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CO2 disposal: The U.S. Department of Energy has signed with its counterparts in Japan and Norway a major research agreement to evaluate options to capture and dispose of greenhouse gas emissions. Field tests of ocean sequestration are scheduled to begin this year and run over four years at a cost of nearly $4 million. (See EM (Air & Waste Mgmt. Assoc.), p. 32, Feb. 1998)

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Deforestation in the Amazon basin nearly tripled between the 1990-91 and 1994-95 burning seasons, according to data just released in January by the Brazilian government. Steps to reduce deforestation announced by the government two years ago have apparently been ineffective; legislation is pending in the Brazilian Congress that would establish criminal penalties. (See The New York Times, Jan. 27, 1998; New Scientist, p. 23, Feb. 7.)

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An Arctic ozone hole may have developed in the winter of 1996-97, when record low levels of ozone were observed. This is discussed in a collection of eight papers in the Nov. 15 issue of Geophysical Research Letters, two of which are listed in Prof. Pubs./Ozone Depletion/Distribution & Trends, this Global Climate Change Digest issue—Mar. 1998.

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"Program Begins Assessing the Consequences of Climate Change," J.A. Colucci,Eos, Trans. Amer. Geophys. Union, 121, 128, Mar. 10, 1998. Describes a process initiated last year by the U.S. Global Change Research Program to assess regional vulnerabilities to global climate change, part of a recent trend toward more goal-oriented research. Regional workshops and a national forum held last November have stressed the importance and difficulties of communication among scientists, policy makers, and stake holders. (For information see

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