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Asunto:[LEA-Venezuela] TrastorDigest 21-06-2001 NOTICIAS AMBIENTALISTAS INTERNACIONALES
Fecha:Jueves, 21 de Junio, 2001  14:33:13 (-0400)
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NOTICIAS AMBIENTALISTAS INTERNACIONALES
21 de Junio de 2001

1) Consejos acerca de remodelaciones del hogar mas saludables; el Proyecto
para la Casa Saludable de la Asociacion de EE.UU. para la Salud de los
Pulmones y 3M ofrecen nuevo panfleto.
De acuerdo con la Agencia de Proteccion Ambiental de EE.UU., la
contaminacion del aire dentro de las casas es una de los cinco mas urgentes
riesgos ambientales a la salud publica. El aire sucio de los interiores de
las casas puede poseer hasta un riesgo mayor para aquellos viviendo en medio
de una gran remodelacion del hogar. Eso es porque las tareas de renovacion y
remodelacion comunes  -como lijar,  aserrar, pintar y poner tabiquerias- a
menudo liberan polvo y otras particulas minusculas en el aire.


2) El ponerse severos con el caviar podria postergarse, gastronomos
frugaces.
El cuerpo mundial que regula el comercio de especies en peligro
aparentemente el Jueves se encaminarian hacia postegar el ponerse severos en
el comercio del caviar


3)  Los Estados del mar Caspio esperan reglametancion del caviar.
A todo lo largo del mar Caspio, los depositos estan sumamente apilados con
latas de caviar negro, bloqueados para exportacion por una agencia de las
Naciones Unidas que dice que pasos urgentes son necsarios para salvar de la
extincion el pez que produce esta delicatez


4) Argentina: Inversion de US$ 300 millones en Neuquen.
Cuatro compañias internacionales prometieron inversiones de cerca de US$ 300
millones en la provincia de Neuquen atraves de muchos proyectos en las areas
de hidrocarburos, ambiente, hoteleria y turismo. En el sector de nergia, la
provincia firmo un acuerdo con la compañia Total Austral (rama de
TotalFinalElf) a traves del cual la compañia participara en la licitacion pa
ra ofertas en programas para areas petroleras. De los US$ 700 millones que
la compañia planea invertir en Argentina, mas de US$ 200 millones seran
invertidos en la provincia de Neuquen. Total Austral tambien esta interesada
en invertir en la generacion de electricidad. La compañia hotelera Accor
invetira cerca de US$ 15 millones en la instalacion de cuatro hoteles cinco
estrellas en esta provincia. Schlumberger instalara una compañia de
servicios petroleros en el parque industrial de Neuquen con una inversion de
mas de US$ 20 millones. EL gobierno tambien alcanzo un acuerdo con la
compañia Vivendi Environment para estudios ambientales y diagnosticos en las
areas de exploracion y explotacion petrolera. Vivendi ya opera en el pais
atraves de la compañia Proactiva Medioambiente [hola Moya, dice
"Medioambiente" n.d.Trastor]. Repsol YPF gano la licitacion publica para la
exploracion de hidrocarburos, desarrollo y explotacion en el area de La
Banda en Neuquen con una oferta de 70 millones de Pesos. La segunda mejor
oferta fue de Chevron-San Jorge's con 47 millones de Pesos.


5) Las Naciones Unidas pagaran por estudios ambientales de la Guerra del
Golfo.
El cuerpo de las Naciones Unidas de Reparacion de la Guerra del Golfo esta
por pagar US$ 243.3 millones el Jueves a cinco paises del Medio Oriente para
fondos de estudios acerca del daño ambiental causado por Iraq, dijeron
fuentes diplomaticas.


6) El Ministerio de los Recursos Naturales de Ontario bloquea el derecho
publico a saber, dice el Comisionado de Ambiente de Ontario.
El Ministerio de los Recursos Naturales (MNR) de Ontario esta impidiendo el
derecho publico a saber acerca de los permisos y licencias que concede a las
compañias, dice Gord Miller, el Comisionado de Ambiente de Ontario (ECO).
"Yo veo la necesidad de emitir este reporte especial hoy para responder
publicamente a la larga cadena de promesas rotas que el MNR ha hecho en mi
oficina desde 1995, cada vez prometiendo que el ministerio tomaria cuidado
de este tema", dijo Miller, en una conferencia de prensa sostenida hoy en
Queen's Park.


7) BANCO MUNDIAL: Poner responsabilidades "verdes" y sociales en la agenda
corporativa -el jefe del Banco Mundial dice que la responsabilidad
corporativa es clave para el desarrollo sostenible -y para los buenos
negocios.
El presidente del Banco Mundial James D. Wolfensohn ha apelado a los lideres
de negocios para expandir aun mas sus nociones de responsabilidad
corporativa mas alla de las ganancias para abarcar obligaciones para con la
sociedad en su totalidad, especialmente en los paises en desarrollo.


8) Gobierno Australiano revisa Decreto de Manejo de la Basura mejorado.
Bajo nuevos planes que actualmente estan siendo revisados por el parlamento
de Nueva Gales del Sur, se formaran patrullas de vertederos ilegales, los
embargos a rellenos sanitarios se elevaran y el negocio de la basura del
Estado sera corporatizado en licitacion para mejorar la eficiencia ambiental
y minimizar los rellenos sanitarios.


9) Norton (EE.UU.) cancela Estudio de Impacto de Perforacion Petrolera.
El Departamento del Interior de los EE.UU cancelo el Miercoles un estudio
planeado de los posibles efectos beneficos e inconveniencias de permitir
perforaciones petroleras a lo largo de la costa atlantica de EE.UU.


