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FROM VOLUME 11, NUMBER 8, AUGUST 1998
RECENT BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS
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contact publisher for details and additional information on content.
Publishers are named in parentheses at the end of each citation. In most
cases, books advertised by publishers with an expected publication date
are not listed here until actually in print.
1998 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Energy
Efficiency in a Competitive Environment, American Council for an
Energy-Efficient Economy, 10 volumes, 1998, $200 pbk/$100 CD-ROM (ACEEE).
These are the proceedings from the tenth biennial ACEEE Summer Study.
The 258 papers included cover the topics: technologies, design, and
performance analysis of energy-efficient residences and commercial
buildings; program design, implementation, and evaluation of
energy-efficiency programs; international collaboration and global- market
issues; deregulation of the electric utility industry and the role of
energy-service companies; market transformation; information technologies,
consumer behavior, and nonenergy benefits; sustainable development,
climate change, energy planning, and policy formation; and
Plant Functional Types: Their Relevance to Ecosystem Properties and
Global Change, T. M. Smith, H. H. Shugart, and E. I. Woodward, Eds.,
369 pp., 1997, $80 hbk/$44.95 pbk (Cambridge Univ. Press).
This work resulted from a 1993 workshop conducted by the Global Change
and Terrestrial Ecosystems Project to develop ways of grouping plants
together to make it easier to predict vegetation response to environmental
changes. It is presented in five sections: (1) a history of the concept of
functional groups in ecology, (2) approaches to and limitations in
developing functional classifications, (3) the usefulness of such groups
for specific ecosystems, (4) the application of functional groupings to
vegetation models, and (5) a critique of the use of functional groups in
ecological research. The book was reviewed by Sebastian Catovsky in Ecology
79 (5), 1843-1844 (1998). He felt the book outlines the
current state of our knowledge about the use of functional classifications
in global change research, and represents a useful reference point upon
which future work can build.
Climatic Variation in Earth History, E. J. Barron, 25 pp., 1996,
$17.50; Biological Consequences of Global Climate Change, C. A.
Ennis and N. H. Marcus, 53 pp., 1996, $19; Population Growth, J.
E. Jacobsen, 43 pp., 1996, $18.50; Clouds and Climate Change, G.
E. Shaw, 21 pp, 1996, $17; and The Earth-Sun System, John Streete,
34 pp., 1996, $18 (Univ. Sci. Books).
This series of booklets was designed to supplement college texts by
providing information about global change to nonscience majors. It was
reviewed by L. A. Coleman in Ecology 79 (1), 349-350
(1998). Although he felt that the population publication was well done, he
had numerous criticisms of the other contributions. He felt that some of
the material presented was well beyond the capabilities of a typical
student; that many of the figures were unclear, too sophisticated or
complicated, poorly designed or executed, unnecessary, or absent when
called for. His assessment was summed up in his opinion that he would
not recommend adopting these booklets as required texts.
The Costs of Kyoto: Climate Change Policy and Its Implications, J.
H. Adler, Ed., 171 pp., 1997, $15 (Competitive Enterprise Inst.)
This collection of papers from a 1997 conference is a broad compilation
of views in opposition to the Kyoto treaty, representing industry, labor,
scientists, and economic policy analysts. It predicts dire consequences
from any limitations on carbon emissions and presents a series of essays
on policymaking, scientific certainty, and risk analysis. It is reviewed
by Richard Wilk in Environment 40 (7), 25-26 (1998).
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics: From Air Pollution to Climate
Change, J. H. Seinfeld and S. N. Pandis, 1326 pp., 1997, $115 (John
Wiley & Sons).
This update of Seinfelds 1986 Atmospheric Chemistry and
Physics of Air Pollution adds to the treatment of tropospheric
pollution, aerosols, and particulates much new material on ozone
depletion, climate change, and atmospheric-chemistry models. It is
reviewed in Environment 40 (7), 26 (1998) by J. L.
Steinfeld, who says that it provides the technical background that
is needed to arrive at appropriate decisions affecting the future of the
Earth from Above: Using Color-Coded Satellite Images to Examine the
Global Environment, C. L. Parkinson, 175 pp., 1997, $24 (Univ. Sci.
This book is from one of the authors of the Atlas of Satellite
Observations Related to Global Change (1994) and of Introduction
to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling (1986). In the Preface of this
work, she states that its purpose is to familiarize the uninitiated
with satellite data and with the reading of color-coded satellite images
of the Earth. The book discusses a broad array of climatic and
environmental topics (such as atmospheric ozone, sea ice, snow cover,
sea-surface temperature, land cover, and aerosols and particulates from
volcanic eruption with effective sample images. But rather than being a
comprehensive data catalog, it is an explanatory introduction to satellite
imaging. It is reviewed by Curt Covey in Global and Planetary Change
18, 73 (1998), where he says that it provides enjoyable
reading for anyone concerned with global change.
Additional Reviews of Previous Entries
Global Warming: The Complete Briefing, 2nd ed., J. T. Houghton,
251 pp., 1997, $59.95 hbk/$22.95 pbk (Cambridge Univ. Press). (Global
Climate Change Digest, Nov. 1997)
Reviewed by Dexter Hinkley in Ecology 79 (6), 2211 (1998), who
comments that Sir John has prepared a remarkably ?complete briefing.
Also reviewed by D. L. Hartmann in Eos 79 (3), 396 (1998),
who states that Houghton summarizes the work of all three working
groups [of the IPCC first assessment] succinctly for the scientifically
literate reader. This second edition updates the 1994 edition to
incorporate material from the 1995 [second assessment] report. ...
Houghtons compact book is an accessible, well-researched, and
broadly based introduction to the immensely complicated global warming
Economics and Policy Issues of Climate Change, W. D. Nordhaus,
Ed., 336 pp., 1998, $45 (Resources for the Future).
This book provides technical summaries of the conclusions from the 1995
IPCC assessment in an effort to make that material more accessible. It
also contains critiques of the information and reasoning used to derive
some of the reports conclusions. The critiques and rejoinders aim to
put the strengths and weaknesses of the IPCC conclusions in a clearer
perspective, and to identify priorities for further research. The book
attempts to bridge gaps between analytical specialists and decision makers
as well as their technical advisers, who are in need of well-informed but
accessible counsel on climate-change issues. According to Nordhaus, This
book includes contributions by 19 eminent analysts, who tackle the social
and economic aspects of climate change and offer their views on the most
difficult issues (e.g., cost-benefit analysis, the discount rate, and the
impacts and costs of climate change) as well as the framework issues of
how to think about such long-run and uncertain problems.
The book results from a workshop held in Snowmass, Colo., in August
1996. The early chapters review analytical issues critical to social and
economic understanding of climate change. Later chapters address specific
economic questions surrounding climate-change policy.
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