March 22, 2010 · by Reid Dossinger
It’s Monday, so we’re doing our usual roundup of the publications that were new to the nap.edu catalog in the last week. As with many of our publications, all of the new publications this week have PDFs available to download for free.
Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Methods to Support International Climate Agreements (prepublication)
The world’s nations are moving toward agreements that will bind us together in an effort to limit future greenhouse gas emissions. With such agreements will come the need for all nations to make accurate estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and to monitor changes over time. In this context, the present book focuses on the greenhouse gases that result from human activities, have long lifetimes in the atmosphere and thus will change global climate for decades to millennia or more, and are currently included in international agreements. The book devotes considerably more space to CO2 than to the other gases because CO2 is the largest single contributor to global and is thus the focus of many mitigation efforts. Only data in the public domain were considered because public access and transparency are necessary to build trust in a climate treaty.
The book concludes that each country could estimate fossil-fuel CO2 emissions accurately enough to support monitoring of a climate treaty. However, current methods are not sufficiently accurate to check these self-reported estimates against independent data or to estimate other greenhouse gas emissions. Strategic investments would, within 5 years, improve reporting of emissions by countries and yield a useful capability for independent verification of greenhouse gas emissions reported by countries.
All New Publications This Week
Informing the Future: Critical Issues in Health, Fifth Edition (final)
A Scientific Assessment of Alternatives for Reducing Water Management Effects on Threatened and Endangered Fishes in California’s Bay Delta (prepublication)
Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 8 (final)
Medical Surge Capacity: Workshop Summary (final)
Ecosystem Concepts for Sustainable Bivalve Mariculture (final)
The Rise of Games and High Performance Computing for Modeling and Simulation (final)
Understanding Climate’s Influence on Human Evolution (final)
Review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Draft IRIS Assessment of Tetrachloroethylene (final)