10) World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reconoce la contribucion de las mujeres a la
conservacion.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reconocera los esfuerzos de dos mujeres
sobresalientes por su papel en la conservacion en una ceremonia de premios
el 26 de Junio. Maidi Kasmidi de Sulawesi del Norte, Indonesia, y Mauricia
Gonzalez de Chiapas, Mejico, fueron seleccionadas para recibir estos premios
por su trabajo en la conservacion en sus paises nativos.


11) Un estudio revela factores criticos que afectan los niveles de monoxido
de carbono y ozono en las ciudadaes de EE.UU.
Los factores mas criticos que afectan las concentraciones de ozono en las
ciudades de EE.UU. estan mas alla del control de los reguladores locales: Es
la cantidad de ozono que viene con el viento a una ciudad desde afuera de
sus limites, confirma un nuevo estudio nacional.
El estudio tambien encontro que el numero y emplazamiento de intersecciones
de caminos dentro de una ciudad es el mayor factor que determina los niveles
de monoxido de carbono.


12) Los Conservativos solicitan pesquisas de impuestos sobre los 'verdes'
En un movimiento que podria sentra un precedente para como los grupos sin
fines de lucro tratan con sus oponentes, un grupo conservativo afiliado a
las industrias del tabaco y del petroleo han pedido al servicio de impuestos
de EE.UU. (I.R.S.) remover el estado de excepcion de impuestos para la Red
de Accion para las Selvas Tropicales (Rainforest Action Network) -un grupo
ambientalista mejor conocido por pelear con las grandes corporaciones. El
grupo conservativo, Fronteras de Libertad (Frontiers of Freedom), se refiere
a si mismo como la 'antitesis' del movimiento ambiental y dijeron que si
tienen exito, contactaran al I.R.S. acerca del estado de impuestos de otros
grupos en el futuro. Fronteras de Libertad sostiene que la Red de Accion
para las Selvas Tropicales esta violando la ley al usar donaciones
deducibles de impuestos para fondos de varias operaciones -incluyendo
prevenir que un barco deje el puerto y bloquear la entrada de las oficinas
del banco Mitsubishi en San Francisco.
Para mayor informacion leer el Wall Street Journal o ir a http://www.wsj.com


13) Calidad del aire en las mas grandes ciudades chinas
Reporte de la calidad del aire en las 47 mas grandes ciudades chinas (12:00
PM, June 20 to 12:00 PM, June 21) como fue publicado el Jueves por un centro
de monitoreo ambiental chino.


14) AMA urge dejar de usar antibioticos
La Asociacion Medica de EE.UU. (AMA) quiere que el gobierno mande dejar de
usar antibioticos en el ganado, ampliando la campaña de la organizacion para
poner freno a la resistencia humana a estas drogas salvavidas.
On the Net: AMA: http://ama-assn.org
Animal Health Institute: http://www.ahi.org


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1) Consejos acerca de remodelaciones del hogar mas saludables; el Proyecto
para la Casa Saludable de la Asociacion de EE.UU. para la Salud de los
Pulmones y 3M ofrecen nuevo panfleto.
(Tips on Healthier Home Remodeling; The American Lung Association Health
House Project and 3M Offer New Booklet)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 5:08 AM EST

NEW YORK, Jun 21, 2001 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- According to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is one of the top five
urgent environmental risks to public health. Dirty indoor air may pose an
even greater risk for those living in the midst of a major home renovation.
That's because common renovation and remodeling tasks -- such as sanding,
sawing, painting and putting up drywall -- often release dust and other tiny
particles in the air.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010621/NYFNSH03 )
As part of an ongoing educational partnership to raise awareness about
indoor air quality issues, the American Lung Association Health House
Project and 3M have just released "A Guide for Healthier Home Remodeling."
To obtain a copy of this new booklet free-of-charge, send an e-mail request
with your name and mailing address to 3mfiltrete@3mservice.montagenet.com
(or call 800-388-3458).

    Here are several tips from the booklet:

     *  Consider isolating work areas from the living space with plastic
        sheeting or zipper doors.

     *  Shut off air ducts in the work area so dust and contaminants are not
        drawn into the living area.

     *  Keep humidity levels in your home between 30 and 60 percent. (If
        you're unsure of the relative humidity in your home, consider
        purchasing an inexpensive indoor humidity gauge.)

     *  Use a high efficiency furnace filter -- such as the Filtrete Ultra
        Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M.  High efficiency filters contain
        electrostatically charged fibers that capture up to 30 times more
        airborne allergens than the typical fiberglass filter.

     *  Do not occupy a recently painted room until it's been thoroughly
        ventilated for several days.

     *  If you have pets, limit their access to the remodeling area so they
        don't track contaminants throughout the home.

     *  Hire a professional to remove asbestos and lead-based paint.
        Attempting to remove these materials yourself can be dangerous.
Filtrete is a trademark of 3M.

Neither the American Lung Association nor its Health House Project endorse
products.
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2) El ponerse severos con el caviar podria postergarse, gastronomos
frugaces.
(Caviar Clampdown May Be Deferred, Sparing Gourmets)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 6:03 AM EST

PARIS (Reuters) - The world body regulating trade in endangered species
appeared on Thursday to be leaning toward deferring a clampdown on trade in
caviar.

Over 100 representatives with the Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species (CITES) were debating whether to restrict the
multi-million-dollar international caviar trade of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan,
Russia and Turkmenistan.

Officials said they expected to announce the outcome of the talks later in
the day at around 11:15 a.m. EDT.

CITES and other environmental agencies warn that illegal fishing and sales,
often involving organized crime, and the destruction of spawning sites have
decimated the Caspian Sea's stock of sturgeon, whose unfertilized eggs are
caviar.

CITES had originally recommended limiting the amount of caviar each of the
four countries can legally export to 20 percent of current foreign sales.

In a last-ditch bid to avoid a clampdown, the four littoral states last week
agreed a new plan aimed at improving management of sturgeon resources and
fighting the illegal trade.

