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Item #d97oct47

"The Right Climate for Assessment," R.A. Kerr, Science, pp. 1916-1918, Sep. 26, 1997. A profile of Robert Watson, currently environmental director of the World Bank, who has just taken helm of the IPCC as it embarks on its next major assessment on climate change. Discusses how his previous work has prepared him for the task, and how he intends to avoid the type of criticism generated by the latest assessment. For instance, he will establish editorial boards to intervene between chapter lead authors and reviewers, and will better integrate business, industry, NGOs and developing countries into the IPCC.

Item #d97oct48

"New Approach for Greenhouse Talks," B. Hileman,Chem. Eng. News, pp. 22-26, Sep. 22, 1997. An interview with John Topping, president of the Climate Institute. He argues his case for a green energy revolution-a major move to renewable energy and energy efficiency measures-as a long-term solution to climate change that all parties could live with.

Item #d97oct49

Fossil fuel technology: U.S. Secretary of Energy Frederico Peña announced Sep. 15 a new initiative to develop advanced methods to sequester or recycle greenhouse gases. A formal call for proposals was issued; see or request information by fax to 304 285 4683 (refer to solicitation DE-RA26-98FT35008).

A workshop sponsored in late July by the Department of Energy explored some largely neglected options that would allow the continued use of fossil fuels while releasing far less CO2 to the atmosphere. (See "Fossil Fuels in a Greenhouse World," B. Hileman, Chem. Eng. News, pp. 34-37, Aug. 18, 1997.) The focus was on decarbonization of fuels, combined with hydrogen fuel cells and carbon sequestration.

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