February 28, 2007
GCRIO Program Overview
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Global Climate Change Digest
A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 11, NUMBER 4, APRIL-MAY 1998
Climate Change on Forests (Climate Issue Brief No. 9), R. Sedjo, B. Sohngen, 25 pp.,
Apr. 1998 (RFF).
Identifies potential sources of forest damage and evaluates the possible socioeconomic
consequences. Concludes that the effects of climate change on forests generally and on
timber harvests in particular are likely to be positive, meaning that previous research
warning of severe consequences has overstated the risk. They also find that effects on
ecological values associated with forests are a source of concern in specific places but
need not be large overall, especially if climate change is relatively gradual and
adaptation is enhanced.
Impact Study (MBIS), Final Report, 332 pp., Aug. 1997, CDN $30 (Atmos. Environ.
Service). Summary (20 pp.) available (tel: 800 668 6767; WWW: http://www.tor.ec.gc.ca/earg/mbis/mackenzie.htm).
This extensive, six-year study, covering impacts on one-sixth of the area of Canada,
finds that the MacKenzie Basin may already be experiencing changes to its climate from
greenhouse warming since the region has already warmed 1.5°C this century. A projected
4.5° C increase by the middle of the 21st century would lower lake levels, thaw
permafrost, and increase forest fires and mudslides. Rapid change would make adaptation
more difficult, and traditional aboriginal lifestyles would be at risk if vegetation and
wildlife patterns are modified. Recommends that governments include the potential for
climate change in management agreements for natural resources; that private sector
industries consider climate change in their research, planning and design of projects such
as pipelines and dams; that researchers incorporate traditional knowledge into their
Climate Change, T. O'Riordan, Ed., 57 pp., 1997, $9/£5 (CSERGE).
Climate change is likely, based on the best models available, and it will push the
margins of crop production farther north. The major problems will lie in water
availability and biodiversity.
Coral Reefs and
Global Climate Change, May 1997 (WWF).
Climate change threatens coral reefs, particularly in Florida, the Bahamas, Columbia
and Thailand, and may push them to extinction in areas where other human pressures such as
coastal development and pollution are serious.
Responses of the Weather Insurance Industry to Recent Weather Extremes, S.A. Changnon
et al., 166 pp., 1996. Contact the author at 801 Buckthorn, Mahomet IL 61853 (tel: 217 586
This final report to the Univ. Corp. for Atmos Res. concerns a study of recent
(1991-1994) weather extremes in the U.S., which prompted claims that the extremes were a
signal of a changed climate. Concludes that recent large losses have been driven largely
by population increases, and they do not constitute evidence of a changed climate.
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