Officials familiar with the talks said they welcomed the Caspian states' new
pledge, saying it helped allay concerns about the declining numbers of
sturgeon. The Caspian yields over 90 percent of the world's caviar.

``I can make no comment other than to say we appreciate the cooperation the
(Caspian Sea) range states and the commitments they're making now in
relation to our recommendations,'' CITES Deputy Secretary General James
Armstrong said.

``We believe we will be making a recommendation in relation to the Caspian
to best ensure conservation of those resources.''


BLACK GOLD

While some officials said they were impressed with the new agreement, at
least three U.S.-based conservation organizations said it will not do enough
to save the sturgeon.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, Wildlife Conservation Society and
SeaWeb advised that CITES should immediately cut the countries' export quota
by 80 percent.

At least one of six sturgeon species native to the Caspian, the dark-colored
Beluga, is on the verge of extinction. Officials think it probably no longer
breeds outside fish farms.

The amount of sturgeon legally caught in the Caspian plunged from more than
30,000 tons in the late 1970s to less than one tenth that figure in the late
1990s, CITES said.

Officials trace the problem to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Until then, Moscow and Tehran essentially controlled the world caviar
market, investing heavily in controlling and maintaining fish stocks.

The demise of the Soviet Union upset the market balance, and many
entrepreneurs dealing in ``black gold'' sprang up to replace state-owned
companies.

CITES estimates that illegal sales of caviar in the Caspian countries --
excluding Iran, where the business is still closely regulated -- are running
at around 10 times the legal traffic.

The business is probably worth about $1 billion a year in revenues, but only
some $100 million is generated from official sales and exports.

Most caviar is consumed in the producing countries, where 17.6 ounces of the
tiny black fish eggs goes for a mere $25, against some $2,000 in the main
export markets such as the United States, Germany and France.

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3)  Los Estados del mar Caspio esperan reglametancion del caviar
(Caspian States Await Caviar Ruling)

Story Filed: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 8:33 PM EDT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- Along the Caspian Sea, warehouses are piled high
with cans of black caviar, blocked from export by a U.N. agency that says
urgent steps are needed to save the fish that produces the delicacy from
extinction.

Officials from the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species, or CITES, are meeting in Paris this week to consider what action to
take, including a possible ban on exports of beluga caviar from Russia,
Azerbaijan, Kazakstan and Turkmenistan. The agency has temporarily frozen
international sales pending this week's decision.

Iran, another Caspian nation and caviar exporter, would not be affected
because its system for sturgeon management is considered relatively
effective.

Fishery officials in the region have reacted angrily to the threat of a ban
and to CITES' attempts to cut sturgeon fishing quotas in the Caspian by 80
percent to allow fish stocks to replenish. They claim the former Soviet
republics are being singled out for punishment.

``We've been asking for help from the world community already for several
years, but all of a sudden the CITES secretariat has begun to divide
countries into 'good guys' and 'bad guys,''' said Tariel Mamedli, deputy
chief of Azerbaijan's state fishing company.

``We don't want to exacerbate the conflict, but let's not forget that there
are not four, but five Caspian nations and they should all have the same
possibilities.''

All five Caspian countries are signatories to the CITES treaties, along with
more than 140 other nations. Under the treaties, CITES can bar other
countries from buying products made from endangered species.

Azerbaijan has 5.5 tons of legally caught caviar in warehouses, and Mamedli
said an American firm placed an order for it two months ago. If the CITES
ban goes through, Azerbaijan could lose millions of dollars. The region's
biggest caviar producer, Russia, could lose much more.

``Our position is that so far, it is premature to introduce such serious
measures,'' said Vitaly Korchinsky of Russia's State Fisheries Committee.

He refused to disclose how much black caviar was blocked from leaving
Russia, but admitted none of this year's harvest has been exported.

Russia's legal quota this year was to have been about 31 tons, Kazakstan's
about 29 tons, Azerbaijan's about seven tons and Turkmenistan's about four
tons. According to unofficial estimates, more than 100 tons of legally
caught caviar are stuck in storage around the Caspian.

Environmentalists say the Caspian's beluga sturgeon stocks have plummeted by
about 90 percent in two decades. The decline is due mostly to pollution and
the end of Soviet-era controls over caviar fishing and exports, which has
left the way open for widespread poaching.

``We are losing sturgeon as a species,'' said Alexander Kosarikov, a Russian
lawmaker who favors a moratorium on sturgeon fishing.

Mamedli said that in Soviet times, border guards could dispatch helicopters
to chase poachers, but today Azerbaijani anti-poaching officers ``don't even
have bicycles.''

Poachers are believed to be harvesting up to 12 times more Caspian sturgeon
than authorized fishermen. In Russia, the official caviar trade brings in
$40 million a year, compared with $500 million for the poachers, according
to Interior Ministry estimates.

Kazakstan has mobilized some unusual methods to protect the sturgeon. The
Kazak state company has hired 130 former poachers this year to help identify
the best fishing sites, and factory officials say they have developed a way
to harvest roe without killing the fish.

``Almost the entire route of spawning sturgeon along the Ural River has been
safeguarded,'' said Sergei Dolgikh, president of the Kazak state fishing
company. ``Sturgeon have traveled 375 miles upriver, farther than they've
been seen in decades.''

Azerbaijan is using a $9.2 million environmental loan from the World Bank to
build a sturgeon hatchery that would release 15 million fingerlings a year,
Mamedli said. He said an export ban could set back such efforts.

``The Caspian states are no more responsible for the situation than the
European states that buy and resell illegally-caught caviar,'' he said.

