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Climate change conference: Joint implementation, or engagement in cooperative projects with developing countries, was a major topic at an international conference in late July, sponsored in Washington by the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy (formerly the Alliance for Responsible CFC policy). Participants from industry, government and environmental organizations discussed the role joint implementation should take in the Framework Convention on Climate Change. Several speakers also noted that the Clinton Administration's Climate Change Action Plan is unlikely to meet its target for greenhouse gas emissions in the year 2000. (See accounts in Chem. Eng. News, pp. 6-7, Aug. 1; Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 657-658, Aug. 10.)

Millennium Project: Presently the subject of a three-phase feasibility study by the U.N. University, this project would continuously update and improve humanity's thinking about the future, and make that information available for policy making and education. Phase I has been completed (see Reports); Phase II is underway, producing 23 booklets on methodology and long-range issues on Africa. Funding for Phase III is expected soon. (See AC/UNU Newsletter, Summer 1994, from Amer. Council for the United Nations Univ.)

Common Sense Initiative: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a new program designed to achieve more environmental protection at less cost, by focusing on regulation of entire industries rather than individual pollutants. (See Chem. Eng. News, p. 9, July 25.)

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"No Easy Answers for Global Climate Change Research," J. Wakefield, Eos (the weekly of the Amer. Geophysical Union), pp. 353, 365, Aug. 2. An update on uncertainties in climate change science and how they are hindering the formulation of international and national policy, based in part on a Senate hearing held in May. Includes a list by NOAA scientist J.D. Mahlman of points that are virtually certain, those that are probable, and those that are highly uncertain.

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"Producers of CFC Alternatives Gear Up for 1996 Phaseout," E. Kirschner, Chem. Eng. News, pp. 12-13, July 4. The transition to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by Jan. 1, 1996, required under the Montreal Protocol, is well under way. But a black market supply of CFCs is raising serious concerns.

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