February 28, 2007
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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
OF GENERAL INTEREST
Global Environmental Change: Research Pathways for the Next DecadeOverview,
Comm. on Global Change Res., Natl Res. Council., pre-publication summary,
60 pp., May 1998 (NAP). Full text available on the NAP Website.
Summarizes a full report to be published soon. A review of the U.S.
Global Change Research Program over the past decade shows that as budgets
began to contract, the Program was not well integrated enough to scale
back in a logical way and establish priorities. A new strategy based on
answering specific, central scientific questions is needed, because our
current inability to answer these questions is blocking progress in
critical policy development. Sets forth pathways for research,
observations, data systems and modeling.
Our Changing Planet: The Fiscal Year 1999 U.S. Global Change Research
Program, 1998 (GCRIO). Full text available at
An annual report to Congress supplementing the President's fiscal year
1999 budget, which reviews progress in research, outlines key issues and
integrative activities of the Program, discusses new challenges in
research, and gives details of the Program's 1999 budget.
State of the Climate ReportA World in Perspective, P.J.
Michaels, Ed., 28 pp., Apr. 1998, no charge (Western Fuels).
Contains contributions from five experts who debunk the conventional
wisdom that global warming accounts for spreading tropical diseases,
insurance losses, and increased storm activity. One discusses why
satellite measurements do not support a warming trend.
Human Choice and Climate Change, S. Raynor, E.L. Malone, Eds., 4
vols., April 1998, $100 (Battelle).
This assessment seeks to merge the realms of the natural and social
sciences, exploring how emissions-producing activities are imbedded in
social institutions and ways of life and suggesting suitable alternatives
for the future. The editors summarized the publication in Nature,
pp. 332-334, Nov. 27, 1997 (Global Climate Change Digest, Prof.
Pubs./Climate Change Policy, Dec. 1997).
From Berlin to Kyoto, M. Grubb, D. Brack, Eds. A collection of
briefing papers from the Energy and Environ Prog. of the Royal Institute
of Intl. Affairs (RIIA). Entire collection £15; contact RIIA for
individual prices. Each is typically 4-6 pp.
- The Berlin Climate Conference: Outcome and Implications,
- Climate Change: A Summary of the Second Assessment Report of the
IPCC, July 1996.
- Liberalizing European Electricity: Impacts on Generation and
Environment, Nov. 1996.
- Emissions Trading and the Control of Greenhouse Gases, May
- The Use of Economic Models in Climate Change Policy Analysis,
- International Trade and Energy Efficiency Standards, Nov.
- Joint Implementation, AIJ and "Technology Transfer,"
- Energy and Emission Projections in Eastern Europe, Nov.
- International Trade Effects of Industrialized Country CO2
Abatement, Nov. 1997.
- The Kyoto Conference: Outcome and Implications, Jan. 1998.
- Special Kyoto Supplement: Defining and Trading Emission
Commitments, Dec. 1997.
- Climate after Kyoto: RIAA Conference Summary, Feb. 1998.
Climatic ChangeModelling and Measurement (IEAPER/38), I.
Smith, D. Adams, Dec. 1997, $135/£85 in IEA Coal Res. member
countries; educational price $70/£42.50 (IEA Coal Res.)
Summarizes coal's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and 1996-97
studies on climate modeling, observations, and detection of climate
change. There is confidence that a warming trend is in progress, but there
is little confidence in the regional effects predicted by models.
Our Changing Climate, D. Hartmann et al., 25 pp., Fall 1997, no
charge (UCAR/JOSS). Multiple copies available for classroom use. Available
in full at http://www.ogp.noaa.gov/OGPFront/Edoutrch.html
The fourth in a series of educational publications produced by NOAA and
UCAR, this booklet is intended to raise public awareness on topics such as
the greenhouse effect, El Niño, and the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
IPCC Technical Papers. These are initiated at the request of the
Conference of Parties of the Climate Change Convention, are based on
material already in IPCC Assessments and Special Reports, and undergo
expert and government reviews. Paper copies are available from the IPCC
Secretariat; or see its Web site (IPCC).
Implications of Proposed CO2 Emissions Limitations,
Stabilization of Atmospheric Greenhouse Gases: Physical, Biological
and Socio-Economic Implications, Feb. 1997.
An Introduction to Simple Climate Models Used in the IPCC Second
Assessment Report, Feb. 1997.
Global Deception: The Exaggeration of the Global Warming Threat
(Policy Brief 187), P.J. Michaels, 19 pp., Dec. 1997 (CSAB).
Argues that the Clinton Administration is exaggerating the threat from
global warming in an attempt to convince Americans of the need to sign the
Kyoto Protocol. Counters the Administration's two major scientific
arguments with other research.
The Changing Face of the Apocalypse, P.J. Michaels, Nov. 1997, no
charge (Western Fuels).
Examines how the rationale for climate change policies began with
predictions of climatological disaster based on extreme warming of global
temperature, and over a decade has shifted to fostering fears of "climate
change" even as evidence mounts that the direction in which climate
is heading is benign or even beneficial.
The Terrestrial Biosphere and Global Change: Implications for Natural
and Managed EcosystemsA Synthesis of GCTE and Related Research
(IGBP Science No. 1), B. Walker, W. Steffen, Eds., 32 pp., 1997, no charge
(IGBP). Full text to be published as a book by Cambridge Univ. Press.
Summarizes a synthesis of the first six years of the Global Change and
Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) Core Project of the IGBP. Deals with both
basic research and with issues of policy relevance, such as the future
capacity of ecosystems to provide food for the world's growing population,
and their ability to absorb the carbon emissions resulting form fossil
Renewing the United Nations: A Program for Reform, K. Annan (U.N.
Secy.-General), July 1997. Available on the Internet at
This overall review of U.N. operations is notable in affirming the value
of the U.N. Environment Program, which recently has come under severe
criticism. (See "UNEP Crisis," Global Climate Change Digest,
News, Mar. 1997, and discussion of this report in Intl. Environ. Rptr.,
pp. 705-706, July 23.) Recommends that UNEP concentrate on its GEMS and
GRID monitoring programs, and drop project implementation, which should be
left to the U.N. Development Program. Further improvements of UNEP are
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