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4) Argentina: Inversion de US$ 300 millones en Neuquen
(Argentina: Investment of US$300mil in Neuquen)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 8:22 AM EST

Argentina, Jun 14, 2001 (El Cronista/SABI via COMTEX) -- Four international
companies promised investments of around US$300mil in Neuquen province
through several projects in the hydrocarbon, environment, hotel and tourism
areas. In the energy sector, the province signed an agreement with the
company Total Austral (branch of TotalFinaElf) through which the company
will participate in the bid for offers in programs for oil areas. Of the
US$700mil that the company plans to invest in Argentina, over US$200mil will
be invested in Neuquen province. Total Austral is also interested in
investing in electricity generation. The hotel company Accor will invest
around US$15mil to set up a four or five star hotel in this province.
Schlumberger will set up an oil services company in Parque Industrial de
Neuquen with an investment of over US$20mil. The Government also reached an
agreement with the company Vivendi Environment for environment studies and
diagnostics in oil exploration and exploitation areas. Vivendi already
operates in the country through the company Proactiva Medio Ambiente. Repsol
YPF won the public bid for the hydrocarbon exploration, development
exploitation in La Banda area in Neuquen with an over Pesos $70mil offer.
The second best offer was Chevron-San Jorge's with Pesos $47mil.

Copyright (c) 2001, South American Business Information, All rights
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Hotels & Motels
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5) Las Naciones Unidas pagaran por estudios ambientales de la Guerra del
Golfo
(UN to Pay for Gulf War Environment Studies)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 8:14 AM EST

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Gulf War reparations body is set to
pay $243.3 million on Thursday to five Middle Eastern countries to fund
studies on environmental damage caused by Iraq, diplomatic sources said.

The funds would also help Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Jordan and Syria to
monitor public health and screen people who might have been harmed by
pollution blamed on Iraq, they added.

It is the first compensation related to $46 billion in claims filed against
Iraq for environmental damage caused by its August 1990 invasion and
seven-month occupation of Kuwait. Iraqi troops fleeing a U.S.-led military
coalition set fire to oil wells which spewed pollution and took months to
extinguish.

The U.N. Compensation Commission (UNCC), which is handling a total of $300
billion in claims against Iraq, has already awarded nearly $17 billion to
Kuwait for damaged oil wells.

The latest payments, to be formally approved later on Thursday, were agreed
by the UNCC Governing Council at a three-day meeting.

The body, made up of the same 15 member states as the U.N. Security Council,
also agreed to pay $5 million to Iraq to help prepare its defense against
the environmental claims by hiring technical experts, sources said.

The award is less than a quarter of that sought by six countries, including
Turkey, whose claim was rejected.

``The Governing Council will approve $243.3 million for monitoring and
assessment studies,'' a diplomatic source told Reuters on the sidelines of
the closed-door talks in Geneva.

He added that the studies were to determine what would be reasonable claims
to put forward for damage.

The amounts to be approved are: Saudi Arabia $109.6 million; Kuwait $108.9
million; Iran $17 million; Jordan $7.1 million and Syria $700,000.


KUWAIT SOUGHT

Kuwait, which had sought $460.4 million to carry out the environmental
impact studies, called for speedy payment.

Khaled Ahmad Al-Mudaf, chairman of Kuwait's Public Authority for Assessment
of Compensation, said the funds would help ``the remediation and
rehabilitation of the fragile environments severely damaged by Iraq's
pre-planned actions.''

The Geneva-based fund currently receives 25 percent of the revenue generated
by the U.N. oil-for food deal with Iraq. Iraq terminated its oil exports
under the program on June 4 in protest at the Security Council extending the
pact for only one month instead of the usual six so as to ponder new
sanctions.

Iraq's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, Samir Al-Nima, urged the Governing
Council to reject funding the studies and said his country required $20
million to prepare its defense.

The Gulf region had a very fragile ecosystem, where soil and air are
continuously exposed to dust and oil industry emissions, according to
Baghdad's envoy. ``Thus it cannot be taken for granted that any case of
pollution in the region is caused by Iraq's action,'' he said in a speech to
the closed-door talks.

Kuwait last September won approval of a $15.9 billion claim against Iraq for
destruction of its oil fields and loss of revenues. In December 1996 it was
awarded $610 million for the cost of extinguishing the oil wellhead fires
themselves.

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6) El Ministerio de los Recursos Naturales de Ontario bloquea el derecho
publico a saber, dice el Comisionado de Ambiente de Ontario.
(Ministry Blocking Public's Right to Know, says Environmental Commissioner
of Ontario)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 9:02 AM EST

TORONTO, Jun 21, 2001 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Ontario's Ministry of
Natural Resources (MNR) is thwarting the public's right to know about the
permits and licences it grants to companies, says Gord Miller, the
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO). "I see the need to issue this
special report today to respond publicly to the long string of broken
promises that MNR has made to my office since 1995, each time promising the
ministry would be taking care of this issue," said Miller, in a press
conference held today at Queen's Park.

Miller's mandate as Environmental Commissioner is to review how provincial
ministries carry out the requirements of the Environmental Bill of Rights
(EBR) and to report annually to the Ontario Legislature on his findings. But
the EBR also gives him the right to put out a special report when he
believes an issue is too urgent to wait until the release of his annual
report.

"I am reporting today that the Ministry of Natural Resources is blocking the
final steps in a legal process set out in the EBR that allows the people of
Ontario to know and to comment on some of the important decisions this
ministry makes about the environment," Miller explained. MNR has promised
the ECO at least 10 times that over the past six years that it would
classify its "instruments" - the legal documents such as licences, orders,
permits and certificates issued to companies and individuals giving them
permission to undertake activities that might affect the environment. Only
when a ministry's instruments are classified do the public's rights under
the EBR to be given notice and to comment on them come into effect. Under
the legislation, MNR was supposed to complete this process soon after April
1, 1996.

"MNR issues over a hundred different types of instruments, permitting the
operation of sand or gravel pits, for example, or dredging around lakes or
rivers, and development of public land," Miller said. "Ontarians have a
strong interest and personal stake when permission is given to do something
to a specific piece of land. They may live near a proposed quarry expansion,
for instance, or their business may be affected by approvals issued by
Conservation Authorities."

