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Summit Stories from ENS

Date : 30th August 2002, Source : ENS



EARTH SUMMIT OPENS IN JOHANNESBURG

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 26, 2002 (ENS) - The World Summit on Sustainable Development opened this morning as South African President Thabo Mbeki welcomed delegates from 184 nations home "to the place that is recognized as the cradle of humanity." But the world is "in crisis," Mbeki said, "a world in which our resolve to bequeath to future generations a sustainable and viable future has been found wanting."

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-26-01.asp

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SUMMIT: PROTESTERS FACE POLICE BRUTALITY

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 26, 2002 (ENS) - Seventy-seven landless activists detained by Johannesburg police for two days after a protest march ahead of the World Summit on Sustainable Development were released Friday, after alleging police brutality and demanding the right to free speech and assembly.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-26-04.asp

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SUMMIT: OECD ENERGY AGENCY URGES RADICAL CHANGES

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 26, 2002 (ENS) - Some 1.6 billion people today have no access to electricity, while 2.4 billion rely on primitive biomass for cooking and heating. In the absence of "radical" new policies, 1.4 billion will still have no electricity in 30 years time, according to a new study by the International Energy Agency released today at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-26-03.asp

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NORWEGIAN CO2 SEA INJECTION TRIALS CANCELED

OSLO, Norway, August 26, 2002 (ENS) - A last minute veto from Norway's environment minister has scuppered what would have been the world's first attempt to demonstrate sequestration of carbon in the oceans by injecting liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) into the Norwegian Sea. Carbon sequestration is being considered as a technique to remove the main greenhouse gas, CO2, from the atmosphere to curb global warming.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-26-02.asp

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KOREAN FREIGHTERS CHARGED WITH DUMPING OIL

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, August 26, 2002 (ENS) - Four foreign companies have pleaded guilty to conspiracy in an ocean pollution case involving direct discharges of oil from a fleet of large, refrigerated cargo ships that regularly travel through Alaska waters. Several Korean nationals were indicted last week for their involvement in the ocean dumping, which has been going on for at least seven years.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-26-06.asp

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GREENLAND AGREES TO END COMMERCIAL SALMON FISHING

WASHINGTON, DC, August 26, 2002 (ENS) - The United States, Greenland and other private interests have reached an agreement to help preserve endangered populations of wild salmon in the North Atlantic. The agreement suspends all commercial salmon fishing in West Greenland, while allowing a limited annual subsistence harvest.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-26-07.asp

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SUMMIT: JUDGES FORTIFY ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PRINCIPLES

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 27, 2002 - An action plan to strengthen the development, use and enforcement of environmentally related laws has been drawn up by over 100 of the world's most senior judges at the World Summit for Sustainable Development. The move signals a new era featuring improved capacity of judges, prosecutors, and legislators as well as greater public participation in environmental decision-making.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-27-01.asp

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FOREST SERVICE ACCOUNTANTS MISPLACED FIRE FUNDS

WASHINGTON, DC, August 27, 2002 (ENS) - The United States Forest Service misplaced about $215 million in federal firefighting funds due to an accounting error, a taxpayer watchdog group charges. The agency miscalculated the money left in a fire management fund at the beginning of fiscal year 2001, leaving millions of dollars unavailable for fire suppression and recovery activities.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-27-06.asp

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CONSERVANCY, PAPER COMPANY PROTECT MAINE WOODS

MILLINOCKET, Maine, August 27, 2002 (ENS) - In a partnership that will help protect 241,000 acres of Maine woods, The Nature Conservancy has agreed to provide long term financing to Great Northern Paper, Inc., a pulp and paper company that is one the 10 largest employers in the state. The unprecedented alliance is designed to protect both jobs and forestland around Mount Katahdin, the highest point in Maine.

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GREEN MINISTER'S RESIGNATION SHOCKS BELGIUM

BRUSSELS, Belgium, August 27, 2002 (ENS) - Belgium's Environment Minister Magda Aelvoet parted company with the government last night in protest over a weapons sale to Nepal. The Green minister's resignation followed approval by Liberal Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt and Foreign Minister Louis Michel of a Belgian shipment of 5,500 machine guns to Nepal, where a civil war is raging.

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SUMMIT: RESTORATION OF FISHERIES BY 2015 AGREED

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 28, 2002 (ENS) - Restoration of the world's depleted fisheries not later than 2015 was agreed by negotiators at the World Summit on Sustainable Development Tuesday. Considered a breakthrough by summit organizers, agreement on the target date in the Johannesburg Summit's Plan of Implementation requires countries to marshal resources and political will to ensure the responsible management of fisheries.

