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close this bookWIT's World Ecology Report - Vol. 07, No. 3 - Critical Issues in Health and the Environment (WIT, 1995, 16 p.)
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentSpecial Focus
View the documentHealth and Environment: Live Better, Live Longer
View the documentChernobyl Update
View the documentGood News
View the documentBiodiversity Patents: A New Approach to Resource Extraction
View the documentDid You Know?
View the documentLet There Be Light!
View the documentFood for Thought: On the Road to Peace & Prosperity
View the documentA New Alliance
View the documentVoices of the Planet
View the documentPoint of view: The United Nations: 50 Years of Conflict, 50 Years of Development, 5.6 Billion People

Voices of the Planet

· WIT has successfully engineered the delivery of over 2,000 pounds of clothing, toys, and educational and medical supplies to two orphanages near the Children's Specialized Hospital for victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. All donated items were given by WIT members, and delivered by WIT regional staff in the Ukraine. The shipment was part of the container supplied by the Children of Chernobyl Relief Fund. Other shipments are planned for victims of environmental disasters around the world. Contact: World Information Transfer, 866 Third Avenue, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

· An updated one-hour long videotape of all the WIT Health and Environment Conferences will soon be available for a special price of $24. When ordering please specify NSTC or PAL. Contact: World Information Transfer, 866 Third Avenue, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

· GreenCOM, the Environmental Education and Communication Project of the U.S. Agency for International Development, is operating an information exchange center accessible to environmental educators and communicators among developing nations. The project is accessible by mail, fax, and e-mail, and currently acts as repository for more than 4,000 publications, curricula, newsletters, brochures, posters, videos, and other materials on environmental education and communication. The Center is actively looking for new information, and welcomes all materials donations. The Center provides bibliographies, articles, xeroxes, and further contact information. Make information requests as specific as possible. Contact: GreenCOM Information Exchange Center, 1255 23rd St. NW, Washington, DC, 20037 USA; Fax 202-884-8997; e-mail <>

· Organized by Tufts University's Center for Agriculture, Food, and Environment, an upcoming conference on Environmental Enhancement through Agriculture will focus on ways that agricultural practices may be employed toward actively helping the environment, rather than merely reducing the damage agricultural practices currently cause. Two WIT members will be participating in this conference. Contact: Environmental Enhancement Conference, Henry Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture, 9200 Edmonston Road, Suite 117, Greenbelt, MD, USA 20770; telephone 617277-1200; fax 617-734-6991.

· In Durban, South Africa, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) recently co-sponsored a conference on ecotourism in southern Africa with regional governments and the World Bank. Contact: International Association for Impact Assessment; telephone 254-262-1234; fax 254-222-6886; internet or John Raimondo, South Africa Chapter of IAIA; telephone 27-21-650-2886; fax 27-21-650-3791; internet

· The United Nations "Home Page" has been launched on the World Wide Web, allowing public access to the latest U.N. news, especially documents generated by the General Assembly, the Security Council, and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The new system allows information to be disseminated more quickly than in the past, and reaches a far greater number of interested people and organizations. The Home Page address is:

· The Society for Occupational and Environmental Health (SOEH) annual conference "Advances in Medical Surveillance for Environmental and Occupational Health: From Exposure Onset through Health Outcome" will be held December 6-8 in Bethesda, MD. For additional information please contact the SOEH National Office, 6728 Old McLean Village Drive, McLean, VA 22101, Phone 703-556-9222, Fax 703-556-8729.

· The Third Annual World Bank Conference on Effective Financing of Environmentally Sustainable Development will be held in Washington, DC on October 4-6, 1995. To register, please call 203-473-9361, Fax 202-522-3244.

· "Culture and Agriculture" is the 1995 theme of the World Decade for Cultural Development (1988-1997) and title of a recently released booklet. Based on the experiences of inter-governmental organizations, notably the Food and Agriculture Organization, the booklet's 12 articles analyse past projects in trying to infuse agricultural development policies with a healthy respect for cultural practices. From educational comic strips to sacred groves, a wide range of tactics is offered to enable local communities to take an active part in development projects.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Bank have assisted with the formulation of sustainable forestry action plans in 90 countries.

SOURCE: UN Photo 107154/GT

· Dismantling the Bomb and Managing the Nuclear Materials. Washington, DC: Office of Technology Assessment, 1993.

The Cold War's demise has posed an international question unprecedented in world history: What do we do with all these devastatingly destructive nuclear weapons? Current United States federal efforts to answer this question are adequate for present and immediate contingencies, but they are insufficient to address the challenge on any kind of long-term basis. This book provides the scientific and organizational background material needed to substantiate its call for a focused, top-level government effort to develop a comprehensive national disarmament and nuclear materials management policy.

Among the report's most significant insights is that decision-making processes must not only be open to public scrutiny, but must incorporate public participation in all phases of planning and development. The OTA contributors include experts on radiology, environmental evaluation, health and life sciences, and marine and terrestrial ecosystems, as well as advisors from public interest groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. This scholarly array of advisors and contributors suggests various initiatives that Congress might consider, discusses the next stages of dismantlement and materials management, approaches solutions to the ultimate disposition of radioactive materials, and pursues ways to encourage and assist Russia in establishing appropriate practices.

The text, although marked by professionalism and scholarship, isn't too technical for the lay reader, and the narrative is accompanied by an abundance of charts, graphs, maps, and schematics that read almost as fluidly as the prose. Several appendices provide more in depth discussions of some of the more pertinent factors of nuclear waste disposal and management, and suggest areas of further study and public involvement. A highly appropriate volume for both the casual and non-casual reader.

UNICEF has provided children the world over with sustenance during times of hardship, which for a majority of the world's children means always.


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