When the EBR was enacted, it was intended that people would have the right
to know and comment on such proposals. "Unfortunately, the public is still
waiting for these rights," said Miller. "The Ministry of Natural Resources
should finalize and publish the classification of its instruments in the
Ontario Gazette before September 1, 2001. The long delay has been both
unreasonable and unacceptable."

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7) BANCO MUNDIAL: Poner responsabilidades "verdes" y sociales en la agenda
corporativa -el jefe del Banco Mundial dice que la responsabilidad
corporativa es clave para el desarrollo sostenible -y para los buenos
negocios.
(WORLD BANK: Putting Social and 'Green' responsibility on the corporate
agenda -- World Bank chief says corporate responsibility is key to
sustainable development--and good business)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 7:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON, Jun 21, 2001 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- World Bank President
James D. Wolfensohn has appealed to business leaders to further expand their
notions of corporate responsibility beyond earnings to encompass obligations
to society at large, especially in developing countries.

"Corporate sustainability today includes recognition of the leadership role
that the private sector must take in ensuring social progress, improved
equity, higher living standards, and stewardship for the environment,"
Wolfensohn said yesterday in a World Bank-sponsored workshop.

"Corporate responsibility is not philanthropy--it is good business," he
said.

Socially responsible investors are increasingly selecting investments that
meet minimum standards for environmental and social criteria and are growing
in shares and in volume. In the United States alone, assets in socially
responsible investment funds (SRI funds) have grown to about $3 trillion.

In Europe, enabling legislation, such as the UK requirement that pension
funds disclose the social and environmental performance of their bond
portfolios, provides a fruitful ground for SRI funds.

"But this type of investment is being done almost exclusively in the
developed world and not in developing countries. It is important for
international organizations such as the World Bank to assist their client
countries in developing this capacity for them to be more competitive in the
investment world," said Wolfensohn.

"I believe that we must transform the Bank into a global leader on social
and environmental responsibility--for other development organizations and
the private sector to follow," he added, committing the World Bank to the
following points to become an even more socially and environmentally
responsible organization: - increase its ongoing push for green procurement
and support certified products; - reduce the ecological footprint of its
physical facilities; - set benchmarks for its social and environmental
performance and report on progress, with independent verification; - ensure
that its own pension fund invests in a socially and environmentally
responsible manner; and, - demonstrate our concern for the local environment
and community we live in.

"We are committed to transparency and accountability--to measure our
progress on environmental and social issues; to hold ourselves to clear
standards; and to communicate progress against these benchmarks to all
concerned stakeholders," said Wolfensohn Corporate responsibility and a
commitment to sustainability are not new to the Bank-they have been at the
core of the Bank's mission for many years. Many international organizations
and client countries consider the Bank's policies for safeguarding
environmental and social concerns to reflect the highest standards in
practice.

The "Corporate Responsibility: Perspectives from the Financial Sector
Workshop", jointly sponsored by the Leadership Development Group, the World
Bank's Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Vice Presidency,
and the World Bank Institute, was attended by World Bank Group senior
management and private sector executives. Wolfensohn emphasized that "In
today's and tomorrow's interconnected and interdependent world, we can only
succeed if development is done in a socially and environmentally responsible
manner." Peter Woicke, Executive Vice President of the International Finance
Corporation (IFC), the arm of the World Bank Group that promotes private
sector investment, said, "In a globalized economy, the corporate
responsibility of the private sector is wide and deep. This is particularly
true when operating in environments where international capacity and
governance is weak, but also when dealing with difficult issues when
political consensus seems unattainable. IFC, standing at the intersection of
the public and private sectors, has an unprecedented opportunity to help
harness the energy of the private sector in developing countries to deliver
sustainable development by transferring knowledge and best practice
alongside our financing." Woicke laid out IFC plans to increase the
environmental, social and corporate governance performance of its projects
beyond IFC's social and environmental safeguard requirements through
opportunity-driven incremental improvements. To assist in this, they are
collating good practice from inside and outside the IFC, and will be
considering in the months ahead how sustainability principles and key trends
should influence their sectoral strategies, project selection and value
propositions. Woicke elaborated on additional steps being taken to
internalize sustainability, including: - improving the skills of all staff
in this area through a new training program; - incorporating success in
achieving sustainable outcomes at the project level into the investment
officer performance appraisal process; and - creating sector-specific
"tool-kits" or a menu of options to help investment staff identify
opportunities and work with clients to enhance the sustainable impact of
projects.

Private sector presentations were made by Ray Anderson, Chairman and CEO of
Interface, Inc.; Reto Ringger, Founder and CEO of SAM Sustainability Group;
Robert Lake, Director of Strategy for Socially Responsible Investment; Otti
Bisang, Environmental Advisor of Credit Suisse Group; David Williams, CEO of
ShoreBank Pacific; and Carlos Joly, Senior Vice President International of
Storebrand Investment.

Socially responsible investors are outperforming their peers.

Ian Johnson, World Bank Vice President of Environmentally and Socially
Sustainable Development, said, "With the Bank's commitment to poverty
reduction and responsible globalization, we want the developing world to
also benefit from this 'good' money. The World Bank Group has a role,
working with these companies, with our government clients, and our NGO
partners, in promoting a more enlightened private sector. We need to move
fast to meet the expectations of the World Summit on Sustainable Development
in Johannesburg in September 2002."

CONTACT: Caroline Anstey Tel: +1 202 473 1800 e-mail: Canstey@...
Kristyn Ebro Tel: +1 202 458 2736 e-mail: Kebro@...

