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FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 3, MARCH 1995
studies workshops: The U.S. Country Studies Program has
scheduled a dozen workshops worldwide in 1995, to promote
understanding of global climate change impacts and response
strategies among developing countries and countries with
economies in transition. Topics reflect the three major
components of the studies being carried out in about 50
individual countries: emission inventories, vulnerability and
adaptation, and mitigation. Workshops will bring together
researchers conducting country studies, policy makers, experts in
the field and others interested in global change. Attendance is
somewhat limited, but is not by invitation only; abstracts
of suitable papers will be considered. A workshop to be held in
May in Russia was announced in CALENDAR last month; four others
scheduled for May and June are listed in this month's CALENDAR.
Later workshops will be held in Mexico, Tanzania, the Czech
Republic and South Korea. In addition, the program will convene
an International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation.
For program information (including a publications list) contact
U.S. Country Studies Mgmt. Team (PO-63), 1000 Independence Ave.
SW, Washington DC 20585 (tel: 202 426 1628; fax: 202 426 1540;
joint implementation: Seven projects accepted for the U.S.
Initiative on Joint Implementation were announced by the State
Department on Feb. 3. Those involving U.S. companies and foreign
governments include forest management in Belize, a wind power
plant in Costa Rica, afforestation in Russia, and an energy
efficiency project in the Czech Republic. The projects met
criteria for selection, including the approval of the host
country and plans for monitoring emissions reductions achieved.
Contact USIJI Secretariat, 600 Maryland Ave. SW, S. 200 E.,
Washington DC 20585 (tel: 202 426 0072; fax: 202 426 1540).
the World Warming or Not?" R.A. Kerr, Science, p.
612, Feb. 3. Conflicting answers to this question that have
appeared lately in popular publications are premature, according
to climate researchers, whether based on the 15-year record of
satellite-measured temperatures, or the much longer instrumental
Niņo Goes Critical," B. Wuethrich, New Scientist,
pp. 32-35, Feb. 4. A lengthy examination of the recent increase
in frequency of El Niņo events in the equatorial Pacific and
associated alterations in world weather patterns. Looks at
whether there is a connection to greenhouse warming. One of the
studies mentioned is by Graham, listed in PROF. PUBS./GEN.
"Debate over Free Exchange of Data Roils Geophysical
World," J. Wakefield, Eos, p. 65, Feb. 14. Some
scientists fear that the century-old tradition of free,
international exchange of meteorological data may be in jeopardy.
How this issue plays out may be a bellwether for the handling of
other types of environmental data. The issue will dominate a
Congress of the World Meteorological Organization that begins in
Geneva May 30.
"California Report Sets Standard for Comparing Risks,"
R. Stone, Science, p. 214, Oct. 14. A report on relative
environmental risks, including a new category based on such
intangibles as peace of mind. For example, increased levels of
greenhouse gases may pose modest health or ecological risks, but
may pose high risks to social welfare. (See REPORTS section in Global
Climate Change Digest, Feb. 1995.)
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