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FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 5, MAY 1993
GENERAL, POLICY AND ECONOMICS
"Ozone Update," J. Kirwin, Our Planet, Vol. 5,
No. 1, 14-18, 1993 (U.N. Environ. Prog., POB 30552, Nairobi,
Discusses the November 1992 modifications to the Montreal
Protocol on stratospheric ozone protection, the difficulties
facing industries which must comply, the use of transition
chemicals, and problems associated with the funding mechanism
intended to assist developing countries.
"Global Warming," C.T. Rubin, M.K. Landy, Garbage,
24-29, Feb.-Mar. 1993.
Two political scientists summarize what they have learned
about the role of science in policy making, explaining how
greenhouse policy is being driven by inadequate notions of
scientific consensus, the improper use of scenarios, and a
suspect analogy to buying insurance.
Climate Review, Winter 1993 (Dept. Environ. Sci., Univ.
Virginia, Charlottesville VA 22903).
"Conspiracy, Consensus or Correlation? What Scientists
Think About the `Popular Vision' of Global Warming," pp.
7-11. Summarizes surveys of scientists by the Science and
Environmental Policy Project, the Gallup Organization and
Greenpeace, and a 1990 meeting of scientists at Arizona State
University who feel we may not be headed toward apocalyptic
global warming. Concludes it is impossible to ascribe any
scientific consensus to the popular vision of climate disaster;
instead, the popular vision is unscientific.
"Climate Digest," 15-17. Summarizes several recent
scientific articles concerning sea level rise, temperature
trends, and CO2 uptake by boreal forests.
"Planet Watch," 19-21. Examines recent temperature
data and compares them with model predictions.
Editorial: "Free Markets, Free Science," 23-24.
Federal spending on basic science should be reduced to the extent
that industry (through tax benefits) is interested in increasing
its support. This would result in a better balance in research
emphasis on global warming, leading to better science.
"Environmental Activists Take Aim at Trade Growth and
Policy," E.V. Anderson, Chem. Eng. News, 9-15, Apr.
5, 1993. The conflict between those desiring to remove barriers
to international trade and those struggling to protect the
environment has escalated and seems to be reaching an apex. For
instance, should the federal government have the right to insist
on fuel efficiency and emissions standards for automobiles sold
in the U.S.? International trade is one way developing countries
can reduce their debt burden, which has forced many of them to
"mine" their forests without replanting.
Issue: "In The Wake of Rio," Enviro--International
Magazine on the Environment, No. 14, Dec. 1992, 36 pp.
(Swedish Environ. Protection Agency, Info. Dept., S-171 85 Solna,
Includes articles on Chinese coal, financing the Rio
agreements, and defining sustainable development.
Cost of Greenhouse Insurance," J. Douglas, EPRI Journal,
27-33, Dec. 1992.
The Global 2100 model developed by Manne and Richels for EPRI
shows that the greenhouse gas emission reductions proposed at the
Earth Summit last year could ultimately cost developed countries
several percent of annual gross domestic product. Allowing time
for the introduction of advanced technologies would reduce costs
significantly with little change in cumulative emissions.
Increased electrification is the key to cost-effective
"Global Warming: The Origin and Nature of the Alleged
Scientific Consensus," R.S. Lindzen, Regulation--Cato
Review of Business & Government, 87-98, Spr. 1992 (Cato
Inst., 224 Second St. SE, Washington DC 20003).
The author, a prominent atmospheric scientist, explains why he
finds no substantive basis for global warming scenarios being
popularly described. Such weak predictions, combined with certain
special interests, can cascade into major political responses
with economic and social consequences that may be more serious
than the environmental danger they were designed to avoid.
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