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8) Gobierno Australiano revisa Decreto de Manejo de la Basura mejorado.
(AUSTRALIAN STATE GOVT REVIEWS IMPROVED WASTE HANDLING ACT)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 4:49 AM EST

SYDNEY, Jun 21, 2001 (AsiaPulse via COMTEX) -- Under new plans currently
being reviewed by the New South Wales state parliament, illegal dumping
squads will be formed, landfill levies will rise and the state's waste
business will be corporatised in a bid to improve environmental efficiency
and minimise landfills.

A new waste authority to be called Resource NSW will coordinate waste
avoidance and resource recovery programs across the state.

The current waste levy will rise next year by $1 a tonne in Sydney and $1.50
in the Hunter, Illawarra and Central Coast to discourage landfilling,
Environment Minister Bob Debus said Wednesday.

And in conjunction with councils, illegal dumping squads will be formed.

Under the package introduced into parliament tonight, an additional $A4
million ($US2.07 million) a year would be freed up for waste programs with
at least $2 million a year to help rural and regional councils implement
waste reform, Mr Debus said.

"The changes will result in greater incentives for industry to divert waste
from landfill and a continuous decline in waste generated across all sectors
and increased recovery pf resources from waste," he said.

Resource NSW will be based in western Sydney with offices in the Hunter,
Illawarra and rural NSW.

The existing Waste Service NSW, to become part of Resource NSW, will be
transformed into a state owned corporation enabling it to better compete
with private waste operators.

"Feedback from councils, industry, green groups and government agencies
suggests the current system is duplicating some programs and leaving gaps in
others," Mr Debus said.

A new act, the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act, will replace the
current Waste Minimisation and Management Act.

Mr Debus said industry will be encouraged to take greater responsibility for
the waste they produce while regulation for those industries that properly
deal with waste will be reduced.

(C) 2001 Asia Pulse Pte Ltd
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Environment/water pollution Regulations / Law
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9) Norton (EE.UU.) cancela Estudio de Impacto de Perforacion Petrolera.
(Norton Cancels Drilling Impact Study)

Story Filed: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 7:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Interior Department canceled on Wednesday a planned
study of the possible benefits and drawbacks of allowing oil drilling along
the Atlantic coast.

A spokeswoman said Interior Secretary Gail Norton had been unaware of the
study, which was approved by a departmental advisory committee in the final
months of Bill Clinton's presidency.

``This is something she'd want to have time to review before we go
forward,'' said Dian Lawhon, a spokeswoman for the department's Minerals
Management Service.

The planned 18-month, $350,000 study would have examined, among other
questions, what impact offshore drilling would have on the environment,
tourism and the fishing industry.

The study area would have stretched from Cape Hatteras, N.C., to the
Canadian border. Areas off New Jersey and North Carolina were singled out as
potentially fruitful for oil and natural gas exploration.

The department invited companies interested in doing the study to submit
proposals by June 15. Lawhon said she did not know how many proposals were
received. If Norton should decide to go ahead with a study, the department
probably would solicit a new round of proposals.

Bush's energy advisory committee has recommended the White House re-examine
laws and regulations that limit ``energy-related activities and the siting
of energy facilities in the coastal zone and on the Outer Continental
Shelf.''

By agreement of Congress and the White House, more than 600 million acres
off the Atlantic, Pacific and eastern Gulf coasts have been considered
off-limits to oil and gas exploration for 20 years.

Former President George Bush imposed a moratorium on drilling in the region,
and Clinton later signed an executive order extending the moratorium until
2012.

Lawhon said the current Bush administration has pledged not to decide on
drilling without concurrence from states that would be affected.

Norton ``has gone on record as saying that she wants to consider the state's
concern with every action she takes,'' Lawhon said.

Hours before the Interior Department shelved the idea, Christie Whitman,
administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, expressed support for
a study.

``Initially you've got to do the study and see what's there,'' Whitman said.
She said the administration would have to persuade affected states to agree
to any drilling.

On the Net: Department of Interior: http://www.doi.gov
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10) World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reconoce la contribucion de las mujeres a la
conservacion.
(World Wildlife Fund Acknowledges Women's Contribution to Conservation)

Story Filed: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 5:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON, Jun 20, 2001 (U.S. Newswire via COMTEX) -- World Wildlife Fund
will recognize the efforts of two outstanding women for their role in
conservation at an awards ceremony on June 26. Meidi Kasmidi from North
Sulawesi, Indonesia and Mauricia Gonzalez Garcia from Chiapas, Mexico were
selected to receive these awards for their work in conservation in their
native countries.

"These women have made incredible contributions to conservation in their
native countries. They are role models and effective stewards of the
environment," said Kathryn S. Fuller, president of World Wildlife Fund. "It
is with great pleasure that we recognize their achievements."

This is the first year that WWF has presented the Women and Conservation
Awards. These awards acknowledge exceptional achievement in two categories -
a woman's contribution to conservation and an individual or organization's
contribution to enhancing women's participation in conservation. Each of
this year's winners will receive a cash award of $5,000 to be used for
conservation activities.

Meidi Kasmidi will receive the Women and Conservation Recognition Award for
contribution by a woman to the field of conservation. Kasmidi's work in
North Sulawesi, Indonesia has made an outstanding and nationally significant
contribution to the field of marine conservation. In the early 1990s,
Kasmidi worked to establish the Bunaken Marine Park, now a World Heritage
site, and helped to develop innovative and sustainable community-based
village enterprises within the park. She worked closely with a range of
women's groups and gained widespread respect for her capacity to bring the
concepts of marine conservation to fishers and other resource-dependent
communities living outside the park. Kasmidi also founded Kelola, a leading
environmental non-governmental organization in North Sulawesi responsible
for a broad range of advocacy and community empowerment programs. Through
her work with the Indonesian coastal resources management program, Proyek
Pesisir, Kasmidi has recently begun to assist other communities in
initiating community-based marine sanctuary programs similar to the initial
effort in Bunaken, and is working with government and non-governmental
organizations to upgrade school curriculums dealing with marine resource
conservation.

