February 28, 2007
GCRIO Program Overview
Our extensive collection of documents.
Archives of the
Global Climate Change Digest
A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 7, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1994
PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS... OF GENERAL INTEREST: GENERAL AND POLICY
"Global Warming," M. Hulme (Clim. Res. Unit, Univ. E.
Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK), Prog. Phys. Geog., 18(3),
401-410, Sep. 1994.
A progress report on recent developments in three areas:
monitoring and explanation of current climate trends, global
climate modeling, and initial attempts to provide integrated
global assessments of the global warming question.
"Environmental Issues," C. Park (Dept. Geog., Lancaster
Univ., Lancaster LA1 4YB, UK), ibid., 411-424.
A review of developments in environmental management in the
post-Rio era, with an emphasis on the broader context of
environmental decision-making and emerging approaches to the
resolution of environmental conflicts.
"Climate and Food Supply," A.B. Pittock (CSIRO, Pvt.
Bag 1, Mordialloc, Victoria 3195, Australia), P. Whetton, Y.
Wang, Nature, 371(6492), 25, Sep. 1, 1994.
Letter presenting a more pessimistic interpretation of the
findings of Rosenzweig and Parry, than given by Reilly in a
previous article. (See GCCD, p. 2, Feb.)
"Renewable Energy: Economic and Environmental Issues,"
D. Pimentel (College Agric. & Life Sci., Cornell Univ.,
Ithaca NY 14853), G. Rodrigues et al., BioScience, 44(8),
536-547, Sep. 1994.
Analyzes the potential of various renewable or solar energy
technologies in terms of their land requirements, environmental
benefits and risks, economic costs, and advantages. Solar
alternatives to fossil fuels have the potential to meet a large
portion of future energy needs, provided that the U.S. is
committed to their development and implementation and that energy
conservation is practiced. The economy and national security will
suffer if such a commitment is not made in the next decade or
two. To ensure a reasonable standard of living in the future,
there must be a fair balance between human population density and
energy, land, water, and biological resources.
"Understanding Global Change: A Cognitive Perspective on
Communicating Through Stories," A.R. Kearney (Sch. Natural
Resour., Univ. Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109), Clim. Change, 27(4),
419-441, Aug. 1994.
Human behavior must be changed to ameliorate the adverse
effects of global change, but communicating the understanding
necessary for this to happen has not been easy. This paper
proposes that information on global change is not generally
structured to take advantage of the way people process
information. It discusses the cognitive processes involved in the
acquisition of information in general, and the special problems
associated with global change. Suggests case studies or analogies
as one effective structure for presenting information. The
discussion also applies to scientists who wish to effectively
communicate their ideas to the media or to researchers in other
Climatic and Environmental Protection Strategy, the Road Toward a
Sustainable Future--An Editorial Essay," W. Bach (Clim. Res.
Unit., Univ. Muenster, D-48149 Muenster, Ger.), ibid., 27(2),
147-160, June 1994.
The overuse of fossil fuels, especially in the North, and the
overpopulation in many parts of the South result in an
unacceptable stress to Earth. Presents a tractable climatic and
environmental protection strategy designed to answer questions
relating to what has to be done, by whom, when, and how. Includes
discussion of Germany's program for reducing CO2 emissions.
Without self restraint, climate and ecosystem protection cannot
"Monitoring and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from
Agricultural, Forestry and Other Human Activities," S. Boag
(Dept. Primary Industry, GPO Box 858, Canberra, ACT 2600,
Australia), D.H. White, S.M. Howden, ibid., 27(1),
5-11, May 1994.
(This paper introduces a special issue on the topic; see next
section for other titles.) A holistic systems approach requires
that the major inputs, components and outputs of agriculture and
forestry are defined, through mathematical modeling of biological
processes, field and laboratory experiments, and satellite data.
Such an approach can have a significant role in guiding key
decision makers and policy analysts, and in attaining sustainable
on the article "Climate Con" (GCCD, p. 2, June)
by J. Houghton (Co-Chair, IPCC Scientific Assessment), Chem.
& Industry, pp. 438 & 449, June 20, 1994; reply by
author R. Bate, ibid., p. 578, Aug. 1.
Schools of the Pacific Rainfall Climate Experiment: Combining
Research and Education," S. Postawko (Sch. Meteor., Univ.
Oklahoma, 100 E. Boyd St., Norman OK 73019), M. Morrissey, B.
Gibson, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 75(7), 1260-1266,
This project, begun primarily to increase measurement of
rainfall across the Pacific at a relatively low cost, involves
interested local schools and technical centers. The quality and
quantity of data, which are added to the Comprehensive Pacific
Rainfall Data Base, are enhanced by the active involvement of
students, and their understanding of global and regional climate
Guide to Publishers
Index of Abbreviations