August meeting. Because of delays
in peer review, the scientific guidance they expected to have by
then from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will not
appear until the fall.
report: A background paper issued by the U.S. Office of
Technology Assessment in June (see Reports) concludes that delays
in reducing greenhouse gas emissions could cut costs of control
with little adverse effect, although some qualifying conditions
apply. (See Intl. Environ. Rptr., 557-558, June 29; and
extensive discussions in Energy, Econ. & Clim. Change,
pp. 6-8, July, and Global Environ. Change Rep., pp. 1-3,
event index: The Global Warming International Center, which
organizes a yearly conference on science and policy, has
established an economic indicator based on estimates of economic
losses and fatalities associated with weather and climatic
extremes, such as last year's floods in the midwestern U.S. The
index and its relationship to climate change is discussed in an
editorial in the June 1994 issue of the Center's publication, World
Resource Review (pp. 157-158).
forest health: In correspondence to New Scientist (p.
47, July 16), authors of the report Forest Condition in Great
Britain, 1989 to 1992 point out that their conclusions are
consistent with earlier work reported by the Forest Authority,
contrary to statements in a June 18 New Scientist article.
(The article was summarized in the Regional Pollutant section of
the June GCCD.) The authors find that the role of air
pollution in forest health is probably small. Their report
suggests ways of separating the effects of different
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