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Item #d95jul141

European transport agreement: In a declaration issued at a June meeting in Vienna, European transport ministers and vehicle manufacturers agreed on a joint approach to reducing CO2 emissions from cars. The initiative covers a broad range of measures that would encourage the manufacture and purchase of fuel-efficient vehicles, promote integrated traffic management, investigate ways to encourage the scrapping of the least efficient cars, and establish biennial review and evaluation of the program. (See Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 495, June 28, 1995.)

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Asian CO2 emissions will more than double over 1991 levels by the year 2010, according to an energy advisory body to Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry. (See Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 414, May 31, 1995.)

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Japan's CO2 emissions are likely to rise after the year 2000, according to its new Fiscal 1995 Electric Power Facility Plan, just approved by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. And the year 2000 target will probably not be met, according to an Osaka-based NGO, Citizens Alliance for Saving the Atmosphere. (See Global Environ. Change Rep., p. 3, May 12, 1995.)

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"'Doomsters' Take on Global Bet," R. Mestel, New Scientist, p. 5, June 3, 1995. Right-wing economist Julian Simon believes environmental and population trends are nothing to worry about, and that the quality of life will continue to improve indefinitely. He has offered to wager $15,000 to any 'doomsayer' who thinks otherwise. Climatologist Stephen Schneider and ecologist Paul Ehrlich offered to make the bet, based on a list of 15 trends they expect to worsen over the next 15 years. These include increased global temperature and air pollution, and declines in tropical forest area and per capita rice and wheat yields.

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"Nuclear Sell-off Leaves Gas Pledge Hanging," F. Pearce, New Scientist, p. 7, May 20, 1995. The privatization of Britain's newer nuclear power stations, announced in a recent white paper, may undermine the government commitment to reduce CO2 emissions.

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"NASA Cultivating Basic Technology for Supersonic Passenger Aircraft," P.S. Zurer, Chem. Eng. News, pp. 10-16, Apr. 24, 1995. (Feature article.) By the year 2000, having spent nearly $2 billion, NASA, with the U.S. aerospace industry, hopes to have solved the problems that derailed the supersonic transport of the 1970s. Not the least of these problems is ozone depletion, but far more is known about that than in the 1970s.

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