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close this bookWIT's World Ecology Report - Vol. 05, No. 3 - The Digest of Critical Environmental Information (WIT, 1993, 12 pages)
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View the documentSPECIAL FOCUS: Population Growth: A World in Balance
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View the documentHEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Food Safety and Health
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View the documentVoices for the Planet
View the documentPOINT OF VIEW: Becoming Environmentally Literate

Voices for the Planet


· On a recent trip exploring the coral reefs off the coasts of Caribbean countries, Dr Christine Durbak (3rd row center) with a group of European WIT members, found many coral beds dead or dying from the untreated sewage dumped off the coast lines. St. John's Island in the U.S. Virgins, however, due to its vast holding of protected land, was just as magnificent as when Dr. Durbak first observed the coral beds 20 years ago.

· A diversified task force of population experts have collaborated to identify the nature of successful populations policies and programmes. Their findings are published in Population Policies and Programmes: Lessons Learned from Two Decades of Experience. Edited by Dr. Nafis Sadik, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, this book is must reading for anyone interested in the kind of programmes that have been successful in limiting population growth rates. This 464-page book sells for $50 U.S. and is available through the New York University Press, Order Department, 70 Washington Square, New York, NY 10012 USA.

· Cambodia has perhaps as many as 10 million landmines waiting to explode or be defused which has greatly reduced land than can safely be farmed. For our readers interested in learning about the activities of groups involved in the international landmines campaigns and for those who seek information about the devastation caused by small, long-lasting plastic landmines, a newsletter is now available. The newsletter, called Landmines Update, is available through the Landmines Campaign of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, 2001 S Street N.W., Suite 740, Washington, DC 2009. Contact Jody Williams.

"At home, we must reject the false choice between jobs and environmental protection. Today you can't have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, and you don't have to sacrifice economic growth."

President Bill Clinton

· A recently published book, A Fierce Green Fire, by Philip Shabecoff (Hill & Wang, 1993), the history of the American environmental movement and fills in a significant gap in our understanding of the current, dynamic interest and activity about environmental issues in the United States. The author treats three major stages of the environmental movement beginning with the Conservation Movement of the nineteenth century. In his preface, Shabecoff disclaims the book as a work of historical scholarship and regards it as a journalistic account of a powerful developing social force. The focus of this book is America and one chapter is given to international environmentalism.

· Vital Signs: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future concisely presents the good news, the bad news, and some surprises about the health of our planet and civilization. The Worldwatch Institute's award-winning researchers have culled information from around the globe to come up 36 key indicators that best track change in our environmental, economic and social health. Vital Signs analyzes each indicator - whether on food or forests, nuclear warheads or infant mortality - in text and easy-to-read graphs.

Vital Signs is an invaluable guide for public policymakers and environmentally concerned citizens everywhere who wish to become environmentally literate.

Copies at $10.95 US are available through W.W. Norton, 500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10110 USA.

· The United Nations Population Fund (220 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017 USA) publishes an excellent monthly magazine, Populi, which reports on population issues. Published in English, French and Spanish, Populi is available free of charge to interested parties.



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