Proyek Pesisir is part of the Coastal Resources Management Project, a
partnership between the U.S.Agency for International Development's Water
Team and the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center, which
works to advance coastal management worldwide. "Meidi's being honored by
World Wildlife Fund is well-deserved, and will be an inspiration to not just
her female colleagues, but to everyone involved in our international coastal
programs," said Lynne Hale, field program director for the Coastal Resources
Center. "We know this award will help draw attention to the increasing
contribution of women in conservation everywhere."

Mauricia Gonzalez Garcia will receive the Women and Conservation Recognition
Award for contribution to enhancing women's participation in conservation.
Gonzalez, as a founder of the non-governmental organization Linea Biosfera
in Chiapas, Mexico, has focused on training a network of community promoters
in 10 different communities in the areas of agroecology, human rights and
health. Gonzalez has been instrumental in influencing communities in
Northeastern Chiapas to participate in a network of organizations from
Mexico, Honduras, and Nicaragua that share lessons and methods for
sustainable energy alternatives and incorporating gender issues. Recently,
the governor-elect of Chiapas has asked Gonzalez to lead the development of
a biodiversity conservation strategy as part of a statewide development
plan.

WWF established the Women and Conservation Initiative to recognize and
expand the critical roles women play in using and managing natural
resources - growing food crops and cultivating home gardens, collecting
water and fuelwood for household needs, and using forest products to make
foods, medicines and goods for sale as well as participate in forest and
protected area management. The program emphasizes women's involvement in
conservation through improving their economic outlook, enhancing their
knowledge and skills, and advancing their participation in making decisions
about their environments, especially in and around the Global 200, habitats
that WWF has designated as conservation priorities.

In addition to the recognition awards, the Women and Conservation Initiative
offers gender training, technical assistance, and development of tools to
assist field staff in increasing women's participation in conservation
strategies. A small grants fund that supports women and conservation
programs in WWF ecoregions and a Girls' Scholarships Program to support
secondary education for girls have also been established through the
program.

"Through the Women and Conservation Initiative, World Wildlife Fund is
raising the profile of the conservation work being performed by
extraordinary women around the world. This program is designed to support
individuals and organizations that empower women in conservation," Fuller
said.

CONTACT:          Nancy Engelhardt of the World Wildlife Fund,
                  202-778-9556; Fax: 202-293-9211;
                  E-mail: nancy.engelhardt@...
Copyright (C) 2001, U.S. Newswire

SUBJECT CODE:     ENVIRONMENT  WOMEN  INTERNATIONAL
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11) Un estudio revela factores criticos que afectan los niveles de monoxido
de carbono y ozono en las ciudadaes de EE.UU.
(Study Reveals Critical Factors Affecting Levels of Carbon Monoxide, Ozone
in American Cities)

Story Filed: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 10:41 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jun 20, 2001 (ASCRIBE NEWS via COMTEX) -- The most critical
factor affecting ozone concentrations in U.S. cities is beyond the control
of local regulators: It is the amount of ozone that drifts into a city from
outside its boundaries, a new nationwide study confirms.

The study also found that the number and placement of road intersections
within a city is the largest factor that determines carbon monoxide levels.

Researchers at Ohio State University used a comprehensive statistical
analysis to determine what factors most influenced levels of ozone and
carbon monoxide both major pollutants -- in more than 100 U.S. cities. This
analysis is the first of its kind to use real-life data to look at how a
variety of factors from car emissions to weather to population affected air
quality in the nation's cities.

The findings also indicated the positive impact that public transportation,
forests and farmland in cities can have in lowering levels of ozone and
carbon monoxide.

"Researchers already know most of the causes of air pollution in our cities,
but the advantage of our statistical analysis is that we can measure the
relative importance of each of these causes," said Jean-Michel Guldmann,
co-author of the study and professor of city and regional planning at Ohio
State.

The study was based on the doctoral dissertation of Hag-Yeol Kim, a former
student of Guldmann's at Ohio State and now with the Seoul (Korea)
Development Institute. The study was published in a recent issue of the
journal Geographical Analysis.

The researchers used U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data for
concentrations of ozone and carbon monoxide in U.S. cities from April to
September 1990. Both are major pollutants in most U.S. cities and are among
the six principal air pollutants monitored by the federal government. The
researchers also examined data on weather conditions, land use,
transportation and a variety of socioeconomic factors in the cities in 1990.
The final sample included 303 cities in the ozone analysis and 117 cities
for the carbon monoxide analysis.

Guldmann said that researchers knew ozone was a national problem because it
decays slowly and can travel long distances. But this study confirmed that
so-called background ozone ozone that could not be attributed to local
sources was the most important factor in determining total ozone levels in
cities.

"Our results confirm that ozone is transported over long distances with
minimal decay," Guldmann said. "Local efforts are not going to control ozone
in a city. There has to be a comprehensive national policy, which is
consistent with what the EPA has been doing."

Another major factor influencing ozone levels was the amount of construction
going on in a city. For every 1 percent increase in construction, there was
a 0.69 percent increase in ozone levels. Guldmann said construction involves
a lot of truck traffic and use of paints and chemicals that can help boost
ozone levels.

But the study also revealed how policymakers can help reduce ozone levels by
encouraging public transportation and use of electric-heated homes, and by
protecting green space. For example, the study found a 1 percent increase in
the use of public transportation decreased ozone levels by 0.51 percent.
Similarly, a 1 percent increase in forested land in the city decreased ozone
levels by 0.019 percent.

