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Over one-third of the final statements issued by the leaders of the seven major western economic powers on July 16, 1989, in Paris were devoted to the global environment. Although no new measures were adopted, this degree of environmental concern at the annual economic summit is unprecedented. The statement advocates strengthening the Montreal Protocol (to eliminate ozone-depleting chemicals by the year 2000), and affirms existing programs on climate change, transboundary pollution, deforestation and other topics. See accounts in Environ. Rptr. Curr. Devel., pp. 560-562, July 21, 1989; Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 382-383 and 409-410 (excerpts of text); Nature, p. 176, July 20; Sierra Club Nat. News Rep., pp. 5-6, July 27, and:

"Environment Rises to the Top of the Agenda at Summit," C. Joyce, New Scientist, p. 27, July 15, 1989. Describes goals the United States developed for presentation at the summit. An editorial on p. 23 ("Let Them Eat Yellowcake") comments on the role of scientists in the economic and environmental antagonism between rich and poor nations.

"The First Green Summit," The Economist, pp. 13-14, July 15, 1989. Comments that the grand agreements made at the summit mean nothing if steps are not taken in the members' home countries.

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