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Trends '93, the third and latest installment in a series of compendiums of global change data, has been published by the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center. CDIAC makes available in electronic format extensive numeric data packages and computer model packages to researchers, policymakers, students and educators worldwide.

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U.K. carbon estimates: A new government study concludes that Scotland's peat bogs contain three-quarters of all the organic carbon in British soils and vegetation. The results call into question current plans for large scale peat cutting, and mean that afforestation on such bogs would in the long run release large amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere. (See New Scientist, p. 6, Nov. 19.)

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Utilities swap CO2 for SO2: In a unique arrangement negotiated in part by the Environmental Defense Fund, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation of New York State will exchange CO2 emission credits for SO2 credits from Arizona Public Service. Neither utility needs the SO2 credits, and Niagara Mohawk will donate them to an environmental organization, using the resulting tax credit to fund additional CO2 reduction programs. (See New Scientist, p. 11, Nov. 26; Global Environ. Change Rep., pp. 6-7, Nov. 25.)

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Country studies program: To help developing countries and "countries in transition" comply with reporting and other requirements of the climate convention, the U.S. has launched a $25-million program intended to support studies in over 50 countries to help establish greenhouse gas emission inventories and mitigation strategies. One goal is to help countries exploit commercial technology transfer. A series of workshops and conferences are underway. For information or to receive the program's newsletter Country Study Notes, contact Ron Benioff, U.S. Country Studies Mgmt. Team, MS PO-63, 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC 20585 (tel: 202-426-1635; fax: 202-426-1540; e-mail:

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