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FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 11, NOVEMBER 1989
WORLD BANK AND GLOBAL WARMING
At an international conference on
sustainable development in Japan, World Bank President Barber Conable emphasized
the scientific uncertainty surrounding global warming and pointed out that some
benefits (such as increased productivity in cold regions) would offset
undesirable effects. He released a plan calling for family planning projects,
increased use of natural gas, and a phase-out of chlorofluorocarbons. The World
Bank has recently been developing ways to incorporate environmental concerns
into its primarily large, third-world projects, which often involve tropical
forests. However, the Bank's approach to environmental concerns has been
criticized by environmental groups, and Senator Robert Kastens, a ranking member
of the Senate committee which influences U.S. funding of the Bank, recently
labelled its position on global warming "absolutely unacceptable." Two
foreign affairs subcommittees in the U.S. House of Representatives have been
holding hearings on the environmental effects of World Bank lending policies.
For more details see Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 434-435, Sep. 1989, and
"World Bank Focus of Criticism for Policy on Global Warming," Greenhouse
Effect Report, p. 74, Sep.
"World Bank Unveils Environmental Plan To Be Integrated into All Its
Activities," Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 486-487, Oct. Discusses
reactions to a report released Sep. 25, World Bank Support for the
Environment: A Progress Report.
"Greener Faces for Its Greenbacks," The Economist, pp.
41-42, Sep. 2. Summarizes the latest report by the Bank's development committee
on environmental considerations.
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