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FROM VOLUME 9, NUMBER 12, DECEMBER 1996
BOOKS AND PROCEEDINGS...
GENERAL INTEREST & POLICY
Warming: Can Civilization Survive? P. Brown, £12.99,
A brief comment in New Scientist (p. 44, Nov. 2, 1996)
states that the book is a thorough, readable, and up-to-date
account of the scientific and political greenhouse orthodoxy.
Proceedings from the Global Warming International Conferences
(GW1 through GW8) are available and priced at $175 per year, from World
Resource Rev. This series of annual meetings encompasses
science, policy, economics, law and other topics.
of Desertification and Climate, M.A.J. Williams, R.C. Balling
Jr., 270 pp., 1996, $69.95 (Halsted Press, New York).
Prepared for the U.N. Environment Program. Major sections
cover human activities (particularly agriculture); the effects of
climate on dryland soils, ecosystems and other factors;
statistical and numerical simulations of the impacts of climatic
variations on desertification; short- and long-term approaches to
restore degraded drylands and prevent future desertification.
Stresses the importance of coupling empirical field studies with
numerical simulations. Reviewed by E.V. McDonald in Eos
(pp. 379, 381, Sep. 24, 1996), who writes that the authors have
done an excellent job of assembling an up-to-date summary. They
demonstrate how dryland surface processes and climate are linked
through numerous pathways. Included are insightful discussions
about the social and economic aspects of desertification and
their importance to mitigation.
State of the Environment 1996, 544 pp., 1996, US$75 (CSIRO
Pub.) Also available on CD-ROM for $75. The book and CD-ROM
together cost $110.
Prepared by a group of Australia's scientists, academics,
industry leaders and environmentalists, this is the first
independent, nation-wide assessment of Australia's environment.
Provides a scientific assessment of environmental conditions,
focusing on the impacts of human activities.
Choices: Facing the Challenge of Food Scarcity, L.R. Brown,
159 pp., Sep. 1996, $11/Can.$14 (W.W. Norton for Worldwatch).
Prepared as the Worldwatch Institute's contribution to the
U.N. World Food Summit (Nov. 1996, Rome). Presents data and
examples that challenge the U.N. Food and Agricultural
Organization's projections of grain surpluses and falling prices
to 2010. Discusses the impact of climate change on agriculture
and the consequences of the occurrence since 1979 of the 11
warmest years since record keeping began in 1866. If the Earth's
average temperature continues to rise the threat to food security
may force a dramatic reorientation of energy policy, which might
translate into such measures as a carbon tax to stimulate
investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
for SurvivalEnvironmental Decline, Social Conflict, and the
New Age of Insecurity, M. Renner, 239 pp., Oct. 1996,
US$11/Can.$14 (W.W. Norton for Worldwatch).
Human security can no longer defended by military might, but
will depend on efforts to stabilize the world's population,
reduce social inequities, conserve soil and water, and protect
the climate. Gives numerous examples of the consequences of
environmental degradation, noting that such threats could be
exacerbated by climate changes from increased greenhouse gases.
The book illustrates a new balance in security investments that
de-emphasizes military arms and uses the resulting available
funds to meet environmental and social investments. Also
recommends strengthening global conventions on climate and
biodiversity so that other efforts to provide security are not
and Ecological Monitoring of the St. Petersburg Region in the
Context of Global Change, K. Ya. Kondratyev, A.K. Frolov,
Eds., 430 pp., 1996. In Russian, with summary and table of
contents in English. Contact K. Ya Kondratyev, Res. Ctr. for
Ecological Safety, Russian Acad. of Sciences, Korpusnaya St. 18,
197042 St. Petersburg, Russia (tel: 7 812 230 78 37; fax: 7 812
235 43 61; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Provides a Russian perspective on ecological trends in the
Baltic region of Europe and in northwestern Russia, assessed
against the background of global change. Moves from a very broad
discussion of global environmental concerns to regional trends,
and concludes by describing a system for complex regional
of Science and Reason: How Anti-Environmental Rhetoric Threatens
Our Future, P. Ehrlich, A. Ehrlich, 335 pp., 1996 (Island
A few scientists, who are attempting to minimize the
seriousness of environmental problems, have been afforded
significant coverage in the media despite the fact that their
views are based on "junk science." The authors agree
that there is nothing inherently wrong with contrary views, which
are in fact the foundation of scientific inquiry, but these
proponents have an agenda very different from that of most
scientists. Issues including climate change and ozone depletion
are among those subject to this "brownlash," a backlash
against "green" policies. Other issues addressed in the
book include population and food, biological diversity, and
depletion of natural resources. (See Intl. Environ. Rptr.,
pp. 904-905, Oct. 2, 1996; and feature article "Skeptics
Challenged on Several Fronts," in Global Environ. Change
Rep., pp. 1-3, Nov. 8, 1996.)
State of Humanity, J. Simon, 1995, $24.95/£16.99
Offers a view contrary to current concerns over disappearing
rainforests, ozone holes and global warming. A brief comment in New
Scientist (p. 42, July 20, 1996), disputes the publisher's
assertion that the book is "balanced" in its view that
human ingenuity will get us by and make us ever richer, and that
increasing numbers of people will provide more hands to feed more
Making in an Era of Global Environmental Change, R.E. Munn,
J.W.M. la Rivi?re, US$49.50 (Canadian Global Change
An overview of research relating to the International
Geosphere-Biosphere Program and the World Climate Research
International Regimes: Institutions for International
Environmental Governance, T. Gehring, 525 pp., 1994, $74.95
(Peter Lang Pub., New York/Frankfurt).
Develops a theoretical treatment for addressing major
questions of interest to political scientists. Shows that
international environmental regimes that establish ongoing
processes of negotiation can alter member states' interests, and
thereby shape their behavior and improve environmental quality.
Reviewed by R. Mitchell in Intl. Environ. Affairs (pp.
190-191, Spring 1995), who finds that the book would have
benefited from better integration of theory and empirical
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