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Item #d94Aug100

Our Changing Planet: The FY 1995 U.S. Global Change Research Program, 132 pp., 1994. Obtain from Global Change Research Info. Off., 1825 K St. NW, S. 805, Washington DC 20006 (tel: 202-775-6607; fax: 202-775-6622; e-mail:

Prepared as a supplement to President Clinton's 1995 budget, this report elaborates on the proposed $1.8 billion to be allocated for global change research in the U.S. Included would be continued planning for launching the Earth Observing System of satellites; support for international land- and ocean-based research; support for modeling long-term changes in climate and ozone; development of new programs in social, economic and policy sciences, and in integrated assessment.

Item #d94Aug101

Climate Change: A Threat to Peace (Conflict Studies 272), N. Brown (Oxford Ctr. for Environ., Ethics and Society, Mansfield, U.K.), 28 pp., 1994, Ј10/$25. Available from Res. Inst. for Study of Conflict and Terrorism (RISCT), 136 Baker St., London W1M 1FH, UK (tel: 071-224-2659; fax: 071-486-3064).

Reviews how climate change over the centuries has affected crop production, population movements, and war and peace. Criticizes piecemeal studies of problem areas which fail to address related global issues, and suggests that ecology must be accepted as a subject central to the discussion of international security and strategic studies.

Item #d94Aug102

Climate Change in Asia (10 volumes), A. Qureshi et al., 1994. Contact Climate Institute, 324 Fourth St. NE, Washington DC 20002 (tel: 202-547-0104; fax: 202-547-0111).

Teams of experts studied Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and The Philippines. Based on IPCC mid-level scenarios, climate change is likely to have significant impacts in all eight countries, particularly in coastal areas. In addition, greenhouse gas emissions are likely to increase in all these countries. Response strategies include mitigation, and especially energy efficiency. All involved governments have either endorsed or plan to endorse the study.

Item #d94Aug103

Verification 1994--Arms Control, Peacekeeping and the Environment, J.B. Poole, R. Guthrie, Eds., 1994, Ј35. Contact VERTIC, Carrara House, 20 Embankment Pl., London WC2N 6NN, UK (tel: +44 71 925 0867; fax: +44 71 925 0861).

Reviews events of 1993, primarily related to nuclear matters. However, also covers the Convention on Biodiversity, developments in verification technologies, and monitoring environmental agreements by satellite.

Item #d94Aug104

Managing the Environment with Rapid Industrialisation: Lessons from the East Asian Experience, OECD, 218 pp., 1994, $27/FF155/DM46.

Compares environmental management in five Asian high economic performers (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia). Although growth has heavily strained their environments, these countries have made some progress toward limiting environmental damage. Unconventional approaches are being used, as are voluntary agreements, and economic instruments . Greater emphasis needs to be placed on prevention, innovative financial schemes, and low-cost abatement methods.

Item #d94Aug105

OECD Environmental Performance Review: Japan, 210 pp., 1994, $29 (OECD).

Examines efforts by Japan to meet domestic policy objectives as welll as international commitments such as the climate covention. Topics include integrating environmental and economic decision making, international issues, pollution reduction, enhancing the quality of life, urban amenities and nature conservation.

Item #d94Aug106

Environment and Taxation: The Cases of the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States, 144 pp., 1994, $20 (OECD).

Presents case studies of environmental taxes in these countries, considering the introduction of carbon taxes as a important item on the political agenda. However, the environment may actually be suffering because current taxes relating to transport, energy and agriculture have inappropriate structures.

Item #d94Aug107

The Distributive Effects of Economic Instruments for Environmental Policy, 139 pp., 1994, $24 (OECD).

Reviews available evidence, proposes a methodology by providing an analytical framework and check list of issues to be considered, and identifies a series of measures to alleviate possible regressive impacts.

Item #d94Aug108

Millennium Project Feasibility Study Phase I Report, 151 pp., 1994, $25 (print version)/$10 WPWIN 5.1 diskette. Order from American Council for the United Nations University, 4421 Garrison St. NW, Washington DC 20016 (tel/fax: 202-686-5179; email:

(See News Notes.) Phase I, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, linked futurists and scholars throughout the world through two Delphi studies.

Item #d94Aug109

A Regional Response to Global Climate Change: New England and Eastern Canada (Clim. Change Dig. No. CCD 94-03), N. Houtman, 25 pp., 1994, single copies, no charge. In French and English. Available from Clim. Products. & Pubs. Div., Atmos. Environ. Serv., 4905 Dufferin St., Downsview ON M3H 5T4, Can. (416-739-4331). Complete symposium proceedings can be purchased from N. Houtman, Water Resour. Prog., Univ. Maine, 5715 Coburn Hall, Orono, ME 04469.

Summarizes the fifth in a series of Canada-U.S. symposia (Portland, Maine, May 1993). Climate change in this region would have broad economic and ecological impacts. Although future resource impacts are highly uncertain, policy decisions should be beneficial in their own right, and in the face of present variations in climate. Makes recommendations relating to: diversification of the natural-resources-based economy; risks to human health, ecological communities and economic infrastructure; and information developing and sharing.

Item #d94Aug110

New publications from CSERGE. Contact Publications Secy., Ctr. Social & Econ. Res. on the Global Environment, Univ. E. Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK (tel: 0603-593176, ext 2642; fax: 0603-250588). GEC papers cost $9/Ј5; PA papers cost $4/Ј2.

Evaluating the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GEC 94-01), S. Frankhauser, 48 pp., 1994.

The Precautionary Principle in U.K. Environmental Law and Policy (GEC 94-11), A. Jordan, T. O'Riordan, 31 pp., 1994.

Climate Change Policy and International Trade (GEC 94-12), S. Barrett, 40 pp., 1994.

Valuing the Environment: Past Practice, Future Prospect (PA 94-02), D. Pearce, 22 pp., 1994.

Item #d94Aug111

The Clean Coal Technology Program--Lessons Learned (DOE/FE-0315P), 45 pp. + appendices, 1994. Contact S. Clayton, Program Manager; 301-903-9429. Or obtain copies from Off. Sci. Tech. Info., US-DOE, POB 62, Oak Ridge TN 37831; or from NTIS (National Technical Information Service), 5285 Port Royal Rd., Springfield VA 22161 (703-487-4650).

Prepared by the US-DOE Office of Clean Coal Technology and reviewed by project participants from the private sector. Conclusions can generally be extended to other programs involving government-private sector cooperation to develop and introduce new technologies into the commercial market to address societal needs.

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