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FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1995
December 16, the secretariat for the Framework Convention on
Climate Change reported that 15 major industrialized countries
had submitted national reports on their efforts to limit
greenhouse gases. About half of them expect greenhouse emissions
will increase in the absence of new measures; the others expect
emissions to stabilize or decline by the year 2000 (as currently
recommended in the convention). (See Intl. Environ. Rptr.,
pp. 6-7, Jan. 11 1995.)
The most recent conference of the Center for Environmental
Information (Washington, D.C., Dec. 1994) focused on national
action plans under the convention. Concern that many industrial
countries (including the U.S.) may not even meet the short-term
goals of the convention was a major theme. Despite this, at least
three proposals to further tighten the convention requirements
will probably be made at the first Conference of Parties, to be
held in Berlin in March.
Less than half of the 36 industrial countries required to
submit national reports had done so by the September 15 deadline
of the convention, according to Jonathan Pershing of the U.S.
State Department. Other speakers at the CEI conference emphasized
that energy use in the developing countries will soon overwhelm
anything the industrialized countries do in the short term. John
Topping of the Climate Institute called for drastic and immediate
technology transfer as the only way to check this future
contribution to greenhouse emissions. A general account of the
conference appears in Chem. Eng. News, pp. 28-29, Dec. 19.
Information on national reports and other aspects of the
convention, including a quarterly Climate Change Bulletin,
are available from the Info. Unit on Climate Change, UNEP, Geneva
Executive Ctr., CP 356, 1219 Châtelaine, Switz., in paper form
or on the Internet.
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