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FROM VOLUME 10, NUMBER 11, NOVEMBER 1997
BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
GENERAL INTEREST AND POLICY
Global Warming: The Complete Briefing, 2nd ed., J.T. Houghton, 267
pp., 1997, $59.95/£35 hbk., $44.95/£12.95 pbk. (Cambridge
Explores the scientific basis for global warming and the likely impacts
of climate change on the environment and on political structures. The
second edition features the findings of the 1995 IPCC assessment. To
facilitate its use in the classroom, questions at the ends of chapters are
Global Warming Yearbook: 1996, L. Arris, 261 pp., 1997,
Consists of a year's worth of over 270 articles on this topic from Global
Environ. Change Rep. A companion volume to the Ozone Depletion
Yearbook, together they contain all articles on both subjects.
CO2 Abatement and Economic Structural Change in the
European Internal Market, F. Hoster, H. Welsch, C. Böhringer, 197
pp., 1997, $63 (Springer).
Analyzes the interaction between CO2 abatement, economic
structural change, and completion of the European Internal Market. Results
of simulations indicate that the effects of measures to reduce European CO2
emissions depend considerably on the structure of the electricity supply
Reviews of Previous Entries: General Interest and Policy
The Heat Is On: The High Stakes Battle over Earth's Threatened Climate,
R. Gelbspan, 1997, 278 pp., $23 (Addison-Wesley).
Reviewed by J.S. Perry in Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., pp.
2250-2251, Oct. 1997. The book exposes the relentless, lavishly-funded,
and surprisingly influential disinformation campaign mounted by certain
fuel industry groups to discredit the international scientific consensus
on global warming. However, when the author ventures onto shakier ground
(an apocalyptic future resulting from rising greenhouse gases) the book
loses effectiveness. Although sadly flawed, this book should be
thoughtfully but discriminatingly read by anyone concerned with he future
of this planet and the mechanisms by which we are managing it.
Also reviewed by T. O'Riordan in Nature, pp. 685-686, Oct. 16,
1997, who calls the book a marvelously readable but devastatingly candid
account of the brutal politics of debunking the scientific method by the
opulent vested interests of the fossil fuel lobby.
Policy Making in an Era of Global Environmental Change, R.E. Munn
et al., Eds., US$49.50 (Kluwer).
Reviewed by S.A. Chagnon in Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., p. 1198,
June 1997. Written in a "user-friendly" style, this book
achieves its aim of assisting understanding between scientists and policy
makers, and presents many complex scientific issues in easily understood
Global Warming: The Truth Behind the Myth, M.L. Parsons, 271 pp.,
1995, $27.95 (Plenum).
Reviewed by W. Washington in Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., pp.
2019-2020, Sep. 1997. Although the book is written with the strong
endorsement of several skeptics of global warming, and the reviewer does
not agree with the book's goal of examining "the hysteria generated
by overreaction to scientific speculation..," he states that it is
important that all views on this issue must be expressed. Washington takes
issue with the suggestion that the scientific community is involved in a
grand conspiracy of deceit. The book uses quotes and statements out of
context that are rampant in many media treatments of global warming;
readers should consult the original sources rather than relying on what is
stated in this book.
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