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FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 3, MARCH 1995

BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
GENERAL INTEREST AND POLICY


Item #d95mar64

Global Warming and Energy Demand, T. Barker, P. Ekins, N. Johnstone, Eds., 240 pp., Dec. 1994, $69.95/£40 hbk, $24.95/£14.99 pbk (Routledge).

Considers the responsiveness of energy markets to economic controls, as a contribution to assessing the feasibility of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Addresses both aggregate energy elasticities and those for individual fuels with different carbon contents. Emphasizes the importance of distinguishing between long- and short-run elasticities.


Item #d95mar65

Negotiating Climate Change: The Inside Story of the Rio Convention, I.M. Mintzer, J.A. Leonard, Eds., 392 pp., 1994, $16.95 (Cambridge, for Stockholm Environ. Inst.).

Explores the key events, initiatives and decisions that led to the signing of the Climate Convention, and the lessons learned concerning practical and equitable agreements. Includes a survey of the personal recollections of key participants .


Item #d95mar66

Global Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Mitigation Strategies, C.V. Mathai, G. Stensland, Eds., 1994, $65 members/$95 nonmembers (AWMA).

Proceedings from a conference (1994, Phoenix) that includes 115 papers on: trends; emissions; climate processes; modeling; ecological, social and economic impacts; integrated risk assessment; policy and mitigation.


Item #d95mar67

Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases: Why and How to Control? J. van Ham, L.J.H.M. Janssen, R.J. Swart, Eds., 588 pp., 1994, $189 (Kluwer).

Proceedings of an international symposium (1993, Maastrict, Neth.) focusing on methane, nitrous oxide, CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs, and tropospheric ozone and its precursors. Includes sources and sinks, atmospheric measurements, OECD/IPCC methodology for emission inventories, modeling of global budgets, mitigation and policy.


Item #d95mar68

Global Environmental Issues: A Climatological Approach, 2nd Ed., D.D. Kemp, 224 pp., Dec. 1994, $59.95 hbk./$19.95 pbk. (Routledge).

Analyzes both the societal and environmental components of global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain and drought through an integrative approach, emphasizing their climatological dimension. This updated edition includes a new section on atmospheric modeling, and a glossary.


Item #d95mar69

Scarcity or Abundance? A Debate on the Environment, N. Myers, J.L. Simon, 254 pp., 1994, $21/£16.95 (Norton).

Based on a debate (1992, New York). On one side, Simon argues that the future will be even better than the present, and that uncertainty about global warming indicates that it is not a problem. On the other side, Myers, who respects the claims of scientists, believes the future of the planet is in the balance, and that the climate will warm. Reviewed by S. Pimm in Nature, pp. 512-513, Dec. 8, 1994.


Item #d95mar70

Worst Things First? The Debate over Risk-Based National Environmental Priorities, A.M. Finkel, D. Golding, Eds., 336 pp., Oct. 1994, $45 (Resources for the Future).

Presents papers from a 1992 Resources for the Future conference where EPA described its plans for risk-based planning, solicited suggestions for improving methods, and heard opposing views on the importance of risk assessment.


Item #d95mar71

Environmental Values in American Culture, W. Kempton, J.S. Boster, J.A. Hartley, 320 pp., Mar. 1995, $39.95 (MIT).

Investigates the breach between experts and the public, and how underlying values shape and sometimes misdirect public reaction to environmental policies. One chapter focuses on cultural models of weather and the atmosphere, including global warming.


Item #d95mar72

The President's Scientists: Reminiscences of a White House Science Advisor, D.A. Bromley, 273 pp., 1994, $30 (Yale).

Sees science as becoming increasingly politicized, but also sees improved communication between the Office of Science & Technology, and the federal agencies and Congress. Condemns the funding of projects without normal peer review. Believes that science and technology are an integral part of international relations, and that the science adviser must provide the best objective technical advice. Reviewed extensively by M.C. LaFollette in Chem. Eng. News, pp. 35-37, Jan. 30, 1995.


Item #d95mar73

Eco-Sanity: A Common-Sense Guide to Environmentalism, J.L. Bast, P.J. Hill, R.C. Rue, Eds., 317 pp., 1994, $12.95 pbk/$22.95 hbk (National Book Network).

Objects to the excesses of the environmental movement, and makes light of environmental "crises," including global warming and ozone depletion. A review by J.P. Lodge Jr. in Atmos. Environ., 29(1), pp. 143-144, 1995, includes an exchange with the book's author.


Item #d95mar74

The Day Before America: Changing the Nature of a Continent, W.H. MacLeish, 215 pp., Sept. 1994, $21.95 (Houghton Mifflin).

An essay for general readers on the impacts of human intervention on the North American environment, beginning at the close of the last ice age. One chapter examines the probabilities of global warming and its likely effects. Reviewed by J. Brunner in New Scientist, p. 52, Nov. 19, 1994.

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