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FROM VOLUME 7, NUMBER 6, JUNE 1994
PERIODICALS... GENERAL INTEREST AND POLICY
Aerosol and Climatic Change," R.J. Charlson, T.M.L. Wigley, Scientific
American, 270(2), 48-57, Feb. 1994.
Sulfur compounds counteract global warming by reflecting
sunlight to space. However, distribution of anthropogenic sulfate
aerosols is uneven. Because they are found in specific parts of
the Northern Hemisphere, global warming will proceed unabated in
the Southern Hemisphere and in rural parts of the Northern
We Stand, Divided We Fall," H. Sharan,New Scientist,
39-40, Apr. 2, 1994.
Looks at the parameters of sustainability: time, consumption
and population. The world has 40-50 years to stabilize greenhouse
gases before risking irreversible climate change;
over-consumption will cause serious instabilities over the next
100 years; population growth is advancing to a point beyond its
carrying capacity. The northern and southern nations must take
simultaneous actions on all three fronts.
The Final Frontier," S. Nadis, ibid., 28-31, Feb. 5,
Introduces "terraforming," changing a planet's
atmosphere to make it fit for humans. On Mars the process would
involve factories to produce greenhouse gases, spreading Martian
soil over polar caps to reduce reflectance of sunlight, and
orbital mirrors to direct sunlight towards the poles. Initial
warming would allow release of trapped CO2, creating a positive
issue: Coal Voice (Natl. Coal Assoc., 1130 17th St.
NW, Washington DC 20036), 17(1), Winter 1994:
"Earth Worship," C. Adamec, 19-22. Traces the growth
of religious environmentalism.
"Understanding the Global Decisionmaker," R.
Reinstein, 23-27. Discusses the role of the United Nations in
debating and implementing policies regarding climate change.
"A Free Lunch," A. Gerson, 28-29. Explains why
international climate treaties could hurt the coal industry.
"The Global Compromise," C. Holmes, 30-33. Reports
on the status of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
"The Cold Facts on Global Warming," S. Baliunas,
34-35. Points out discrepancies in global warming theory and
problems with using the theory as a basis for policy.
items in Our Planet (UNEP, POB 30552, Nairobi, Kenya), 6(1),
1994, regarding problems faced by small island nations.
"Power to the Small," G. Lean, 4-5. Reports on the
formation of the 36-member Alliance of Small Island States,
launched at the Second World Climate Conference in Geneva,
and some of its successes.
"Danger in 'Paradise'," S. Ramphal, 6-7. Among the
dangers are climate change and sea level rise. Calls on all
nations to share the responsibility of moving towards
"Insuring Against Disaster," J. Leggatt, 22-23.
Small island nations could utilize the insurance-pool scheme
proposed by the Alliance of Small Island States. The main
greenhouse-gas emitters would pay into an insurance pool, from
which claims would be drawn once sea level rise reaches a certain
Climate Review, Winter 1994. (Available at no charge from
Dept. Environ. Sci., Univ. Virginia, Charlottesville VA 22903.)
Includes "Voluntary Cooling" (pp. 14-16), on the
Climate Change Action Plan released by President Clinton and Vice
President Gore in October, and "Science by Press
Release" (pp. 23-24), on biased and erroneous science
reporting by the media .
Fathers' Toxic Sins," W. Stigliani, W. Salomons, New
Scientist, 38-42, Dec. 11, 1993.
Changes in temperature and rainfall would affect elemental
cycles linked to soil properties. This in turn would alter the
way soils and sediments adsorb and release toxic materials.
on the Coast: Coastal Erosion's Influencing Factors Include
Development, Dams, Wells, and Climate Change," D.G. Aubrey, Oceans,
5-9, Summer 1993.
Looks at potential global-change effects on coastal erosion:
sea level rise, coastal storms, altered sediment delivery, and
destruction of coral reefs. Suggests that guidelines for
mitigation be developed by an international body such as the U.N.
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