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German voluntary program: A consortium representing German industries has agreed to voluntarily reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2005, based on 1990 levels. In turn, the government has announced it has no plans to introduce a national CO2/energy tax, and would exempt industries that make the commitment from any European Union tax. The independent Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (Rhine-Westphalian Inst. for Econ. Res.) will monitor emission levels. See Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 266, Apr. 3, 1996; Global Environ. Change Rep., pp. 6-7, Apr. 12, 1996; or contact the German Industry Assoc. (tel: 49 221 370 80; fax: 49 221 370 8730).

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Congressional hearing on EOS: A March hearing arranged by Rep. Robert S. Walker (Chair, House Committee on Science) examined the economic and scientific soundness of NASA's Earth Observing System of satellites, now being developed. Scientists on all sides of the climate change question agreed on the need for future satellite data from EOS, and a NASA administrator pointed out how the program goes far beyond global warming. See Chem. Eng. News, pp. 32-34, Apr. 8, 1996; Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 223-224, Mar. 20, 1996.

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Environmental issues survey: An international survey of specialists in both governmental and nongovernmental organizations, conducted by the Asahi Glass Foundation, found that the problem of global warming was regarded most seriously in Oceania, which includes many island nations, and least seriously by Japan. The measure judged to be most effective in mitigation was the development and promotion of renewable energy resources. In developed countries, support for measures such as environmental taxes was strong. See Environ. Conservation, 22(3), 272-273, Autumn 1995, or contact Yu Nakamura, Asahi Glass Foundation, Bank of Tokyo Bldg. 12F, 1-4-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100, Japan (tel: 81 3 3285 0591; fax: 81 3 3285 0592).

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