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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999

FROM VOLUME 10, NUMBER 11, NOVEMBER 1997

REPORTS...
OF GENERAL INTEREST


Item #d97nov28

Common Questions About Climate Change, Oct. 1997. Published by UNEP and WMO (GCRIO). Printed booklet ready soon (request via e-mail: help@gcrio.org); also available online at http://www.gcrio.org/ipcc/qa/cover.html.

Answers some of the most commonly asked questions, including whether the earth has warmed, which human activities are contributing to climate change, and what effects these changes may have on humans and the environment.


Item #d97nov29

WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 1996 (WMO No. 858), 11 pp., 1997, $15 (WMO).

The fourth in the series. Focuses on the status of global climate change, based on information provided from climate centers in the U.S. and Europe. Discusses surface temperatures in comparison to 1995 and since 1860; ozone depletion; snow cover; El Niņo; and precipitation regimes.


Item #d97nov30

Global Climate Science Is Still Evolving (Working Paper 67), H.W. Ellsaesser, 24 pp., Oct. 1997 (CSAB).

The author, an atmospheric scientist, examines data on warming and cooling over the history of the Earth, concluding there is no evidence that humans are causing the current global warming. Despite pronouncements by some political leaders, policymakers are not being compelled to act on the basis of global warming science, which is still evolving.


Item #d97nov31

Vital Signs 1997: The Environmental Trends That Are Shaping Our Future, L.R. Brown, M. Renner, C. Flavin, June 1997, $12 (Worldwatch). Data also available on diskette; paper copy and Jan. 1998 diskette update included, $89.

Topics covered in this year's edition are energy, atmospheric and economic key indicators, and storm damage trends. Special features include forest loss, stratospheric ozone, and electric cars.


Item #d97nov32

Environment Matters at the World Bank--Annual Review, C. Fleming, Ed., 60 pp., Fall 1997 (World Bank).

Summarizes the World Bank's environmental work for Fiscal Year 1997 (July 1996 through June 1997). Chapters include "Ozone and the Montreal Protocol" and "Mainstreaming Climate Change."


Item #d97nov33

Environment Matters at the World Bank--World Bank Environmental Projects, July 1996-June 1997, 75 pp., Fall 1997 (World Bank).

Lists all projects, including those related to climate change and ozone depletion. Gives for each the title, cost, implementing agency, and task manager.


Item #d97nov34

Library of Congress briefing reports, produced by the Congressional Research Service, are available to the public only online through the National Library for the Environment at http://www.cnie.org. They are reviewed for technical soundness, objectivity and non-partisanship, and average 12 pages with summaries of one page or less. Titles include Global Climate Change, Nuclear Energy Policy; Energy Efficiency: Key To Sustainable Energy Use?; Gasoline Excise Tax--Historical Revenues; and Stratospheric Ozone Depletion: Implementation Issues.

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