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Item #d97nov35

The UNU-TERI Protocol on Climate Change: A Blueprint for Kyoto, 67 pp., 1997, no charge (TERI).

A joint project by the U.N. University and India's Tata Energy Research Institute, which attempts to reconcile the legitimate interests of all parties to the FCCC, and to introduce the perspective of developing countries. It proposes specific elements for adoption at Kyoto, such as a first reduction target of 7-10% from 1990 levels by 2005 for all Annex I countries, 12-20% by the year 2010 as a second target, and the use of per capita long-term targets. Notes that researchers, governments and policy makers must realize that Kyoto is not the end of the process.

Item #d97nov36

A Summary of U.S. Positions on Climate Change, M. Toman, M. Tebo, M. Pitcher, Oct. 1997, $10 U.S./$15 elsewhere (RFF).

Outlines the U.S. government's position, including details announced by President Clinton Oct. 22. Discusses factors such as the seriousness of the threat of climate change, types of domestic policy tools and their costs, and the role of developing countries. Also reviews the positions of groups who will have an important impact on the policy debate.

Item #d97nov37

Alternative Approaches to Offsetting the Competitive Burden of a Carbon/Energy Tax (Report No. E972), J.A. Hoerner, 34 pp., 1997, $14 (ACEEE).

Considers three approaches: (national) border tax adjustments, which prevent firms in low tax jurisdictions from preying on energy intensive industries in high tax jurisdictions; an energy efficiency credit; and an investment tax credit. Also discusses alternative approaches to emissions reductions.

Item #d97nov38

Reduction of CO2 Emissions: Policies and Measures for France, Sep. 1997 (WWF-France). In French.

Prepared by the French Institute for Evaluation of Energy and Environmental Strategies in Europe (INESTENE). Outlines steps by which France could reduce CO2 emissions by 10% by 2005 without major costs to industry or individuals, through changes in transport policy and efficiency upgrades.

Item #d97nov39

Tax Waste, Not Work, M.J. Hammond, S.J. DeCanio et al., Apr. 1997, $13 (Redefining Progress).

A monograph from a new public policy group, that shows how changing what we tax can lead to a stronger economy and a cleaner environment. Rather than higher taxes overall, or a distribution in the tax burden, argues for a way to raise federal revenue that would cut taxes on both labor and investment income. The approach offers diverse benefits, including environmental protection, job creation, incentives for investment, and others.

Item #d97nov40

Secondary Benefits of Climate Control Policies: Implications for the Global Environment Facility (GEC 96-17), R.J. Heintz, R.S. Tol, 39 pp., 1996, $9/£5 (CSERGE).

Examines ways to secure the greatest climate benefits with limited GEF funds, focusing on secondary benefits. Uses three GEF projects as case studies.

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