February 28, 2007
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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999
FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 8, AUGUST 1995
Sustainable development and climate change is the topic of this
year's annual conference sponsored by the Center for Environmental Information,
in December near Washington, D.C. Bert Bolin, Chair of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will begin it with a presentation of the IPPC's
1995 scientific assessment, scheduled for release shortly before the event.
European Union: A special report in Intl. Environ. Rptr.
(pp. 585-588, July 26) analyzes voluntary accords as a way to protect the
environment while enabling EU countries to remain economically competitive.
Voluntary agreements are receiving more attention as a way to achieve reductions
in carbon emissions after the EU's failure to implement a carbon tax over the
last three years.
U.S. joint implementation: Twenty-one proposals encompassing a wide
range of projects have been submitted for consideration in the second round of
applications for the U.S. Initiative on Joint Implementation. Twelve involve
forestry or other land use to enhance carbon sequestration; the rest address
alternative energy sources and methane emissions reduction. Project locations
include Latin America, Asia, the Former Soviet Union, and Africa. Contact the
U.S. IJI Secretariat, 600 Maryland Ave. SW, S. 200 East, Washington DC 20585
(tel: 202-426-0072; fax: 202-426-1540).
"China Meeting Signals New Commitment," T. Plafker, Science,
p. 296, July 21. The Chinese government, along with the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology and Beijing's Quingua University, sponsored a three-day
international meeting on sustainable development and the environment. The event
was a clear sign that China's hostility to environmental protection is beginning
"Evidence Still Mounts for Changing Climate, But Scientists Still
Cautious," Global Environ. Change Rep., pp. 1-3, July 14. Based on
a symposium organized by Michael MacCracken, director of the U.S. Global Change
Research Program Office, in Boulder, Colorado, July 3-8. Discusses particularly
how the science affects policy. MacCracken suggests that policymakers need to
separate the issue of what is happening from the consequences of
what is happening.
"Insurers Must Do More to Survive Disasters," A. Deering, S.P.
Leatherman, Best's Review, pp. 66-69, Mar. 1995. Examines how the
increased severity and frequency of natural disasters, a growing concern for the
insurance industry, may reflect climate change, and how insurers can deal with
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