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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 12, NUMBER 5, MAY 1999
RECENT BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS
Observations of Surface-to-Atmosphere Interactions in the Tropics,
Michael Garstang and D. R. Fitzjarrald, 416 pp., 1999, $75.00/hbk (Oxford
Called the firebox of the atmosphere, the tropics absorb more energy
from the Sun than they lose through longwave emissions. The excess energy
activates processes across the globe. This book examines the interactions
between the surface of the Earth and the atmosphere and considers how the
planets fluid systems accommodate the radiation imbalance between
the tropics and the cooler regions of the Earth.
China Environment Yearbook 1998 (English Edition), 300 pp.,
1999, US$165.50/hbk (Hans Consultants).
This yearbook has 28 basic sections, each covering a specific topic,
such as special collections; reports on environmental protection in China;
the establishment and enforcement of policies, statutes, and standards;
environmental management of construction projects; comprehensive treatment
and control of the urban environment; prevention and control of pollution;
nature conservation; environmental research; monitoring; education;
newspapers; international exchange; major environmental accidents; and
Numerical Methods in Atmospheric and Oceanic Modelling, C. A.
Lin, René Laprise, and Harold Ritchie (Eds.), 633 pp., 1997,
Can$79.95/hbk (Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society/NRC
This volume is dedicated to André Robert, a major developer of
numerical weather prediction and the models on which it is based. The
first two chapters review his life and career, and the others contain
peer-reviewed papers on atmospheric and oceanic modeling, including four
of Roberts papers being published posthumously. Reviewing the book
in Eos 80 (17), 196 (Apr. 27, 1999), Tom Rosmond says that
the list of authors reads like a Whos Who of the modern modeling
community and that the book is must for such modelers; even
students will find portions an introduction to the methods of
Global Warming Yearbook: 1998, Lelani Arris (Ed.), 1999,
$197/pbk ($207 outside of North America), (Cutter Information).
This publication is a compendium of articles from the 1998 issues of
Cutter Informations Global Environmental Change Report. The
more than 280 articles cover such topics as summaries of the international
negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol, sustainable development, emissions
trading, and energy efficiency; summaries of technical articles on global
warming, carbon sources and sinks, coral bleaching, Antarctic ice shelves,
plankton, wildlife, and tree growth; and reports of technological
developments in fuel economy, wind energy, fuel cells, alternative
refrigerants, cogeneration, energy labeling, and emissions reductions.
Transportation and Global Climate Change, D. J. Santini and D.
L. Greene (Eds.), 357 pp., 1993, $30.00 pbk (ACEEE).
This book is based on presentations by transportation experts at the
1991 conference, Transportation and Global Climate Change: Long-Run
Options. Those participants recognized that global climate change
has no quick fix but requires a long-run strategy. They
stressed that such a strategy must be comprehensive and must address
growing global demand; energy efficiency; and alternative noncarbon energy
sources. It focuses on the transportation sectors role in global
warming and what can be done about it. The book attempts to put the
problem of the U.S. transportation system into perspective among worldwide
systems. In addition, the effects of engine-technology improvements, fuel
choice and production, vehicle design, commercial transportation
requirements, transportation choices by consumers, and government policies
are also examined.
Human Choice and Climate Change, Steve Rayner and E. I. Malone
(Eds.), 1714 pp., 1998, $250/hbk, $100/pbk (Battelle Press).
This four-volume set assesses social-science research relevant to global
climate change from a wide-ranging interdisciplinary perspective. Taking
human choice within social institutions as the starting point, noted
researchers examine climate-change issues in the context of societal
issues, such as population and consumption; cultural, institutional, and
economic arrangements for human well-being; and the social processes by
which decisions are made from local to global levels. It seeks to provide
relevant, practical insights into relationships among people and their
environments, scientists and policymakers, and people with differing world
views. Reviewing the book in Nature [397, 664 (Feb. 25,
1999)], Paul Ekins points out that one departure point of the work is
asking some fundamental questions, such as why do scientists choose to
study climate change, how do they form a scientific consensus, how are
policy instruments chosen, and why did the international community choose
to address climate change? But this compilation of essays and technical
papers covers a multitude of topics, from the hegemonic myth [of]
global vulnerability and fragility to models of the climate system
and its changes to possible impacts and their mitigation. Ekins says that
one of the main points of the work is the distinction between two
styles of social science: the descriptive paradigm that ?analyzes social
systems in terms of natural science metaphors and the interpretive
approach that ?refers to the analysis of values, meaning, and motivation
of human agents. Human Choice and Climate Change contains
good examples of both. The last chapter wraps up the publication
with ten recommendations to policymakers:
- View the issue of climate change holistically.
- Recognize that institutional limits to global sustainability are at
least as important as environmental limits.
- Prepare for the likelihood that social, economic, and technological
change will be more rapid and have greater direct impacts on human
populations than climate change.
- Recognize the limits of rational planning.
- Employ the full range of analytic perspectives and decision aids in
- Design policy instruments for real-world conditions rather than try
to make the world conform to a particular policy model.
- Incorporate climate-change concerns into other, more immediate
issues such as employment, defense, economic development, and public
- Take a regional and local approach to climate policymaking and
- Direct resources to identifying vulnerability and promoting
resilience, especially where the impacts will be largest.
- Use a pluralistic approach to decision making.
- Greenhouse Gas Mitigation: Technologies for Activities
Implemented Jointly (AIJ), P. W. F. Riemer, A. Y. Smith, and K. V.
Thambimuthu, 777 pp., 1998, $210/hbk (Elsevier Science).
This book is the proceedings of a conference on the subject held in
Vancouver in 1997. It contains more than 100 papers presented at the
meeting plus invited speeches and panel discussions. It covers the topics
of enhancing sinks and stores of carbon, maximizing joint benefits,
improved energy technologies, activities of the Asian Development Bank,
energy use for transport, and transmission and end uses of energy.
Reviewing the book in Energy [23 (10), 911 (1998)], S. S.
Penner says that The interested reader will find a wealth of novel
ideas, descriptions of potentially useful advances in science and
technology, discussions of political challenges, and many new tools aimed
at making AIJ an effective worldwide adjunct in GHG mitigation.
Unfortunately, the possible roles of nuclear fission and breeder
technologies, as well as fusion energy, are essentially ignored while
discussions on improved methods for fossil-fuel utilization are not
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