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Item #d94jul166

Climate treaty: At a June meeting in London, the chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, Raúl Estrada-Oyuela, accused scientists of backing away from the demands of the climate convention, according to a report in New Scientist (p. 5, June 11). The INC intends to make decisions on treaty goals after the year 2000 at an August meeting. Because of delays in peer review, the scientific guidance they expected to have by then from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will not appear until the fall.

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OTA report: A background paper issued by the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment in June (see Reports) concludes that delays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions could cut costs of control with little adverse effect, although some qualifying conditions apply. (See Intl. Environ. Rptr., 557-558, June 29; and extensive discussions in Energy, Econ. & Clim. Change, pp. 6-8, July, and Global Environ. Change Rep., pp. 1-3, July 8.)

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Extreme event index: The Global Warming International Center, which organizes a yearly conference on science and policy, has established an economic indicator based on estimates of economic losses and fatalities associated with weather and climatic extremes, such as last year's floods in the midwestern U.S. The index and its relationship to climate change is discussed in an editorial in the June 1994 issue of the Center's publication, World Resource Review (pp. 157-158).

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British forest health: In correspondence to New Scientist (p. 47, July 16), authors of the report Forest Condition in Great Britain, 1989 to 1992 point out that their conclusions are consistent with earlier work reported by the Forest Authority, contrary to statements in a June 18 New Scientist article. (The article was summarized in the Regional Pollutant section of the June GCCD.) The authors find that the role of air pollution in forest health is probably small. Their report suggests ways of separating the effects of different environmental influences.

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