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FROM VOLUME 11, NUMBER 4, APRIL-MAY 1998
CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY
Special Section: Climate Change: Where Do We Go from Here, Issues
in Science & Technol., 14(3), Spring 1998.
"Kyoto and Beyond," R.M. White (Heinz Ctr. for Sci., Econ. &
Environ., Washington, D.C.), 59-65. Discusses the outcome and implications
of the Kyoto agreements, which will not stabilize climate but will make a
start. Enumerates several policy directions, stressing an international
assault on the development of energy technologies led by the U.S.
"Implementing the Kyoto Protocol," R. Coppock (Natl. Acad.
Sci., Washington, D.C.), 66-74. Argues that the Kyoto Protocol will be
worthwhile only if it adopts a long-term strategy for implementation.
"A Low-Cost Way to Control Climate Change," B. Swift
(Technology Ctr., Environ. Law Inst., Washington, D.C.), 75-81. Advocates
emissions trading. Suggests, for instance, that an effective cap-and-trade
system within the U.S. would allow it to achieve at little or no cost the
emission reductions it committed to at Kyoto.
"Fixing Global Carbon Emissions: Choosing the Best Target Year,"
G. Yohe (Wesleyan Univ., Middletown, Conn.), T. Malinowski, M. Yohe,Energy
Policy, 26(3), 219-231, Feb. 1998.
This analysis addresses the following two questions: (1) What target
year for a predetermined reduction in emissions (compared to no action)
would maximize the discounted net benefit of the policy? (2) How sensitive
is that year to changes in the damages associated with greenhouse gases or
the pace of near-term, unregulated emissions of those gases?
"Key Elements Related to the Emissions Trading for the Kyoto
Protocol," N. Matsuo (Inst. Energy Econ. of Japan, Shuwa-Kamiyacho
Bldg., Toranomon 4-3-13, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105, Japan),Energy Policy,
26(3), 263-273, Feb 1998.
Discusses pragmatic concerns of emissions trading, suggests concrete
proposals for an emissions budget approach and borrowing, and proposes
packaging carbon taxation and emissions trading to create domestic
emissions markets favorable to compliance with the Protocol.
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