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Cities of joy

Issue Date: May 15, 2000
mayor Horst Mller was overwhelmed. Around 200 citizens of Olpe, a small industrial town west of Cologne, Germany, had gathered to attend the first meeting for the Local Agenda 21 ( la21 ). The numbers were much more than expected.

Deaths foretold

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2000
Ninety per cent of the 50,000 persons who died in the October 29, 1999, super cyclone that hit the Ersama block in coastal Orissa would be alive today - if only the population there had been evacuated inland, beyond the reach of the three 10-metre-high tidal waves that swept away everything in their wake. And there was all the time in the world to do it.

MAIght of OECD

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000

Polluter says' principle

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL FACILITY Established in October 1991, number of members: 165

Battle for turf

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
EVOLVING INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE UN Reform to perform The un 's attempts to streamline its environment programme have been consistent. The results have not.

Challenges ahead

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
Climate negotiators are broadly divided into three groups. Group one: European Union (EU) and small island states Want ecologically effective action - effective control of GHG emissions and climate change mitigation Group two: JUSSCANNZ (Japan, US, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand)

Green politics

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
I t's official. Bill Clinton will not be coming to India to discuss the nuclear issue, or the Indo-Pak issue. Environment and energy will top his list of priorities. This may come as a surprise to Indian politicos, who consider this a 'soft agenda'. But Clinton will be addressing an issue that is currently the biggest economic threat to his country. The us has its back against the wall at international negotiations to control climate change.

Boiling point

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
UN FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE In force from March 1994, ratified by 176 countries KYOTO PROTOCOL Signed by 84 countries, not yet in force


Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY In force December 29, 1993, Ratified by 175 countries The convention The Convention on Biological Diversity ( cbd ) recognises the rights of countries on their genetic resources. It emphasises - the conservation of biodiversity - its sustainable use
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