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Program Updates: Department of Agriculture, Department of State, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Apr. 1994, no charge. Contact U.S. Climate Action Team Headquarters, U.S. Dept. Energy (tel: 202-586-7541; fax: 202-586-9847). Covers all portions of the Climate Change Action Program. Other documents related to the program are also available.

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Potential Global Climate Change: Issues and Options, 52 pp., Apr. 1994, no charge. Global Climate Coalition (GCC), 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, S. 1500-N. Tower, Washington DC 20004 (202-637-3158).

The GCC, representing a variety of U.S. industries, makes the following recommendations for U.S. action based on its comprehensive review of economic and policy issues and the state of climate science. (1) Continued science research and impact assessment; (2) measures that will reduce the threat of climate change yet also make sense in their own right; (3) research and development that improve our ability to economically produce and use energy with fewer greenhouse emissions; (4) efforts to understand and communicate the economic, social and political consequences of both climate change and proposed policy responses. Specific recommendations are also made.

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The following were released by several nongovernmental organizations and are available (no charge) from Natural Resour. Defense Council, 1350 New York Ave. NW, S. 300, Washington DC 20005 (202-783-7800).

The Gap: Climate Plan Faces Major Shortfall, D. Lashoff, 4 pp., Apr. 1994. Analysis of data published in the recent supplement to the U.S. action plan (GCCD, Apr. 1994) shows that the U.S. will barely reach halfway to its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2000. Much of the problem lies with overly optimistic assumptions regarding rises in both oil prices and vehicle fuel efficiency, and regarding the level of funding for action plan programs Congress will provide.

Bridging the Gap: Initiatives to Achieve President Clinton's Climate Commitment, H. Geller, J. DeCicco et al., 10 pp., Apr. 1994. The major suggestion is for higher vehicle efficiency standards, increasing an average of 6% per year starting in 1996. (See Energy, Econ. & Clim. Change, p. 6, May.)

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Keystone Dialogue on Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions and Offsets by Electricity Generators, 156 pp., 1994, $20. The Keystone Ctr., 1001 G St. NW, S. 430W, Washington DC 20001 (202-783-0248).

Recommends guidelines developed by representatives from industry, environmental groups, government and science for reporting greenhouse gas emissions reductions and offsets under the U.S. Energy Policy Act.

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