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Item #d95jan117

Ocean burial of CO2 is planned for 1996 by the Norwegian state oil company Statoil. Each year about a million tons of compressed CO2, a by-product of natural gas production, will be injected into porous rocks in a North Sea gas field instead of being released to the atmosphere, the usual practice. (See New Scientist, pp. 8-9, Nov. 5 1994; Global Environ. Change Rep., pp. 6-7, Dec. 9.)

Item #d95jan118

Inter-American Institute: Established by 11 countries in 1993, the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research will promote sound scientific research on topics including impacts of climate change on biodiversity, interannual climate variability, and high latitude processes. Relevance to regionally defined global change issues, education and training, and international cooperation are among the founding principles. Institute research centers will be located throughout the Americas. A search is underway for director, who will work at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) in Brazil. For further information on the position see Eos, p. 616, Dec. 27 1994, or contact Vanessa Richardson, Natl. Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., S. 705, Arlington VA 22230.

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Global Environmental Management, a new society based in Austria, is chaired by Bo R. Döös, formerly deputy director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Research (IIASA), and a member of the Global Climate Change Digest editorial board since its inception in July of 1988. The society is concerned with such topics as future environmental degradation and its effect on food supply, the risk of large-scale migrations, and environmental policy. (See Döös articles in Ambio, Global Climate Change Digest, p. 3, May 1994, and Global Environ. Change, Global Climate Change Digest, p. 2, Nov.-Dec. 1994). His address is Jordangasse 7/13, A-1010 Vienna, Austria.

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DOE voluntary guidelines: The U.S Department of Energy has issued final guidelines for voluntary reporting of greenhouse gas emissions under the Energy Policy Act of 1992. The guidelines are intended for use by utilities and other participants in voluntary federal programs for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Contact Jean Vernet, Off. Global Environ. (PO-63), U.S. DOE, Washington DC 20585 (202-586-4755).

Item #d95jan121

U.S. vehicle program: A panel of the National Academy of Engineering has strongly criticized the planning and management of the Clinton administration's Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles. The program was set up a year ago between major U.S. auto manufacturers and government agencies to develop more fuel-efficient cars. (See Nature, p. 121, Nov. 10 1994)

Item #d95jan122

"Republicans Gain Control of US Congress: What Impact Will They Have on Climate and Energy Policy?" Global Environ. Change Rep., pp. 1-2, Nov. 25. Feature article based on discussions with representatives of various sectors. Expectations are mixed, but it seems likely that foreign aid programs (including the Global Environment Facility) will suffer.

Item #d95jan123

"MITI Ecoprojects Target the Desert-And the Home Front," D. Normile, Science, p. 1188, Nov. 18. Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is spending $48 million over the next ten years to find plants that thrive in desert conditions, as a way of "greening the deserts" to increase the uptake of CO2. It is no accident that the work should appeal to the countries of the arid Middle East, on which Japan's economy depends.

Item #d95jan124

"Insurance Company to Back Out of Some Climate-Linked Risks," A. Abbott, Nature, pp. 212-213, Nov. 17. Insurance companies are becoming concerned that global warming may be responsible for a recent sharp increase in claims from natural disasters, which have resulted in several bankruptcies in the industry. Discusses a recent report commissioned by Greenpeace on the impact of climate change on capital markets.

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