In examining data on carbon monoxide in cities, the researchers found that
the placement of pollution-monitoring stations in relation to traffic
intersections was critical. A 1 percent increase in the average distance to
all intersections within a 5-kilometer distance of the monitoring station
led to a carbon monoxide decrease of 0.56 percent. Intersections are
important because carbon monoxide emissions are higher when a vehicle is
idling. Adjusting traffic flows in congested areas to reduce the amount of
time a car must idle can significantly reduce the amount of carbon monoxide
released in the air.

"The results confirm that intersections are truly important emission sources
of carbon monoxide," Guldmann said. "Constructing road interchanges instead
of intersections, and implementing traffic signal management at
intersections could help reduce levels of this pollutant."

Of course, simply reducing the use of cars in the city is also very
valuable. Guldmann said that in an urban area with the average number of
commuting workers (313,792 persons), if 20 percent of the workers were to
reduce their work-trip distance by one mile, carbon monoxide would decrease
by 0.8 parts per billion. This could be achieved by higher use of public
transportation and by car pooling.

Preserving green space could also help, the study found. A 1 percent
increase in the amount of agricultural land in the city led to a decrease of
0.07 percent in carbon monoxide levels.

"The statistical model we developed is not yet accurate enough to forecast
pollution concentrations," Guldmann said. "However, we get a good look at
the relative importance of different factors, so the results can help direct
pollution control policy."

The study was supported by the Urban Affairs and Urban Assistance Program of
the Ohio Board of Regents.

((AScribe - The Public Interest Newswire / http://www.ascribe.org))
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12) Los Conservativos solicitan pesquisas de impuestos sobre los 'verdes'
(Conservatives Seek IRS Inquiry On Greens' Status)

In a move that could set a precedent for how nonprofit groups deal with
their opponents, a conservative group affiliated with the tobacco and oil
industries has asked the Internal Revenue Service to remove the tax-exempt
status of the Rainforest Action Network--an environmental group best known
for fighting big corporations. The conservative group, Frontiers of Freedom,
refers to itself as the "antithesis" of the environmental movement and said
that if successful, it will contact the IRS about the tax status of other
groups in the future. Frontiers contends that Rainforest Action is violating
the law by using tax- deductible donations to fund various
operations-including preventing a ship from leaving port and blocking the
entrance to Mitsubishi Bank's offices in San Francisco.

For additional information refer to The Wall Street Journal or go to
http://www.wsj.com.

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13) Calidad del aire en las mas grandes ciudades chinas
(Air Quality of Major Chinese Cities)

Story Filed: Thursday, June 21, 2001 4:08 AM EST

BEIJING, Jun 21, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Report on the quality of air in
47 major Chinese cities (12:00 PM, June 20 to 12:00 PM, June 21) as released
Thursday by the China Environmental Monitoring Center:

City Major Pollutant Air Quality Level

Beijing particulate matter II

Tianjin particulate matter II

Shijiazhuang particulate matter III1

Qinhuangdao particulate matter II

Taiyuan particulate matter III1

Hohhot particulate matter II

Shenyang particulate matter III1

Dalian particulate matter II

Changchun particulate matter II

Harbin particulate matter II

Shanghai ------------------ I

Nanjing particulate matter II

Suzhou particulate matter II

Nantong ------------------ I

Lianyungang particulate matter II

Hangzhou particulate matter II

Ningbo ------------------ I

Wenzhou ------------------ I

Hefei particulate matter II

Fuzhou particulate matter II

Xiamen ------------------ I

Nanchang particulate matter II

Jinan particulate matter II

Qingdao particulate matter II

Yantai particulate matter II

Zhengzhou particulate matter II

Wuhan particulate matter II

Changsha sulphur dioxide II

Guangzhou ------------------ I

Shenzhen ------------------ I

Zhuhai ------------------ I

Shantou ------------------ I

Zhanjiang ------------------ I

Nanning ------------------ I

Guilin ------------------ I

Beihai ------------------ I

Haikou ------------------ I

Chongqing particulate matter II

Chengdu particulate matter II

Guiyang ------------------ I

Kunming ------------------ I

Lhasa ------------------ I

Xi'an particulate matter II

Lanzhou ------------------ I

Xining particulate matter II

Yinchuan particulate matter II

Urumqi particulate matter II

The center classifies air quality in China's urban areas into five levels:
level I or excellent (pollution reading: not exceeding 50), level II or
fairly good (pollution reading: 51 to 100), level III or slightly polluted
(pollution reading: 101 to 200), level IV or poor (pollution reading: 201 to
300), and level V or hazardous (pollution reading: over 301).

The 47 cities monitored by the center include the four municipalities of
Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing, provincial (or autonomous
regional) capitals, and major cities in economically developed coastal
areas, and tourist attractions.

Copyright 2001 XINHUA NEWS AGENCY
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14) AMA urge dejar de usar antibioticos
(AMA Urges Phasing Out Antibiotic)

Story Filed: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 8:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) -- The American Medical Association wants the government to
phase out the overuse of antibiotics in livestock, broadening the
organization's campaign to curb human resistance to the lifesaving drugs.

At its annual meeting, the AMA's policymaking House of Delegates approved a
resolution this week urging that ``non-therapeutic'' use of antibiotics in
animals be phased out or eliminated. The measure refers specifically to
antibiotics that are given to humans as well.

Environmental groups applauded the action, but it was criticized by the
Animal Health Institute, which represents companies that make veterinary
medicines.

``While we recognize the importance of antibiotics for human health, the AMA
resolution is far too broad and sweeping,'' said AHI spokesman Matt Baun. He
said the measure ``is an ineffective solution to addressing antibiotic
resistance.''

Farmers sometimes dose a whole herd even if just one animal is sick, an AMA
official explained. Baun said some farmers used antibiotics to promote
animal growth, a practice approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

On the Net: AMA: http://ama-assn.org
Animal Health Institute: http://www.ahi.org

Copyright © 2001 Associated Press Information Services, all rights reserved.

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