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FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 3, MARCH 1989
INTERNATIONAL NEWS NOTES
"Scientists Say Urgent Action Needed to Tackle Greenhouse Effect
Worldwide," Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 53, Feb. 1989. This was the
conclusion of a scientific panel at the World Economic Forum in Geneva in
January, an annual gathering of top business and political leaders. Prime
Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland of Norway called for global talks on resources
and marketing and on the climatic effects of energy use.
"Minister Says Soviets Progressing on Environmental Protection
Efforts," ibid., p. 65. An interview with S. Yu. Tsurikov, a Soviet
environment minister, on USSR support of international efforts on global change,
global warming, ozone depletion and acid rain.
"Experts on Soviet Environmental Issues See Renewed Interest in
Pollution Abatement," ibid., 65-66. At a Washington briefing held
by the Environmental and Energy Institute and the congressional Environmental
and Energy Study conference, Nicholas Robinson of Pace University said that,
although Moscow is a party to the Montreal Protocol, the Soviets do not expect
to meet the timetable for CFC reductions. Other aspects of the national and
international Soviet environmental situations are discussed.
"Komeito Party Urges Japan to Take Lead in Solving Global
Environmental Problems," ibid., p. 22, Jan. 1989. Japan's
second-largest opposition party released an 11-page document for preserving the
global environment at its November annual meeting. Recommendations included
establishing an Earth survival fund for research from donations by
industrialized nations and private industry, creating a 21st-century global
environmental policy team composed of Japanese and foreign experts, and
promotion of technologies to reduce energy use and pollution.
"European Trading Group Proposes Surcharge as Last-Ditch Attempt to
Save Rain Forests," Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 653, Dec. 1988. The
European Tropical Timber Importers Federation made the proposal at a symposium
in Japan of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), representing
nations that export and consume tropical wood. Japanese conservationists called
for Japan to alter its present lack of concern for forest loss. Also discusses
the World Wide Fund for Nature's call on Japan to halt imports of raw logs from
"Spare the Tree and Spoil the Forest," M. Cross, New Sci.,
24-25, Nov. 26, 1988. Analyzes positions of the ITTO and World Wide Fund for
Nature on tropical forest destruction, explaining the viewpoint of the tropical
timber industry and academics, that controlled commercial exploitation is the
only way to save the rainforests.
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