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FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 6, JUNE 1995

NEWS...
NEW PUBLICATIONS


Item #d95jun120

Three publications, intended to influence the perceptions of policy makers and other professionals as well as the public on climate or environmental change by communicating scientific information, have been launched in the U.S. in 1995.

Consequences began quarterly publication this spring with funding by NOAA, NASA and NSF, and is edited by John Eddy of Saginaw Valley State University (University Center, Michigan 48710). Articles are commissioned from working scientists in the U.S. or elsewhere who have expertise in the topic involved, with the selection of topics and authors guided by a scientific advisory board. Manuscripts are reviewed by independent experts chosen to "represent an appropriate spectrum of opinion." The first issue contains three articles, each about ten pages long. An article concerning U.S. climate trends is the first Professional Publications entry in this issue of Global Climate Change Digest. The next issue of Consequences will have articles on ozone depletion impacts and on climate change and food supply. Request subscriptions (no charge) from the editor by mail, fax (517 652 8772), or Internet (jeddy@tardis.svsu.edu). Articles may also be accessed on the Internet through either: telnet gopher.gcrio.org, or gopher.gcrio.org.

Global Change is published bimonthly by the University of Maryland Center for Global Change, which offers free subscriptions to the printed version. (Address: Exec. Bldg., S. 401, 7100 Baltimore Ave., College Park MD 20740; tel: 301 403 4165; fax: 301 403 4292.) Financial support comes from federal agencies (DOS, DOE, EPA). Editor Nicholas Sundt (tel/fax: 202 547 0850; Internet: editor@globalchange.org), formerly editor of Energy, Economics & Climate Change, also maintains an electronic edition on the World Wide Web (http://solstice.crest.org). Articles appear first in the electronic edition, which includes material not found in the printed version as well as links to other sources on the Web.

In the first issue (July 1995), executive editor Irving Mintzer explains that Global Change will cover the latest scientific, economic and policy developments, with an emphasis on climate change and ozone depletion, highlighting the implications of research results for public policy and private investments. The goal is to "provide balanced and objective information promoting sustainable development through the creation of responsible public policy and profitable, environmentally-sound, long-term investments." The 20-page issue contains over a dozen short analyses of topics including the Berlin climate conference, reviews of recent and unusual weather, emission trends, budget cuts to the U.S. climate program, and "IPCC Chairman Bert Bolin Takes On the Skeptics."

World Climate Report will be published every two weeks beginning late this summer by the Western Fuels Association, which represents businesses that supply fuel to electric utilities (1625 M St. NW, Washington DC 20036; tel: 202 463 6580; fax: 202 223 8790). The editor will be Patrick Michaels of the University of Virginia, a well-known greenhouse skeptic who also edits the quarterly the new World Climate Review. The content of World Climate Report will be similar, but is intended to respond speedily to global warming stories as they break in the popular and scientific press, providing "quick, quantitative and scientifically literate responses." In a Western Fuels press release announcing the new publication, Michaels attacks the Consequences article on climate trends mentioned above, arguing that if the authors had compared daytime as well as nighttime temperatures with model forecasts of global warming, they would have found a poor correspondence.

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