Maintaining our home
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THE PROBLEM with the environment is that there's not as much of it to go around as there used to be. Well, not as much to pollute at will, anyway. 'At the start of the industrial revolution 200 years ago, no one thought that burning fossil fuels for energy would increase in scale until it destabilised the world climate,' writes scientist and author David Suzuki in this edition. Today, things are different. A study published in the August issue of the Journal of Climate claims that pollution from industrial nations may have been a major factor in the 1970-85 African drought and subsequent famine that left 1.2 million people dead. Researchers say the drought may have been brought on in part by sulphur dioxide particles from power plants and factories in North America, Europe and Asia.
J�rgen Trittin, Germany's Environment Minister, outlines in our lead article positive changes that can be set in motion at the upcoming United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development if we have the courage and the will to do so. World Resources Institute President Jonathan Lash examines ethical issues behind the environmental crisis. Philippines President Gloria Arroyo looks at poverty reduction as a key element in furthering sustainable development. And Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope discusses challenges faced by environmentalists in the developing world. It seems common sense, but we foul our nest at our own peril, and lately we're doing so at an alarming rate of speed. Taking care of planet Earth is in everyone's best interest. Until we find something better, it's our only home.
- The opportunity of Johannesburg - Germany's Minister for the Environment J�rgen Trittin discusses challenges and opportunities awaiting delegates at the upcoming United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.
- Taking care of the Joneses - Award-winning scientist and author David Suzuki, Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, examines the role of ethics in development.
- Battling poverty in the Philippines - Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines, looks at poverty reduction as a means of furthering development in her country.
- The linchpin generation
- Environmental ethics
- Snow today, gone tomorrow
- How agroforestry is saving farmland in Zambia
- Human rights and the environment
- The responsibility of business for the environment
- Envisioning an eco-economy
- Tourism as a tool for sustainable development
- Investing in partnerships for sustainability
- How fair trade helps the environment