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Sat Sep 23 03:57:35 MDT 2000
Landmark report urges new approach to stem widespread decline in
BERGEN, Norway, September 15, 2000 -- A landmark assessment released
today during a meeting of the world's top environment officials called
for a new approach to managing ecosystems in order to stem the
widespread decline of the processes that sustain life on earth.
"Every measure used by scientists to assess the health of the world's
ecosystems tells us that we are drawing on them more than ever and
degrading them at an accelerating pace," said Dr. Klaus Töpfer,
Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. "We
depend on ecosystems to sustain us, and their continued good health
depends, in turn, on how we take care of them."
The report, World Resources 2000-2001: People and Ecosystems, The
Fraying Web of Life, was released today by the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP), UNEP, the World Bank and the World
Resources Institute (WRI). Over 175 scientists contributed to this
global research effort, which took more than two years to complete.
Pollution and waste increasing in five countries despite more
efficient use of resources
WASHINGTON, DC, September 20, 2000 A new report released today by
the World Resources Institute (WRI) reveals that the total output of
wastes and pollutants in Austria, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and
the USA has increased by as much as 28 percent since 1975 despite
their increasing efficiency in using natural resources.
The report also reveals that from one-half to three-quarters of the
annual resource inputs used in these five countries are returned to
the environment as wastes within one year.
"The resource efficiency gains brought about by the rise of e-commerce
and the shift from heavy industries toward knowledge- and
service-based industries have been more than offset by the tremendous
scale of economic growth and consumer choices that favor energy- and
material-intensive lifestyles," said Emily Matthews of WRI and lead
author of The weight of nations: Material outflows from industrial
Trial by fire: Forest fires and forestry policy in Indonesia's era of
crisis and reform
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