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FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 10, OCTOBER 1995
BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
GENERAL AND POLICY
Climate Change 1994: Radiative Forcing of Climate and an Evaluation
of the IPCC IS92 Emission Scenarios, J.T. Houghton, L.G.M. Filho et al.,
Eds., 250 pp., 1995, $47.96 hbk/$19.96 pbk (Kluwer).
This report, now available through a commercial publisher, was prepared by
IPCC Working Groups I and II. It reviews the latest scientific evidence on
several topics, including CO2 and the carbon cycle, trace gases and atmospheric
chemistry, aerosols, radiative forcing, and trace gas radiative forcing indices.
(See Digest news articles, Oct. 1994 and Feb. 1995.)
Mending the Ozone Hole: Science, Technology, and Policy, A.
Makhijani, K. Gurney, 360 pp., Sep. 1995, $35 (MIT).
Reviews the status of stratospheric ozone loss and its epidemiological and
ecological consequences; emission sources; alternative technologies; national
and international policy development and industry responses; and projections of
levels of ozone-depleting chlorine. Makes recommendations for protecting the
Global Climate Change and Public Policy, D.L. Feldman, Ed., 175
pp., 1994, $30 (Nelson-Hall).
Contains eight papers by political scientists, economists, planners,
international lawyers and natural scientists, addressing national, international
and subnational problems, issues, responses and constraints. Discusses prospects
for resolving equity and public acceptability in international agreements.
Earth Observations and Global Change Decision Making: A National
Partnership, Aug. 1995, $125 (ERIM).
Proceedings of the fifth in a series of annual conferences sponsored by NASA
and NOAA. Proceedings from prior years are also available.
Interpreting the Precautionary Principle, T. O'Riordan, J.
Cameron, Eds., 180 pp., 1995, £13.95 (Earthscan).
Explains the history and evolution of the principlethat public and
private interests should act to prevent environmental harm. Relates economic
arguments for and against precaution, and applies the principle to issues such
as biodiversity and climate change. Discusses implications for science,
government and international law.
Global Environmental Issues: A Climatological Approach, 2nd ed.,
D.D. Kemp, 304 pp., Dec. 1994, $59.95 hbk/$19.95 pbk (Routledge).
According to the publisher, this book fills the gap between technical
literature and general articles for popular reading. Takes an interdisciplinary
approach to issues such as global warming, ozone depletion, drought and acid
rain, emphasizing both their societal and environmental components.
A Climate for Development: Climate Change Policy Options for Africa,
H.W.O. Okoth-Ogendo, J.B. Ojwang, Eds., 264 pp., 1995 (SEI).
Documents the Climate and Africa Project, coordinated by the Stockholm
Environment Institute with the African Centre for Technology Studies. Provides
policy options and a sectoral analysis of greenhouse gas emissions and abatement
options. Also discusses impacts, capacity building, technology transfer and
adaptation, and financial and joint implementation mechanisms.
African Conference on Policy Options and Responses to Climate Change,
S. Silveira, Ed., 59 pp., 1995, (SEI). Proceedings of a U.N. Environment
Programme conference held December 5-8, 1994.
Green Planet Blues: Environmental Politics from Stockholm to Rio,
K. Conca, M. Alberty, G.D. Dabelko, Eds., 258 pp., Sep. 1995, $64.95/£48.50
hbk, $22.95/£13.50 pbk (Westview).
Presents a diversity of viewpoints and uses the paradigms of sustainable
development, environmental security, and ecological justice to develop topics
such as climate change, deforestation, the ozone layer, acid rain and
transboundary pollution. Organized to highlight important political developments
as well as environmental challenges. Sections include the debate at Stockholm,
prospects for international cooperation, and the sustainable development debate.
Global Environmental Politics, 2nd ed., G. Porter, J.W. Brown,
256 pp., Sep. 1995, $49.95/£37 hbk, $14.95/£9.50 pbk (Westview).
According to the publisher, the book has been greatly revised since the
first edition, and presents a comprehensive overview of topics such as the Rio
conference, water security, biodiversity treaty, global warming, and the ozone
layer. Includes nine case studies.
Human Impacts on Weather and Climate, W.R. Cotton, R.A. Pielke,
288 pp., 1995, $64.95 hbk/$24.95 pbk (Cambridge).
The book, revised and expanded from the 1992 edition, is a nonmathematical
presentation of basic physical concepts. Assesses current hypotheses, examines
whether the impacts are measurable, and evaluates human impacts on regional
weather and climate and on global climate. Includes weather modification,
anthropogenic emissions, land-use changes and greenhouse gas theory.
Caring for Creation: An Ecumenical Approach to the Environmental
Crisis, M. Oelschlaeger, 296 pp., 1994, $30 (Yale).
Argues that, although religion may contribute to environmental problems, it
can also play an important role in solving the problems. Examines a broad range
of Western religious traditions, analyzes their creation stories and finds
environmentally positive features in each of them. Believes that religious
discourse in the public arena offers a way for environmental issues to be
addressed, and urges churches to make them a worship theme in their services.
The Fading of the Greens: The Decline of Environmental Politics in
the West, A. Bramwell, 240 pp., 1994, $25 (Yale).
Surveys the failure of the Greens to create a new politics. Examines their
development in England, Germany and the U.S. and the shift from fighting the
emphasis on growth to the appearance of revulsion against the increasing
industrialization of the West. Argues that the "green" frontier now
lies with international organizations rather than with political parties.
The Changing Global Environment, N. Roberts, Ed., 531 pp., 1994, £60
hbk/£17.99 pbk (Oxford).
Reviewed by P. Holland in Prog. Phys. Geog., pp. 303-304, June 1995.
An alternative to current textbooks in physical geography, this book uses essays
to illustrate global problems and their causes and solutions. The essays are
based on current information and are well illustrated. Essay topics include
climate change, remote sensing, prehistoric climates, ice masses, sea level
rise, acidification and deforestation.
Taming the Dragon: Transforming Economic Institutions in the Face of
Global Change, C.C. Jaeger, 311 pp., 1994, $48 hbk/$20 pbk (Gordon and
Reviewed briefly by J. J?ger in Environment, p. 29, June 1995.
Examines how human ecological systems have transformed the biosphere, discusses
the limitations of economics to maintain it, and looks at the processes that
could lead to sustainable life. Concludes that a practical solution to the
current environmental crisis will be found only through joint action.
Reviews of Previous Entries
Global Warming: The Complete Briefing, J. Houghton, 1994 (Lion).
Extensive review by A. Hecht in Clim. Change, pp. 123-126, Sep. 1995. (GLOBAL
CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST, p. 14, July 1994)
Scarcity or Abundance? A Debate on the Environment, N. Myers,
J.L. Simon, 1994 (Norton). Reviewed by R. Costanza in BioScience, pp.
633-634, Oct. 1995. (Global Climate Change Digest, p. 8, Mar. 1995)
Desertification: Exploding the Myth, D.S.G. Thomas, N.J.
Middleton, 1994 (Wiley). Reviewed by H.A. Amery, Nat. Resour. Forum, pp.
85-86, Feb. 1995. Note that the correct book title is given here; it is
erroneously given as Exploring the Myth in the review. (GLOBAL
CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST, p. 19, Nov.-Dec. 1994)
The European Carbon Tax: An Economic Assessment, C. Carraro, D.
Siniscalco, Eds., 1993 (Kluwer). Reviewed by J.K. Lazo, The Energy J.,
pp. 229-231, Oct. 1994. (Global Climate Change Digest, p. 6, Oct. 1994)
Guide to Publishers
Index of Abbreviations