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TOP TEN WORLD'S WORST POLLUTION PROBLEMS 2008
Two independent environmental groups - U.S.-based Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland - have issued a Top Ten list of the world's worst pollution problems 2008. The list appears in the pollution report jointly developed by Green Cross Switzerland and Blacksmith Institute. The report addresses the role of pollution as one of the leading contributing factors to death and disability in the world and highlights the disproportionate effects on the health of children.
LAS DIEZ FUENTES DE CONTAMINACIÓN MEDIOAMBIENTAL MÁS PELIGROSAS EN TODO EL MUNDO DEL AÑO 2008 in Spanish language (Word .rtf)
TOP TEN WORLD'S WORST POLLUTION PROBLEMS 2008 in Russian language (Word .rtf)
TOP TEN WORLD'S WORST POLLUTION PROBLEMS 2008 in Chinese language (Word .rtf)
Dangerous chemicals discharge in the wake of earthquake in China
On May 12, 2008 a major earthquake measuring 8,0 on the Richter Scale struck the southwest of the People's Republic of China. The quake's epicentre was located in Wenchuan County, Aba Prefecture, around 80 kilometres northwest of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Numerous mines and chemical plants are located in this part of China, many of which were damaged or completely destroyed during the quake. There are serious risks to human health and the environment as toxic chemicals may be released into the ground water supply, the air and the soil.
"Fair cooperation and water needs based approach to solve the water crisis in Middle East"
By taking a water needs-based approach, rather than merely focusing only the supply side, 25 leading international water experts gathered in Geneva to open a new dimension for water negotiations in Middle East. The water experts propose that negotiations will consider the sustainable water needs of current and future generations of Israelis and Palestinians alike. Once the needs are agreed upon, the best way to address those needs can be discussed. The water experts want to contribute to changing the way water is discussed in the Israeli-Palestinian context in order to focus on resolving the very actual and real needs of both societies, thereby helping to relieve the current water crisis in the Palestinian territories and Israel, while providing a firm basis for a permanent settlement of the outstanding water issues between the parties.
Milestone in the Development of a Joint Strategy for Water Supply in the Middle East
Access to water is one of the main reasons for the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The mediation project "Water for Peace in the Middle East" is striving to conduct a study about the needs for and availability of water. To this end, the Peres Center for Peace, Green Cross France and Green Cross Switzerland are holding the conference in Geneva from 2 to 4 May 2008. Approximately 30 experts from Israel, Palestine, Europe and USA will conduct a joint analysis of water needs and water availability of today and tomorrow for decision makers on the basis of generally accepted guidelines.