Guidelines for the United Nations' Environmental Conference

Publication Date: January 1992

Publisher: Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Christopher M. Gacek; James L. Malone

Research Area: Environment

Keywords: Energy and environment

Type: Report


The U.S. would like the New York preparatory session, the meetings of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) and UNCED itself to be productive. The most important achievement would be for the INC discussions to produce a realistic and scientifically sound appraisal of the evidence that exists on global warming. There are two problems that need to be addressed. First, a scientific consensus needs to be developed on the way data will be weighted in computer models of the earth’s environment. Second, agreement should be reached on ways to improve the reliability of the data that will be used in computer models assessing global warming. This consensus might require new scientific field work.