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CITY SPRAWL WORSENS WATER SHORTAGES

WASHINGTON, DC, August 28, 2002 (ENS) - Sprawling development slows the replenishment of underground aquifers, making it harder for communities to cope with drought, warns a report released today by three environmental groups. The first of its kind study details the impacts of paving over the landscape, sending billions of gallons of water into streams and rivers as polluted runoff, rather than into the soil to replenish groundwater.

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CONTAMINATED CHINESE HONEY SEIZED AT U.S. PORTS

WASHINGTON, DC, August 28, 2002 (ENS) - Some bulk imports of Chinese honey into the United States are contaminated with low levels of a potentially harmful antibiotic and an unapproved food additive, an investigation by the U.S. Customs Service and the Food and Drug Administration has found. Officials have detained more than 50 containers of bulk Chinese honey at U.S. ports.

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SUMMIT: PROGRESS MADE ON FINANCE AND TRADE

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 29, 2002 (ENS) - A "good spirit in the room" has enabled negotiators at the World Summit on Sustainable Development to resolve many of the most difficult issues relating to trade and finance over the past 48 hours, according to the United Nations official chairing the talks.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-29-01.asp

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SUMMIT: U.S. OFFERS $2.56 BILLION IN PARTNERSHIPS

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 29, 2002 (ENS) - The United States announced five programs worth $2.56 billion today at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. The initiatives are aimed at providing poor people with access to clean water, sanitation, clean energy, relief from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and protection for Congolese forests.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-29-10.asp

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SUMMIT: AFRICA WATER FACILITY TO FUND CLEAN WATER
By Singy Hanyona

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 29, 2002 (ENS) - A coalition of stakeholders to implement the Africa Water Vision 2015 today launched the Africa Water Facility at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. An off-shoot of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) the Africa Water Facility aims to halve the number of Africans who do not have access to clean drinking water by the year 2015 by providing funds to water projects.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-29-02.asp

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SUMMIT: UNDERFUNDED GENEBANKS CALLED KEY TO CROP DIVERSITY

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 29, 2002 (ENS) - A lack of funding for agricultural gene banks could lead to the loss of a large proportion of the world's collection of crop diversity, warns a new report from researchers from the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Imperial College in London.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-29-06.asp

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SUMMIT: RULES FOR FOREIGN COMPANIES TO LIVE BY
By Alexandru R. Savulescu

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 29, 2002 (ENS) - Accidents that impact the environment at mines, factories and power plants owned by foreign investors could more easily be avoided if environmental governance principles are applied, says a senior representative of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC).

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MY SUMMIT: DEMOCRACY FOR FOREST PEOPLES
By Dr. Nat Quansah

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 29, 2002 (ENS) - Forestry experts from around the world gathered at Mears Hall at the St. Stithians College on Tuesday for the World Sustainability Hearings Day of Forests, Indigenous and Other Forest-dependent Peoples.

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-29-05.asp

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SUMMIT: HYDROGEN POWERED BMW TURNS HEADS
By Lauren Kansley

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 29, 2002 (ENS) The rising cost of fuel must have many people wishing that getting from point A to B was as easy as throwing a couple of liters of water in the tank. That dream might not that be so distant, judging by an exhibit attracting lots of attention outside the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg: BMW's '0 liter car.'

For full text and graphics visit: http://ens-news.com/ens/aug2002/2002-08-29-07.asp

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SUMMIT: MARCHERS TAKE TO THE STREETS SATURDAY

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 30, 2002 (ENS) - Tens of thousands of people in Johannesburg and around the world are expected to join a Global Day of Action Saturday to protest the growing power of corporations and how multinational companies are using the World Summit on Sustainable Development for public relations purposes.

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FAMINE, FEARS SPARK DEBATE OVER BIOTECH FOOD

WASHINGTON, DC, August 30, 2002 (ENS) - Drought and famine stricken nations in southern Africa should not reject donations of genetically modified food, officials from the United States and the World Health Organization argued this week. The statements come in response to recent decisions by Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe to reject offers of U.S. aid due to concerns about biotechnology.

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MOUNTAIN PLANT PULLED BACK FROM THE BRINK

WASHINGTON, DC, August 30, 2002 (ENS) - Robbins' cinquefoil, a rare plant that was on the brink of extinction just a few years ago, has more than tripled its numbers in the past two decades. This week, the tiny alpine plant was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered plants, make it an even rarer success story for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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