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Asunto:[LEA-Venezuela] TrastorDigest 25-06-2001 NOTICIAS AMBIENTALISTAS INTERNACIONALES
Fecha:Martes, 26 de Junio, 2001  01:38:40 (-0400)
Autor:Interfaz Amazonica <interfaz @.....net>

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NOTICIAS AMBIENTALISTAS INTERNACIONALES
25 de Junio de 2001



1) Reporte de Inteligencia de Fuente Abierta sobre Torturas en apoyo a la
vigilia de la hermana Dianna Ortiz mañana en la Casa Blanca
OSS Inc., abogando por una mejor apoyo de inteligencia de fuente abierta
para los hacedores de decisiones del gobierno y los votantes que los
eligieron, publicaron hoy una lista de paises que practican torturas
sistematicas. Esta lista se publica en apoyo a la vigilia de la hermana
Diana Ortiz mañana en la Casa Blanca, y tiene la intencion de informar al
Presidente, al Congreso y al publico votante. La tortura, como el genocidio,
es una medida represiva que deshumaniza a la victima e inspira a la
revolucion local y la inestabilidad politica que inevitablemente amenazara
los intereses de los EE.UU. Una verdadera politica extranjera,  de comercio
y defensa deberia poner una muy alta prioridad en reducir la asistencia de
los que pagan impuestos en EE.UU. para con esos paises que practican
torturas. (Venezuela esta en la lista)
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SOURCE Open Source Solutions, Inc.
CONTACT: Robert Steele, CEO of Open Source Solutions, Inc.,
703-242-1700, or bear@...
URL: http://www.oss.net



2) BacTech otorga derechos de mercadeo para tecnologia de biolixiviacion de
oro.
BacTech Enviromet Corporation (BacTech) en conjunto  con su socio Mintek de
Surafrica se complace en anunciar la firma de un memorandum de entendimiento
(acuerdo) para apuntar a la planta metalurgiuca de oro Laizhou de la
provincia de Shandong en la Republica Popular china como el agente exclusivo
de mercadeo y ventas de su tecnologia de biolixiviacion de oro para China,
Korea, Siberia y Mongolia.



3) Hangzhou se convierte en la ciudad modelo de proteccion ambiental de
China



4) Gambia: EL gobierno esta encomendado a la sanidad ambiental
El gobierno de Gambia esta preocupado que la sanidad ambiental es
generalmente pobre en nuestras comunidades y que el vector que causa la
malaria vive y se alimenta en condiciones ambientales pobres. Para salvar
vidas y reducir la morbilidad y mortalidad debido a la malaria, el gobierno
ha decidido institucionalizar  un dia "Set - setal" nacional  para alentar a
nuestras comunidades a limpiar el ambiente. Se espera que a traves de tal
actividad la poblacion de mosquitos podria ser reducida minimizando con esto
la incidencia de malaria. EL resultado final es una poblacion mas saludable
y productiva.



5) EDEN Bioscience es seleccionada para el premio presidencial "Reto a la
Quimica Verde", por la Agencia de Proteccion al Ambiente de EE.UU. (EPA)
Por su innovacion tecnica en el desarrollo de la tecnologia harpin. En 1992,
descubrieron primero como proteinas ocurridas naturalmente, llamadas
harpinas, disparan defensas naturales de las plantas para protegerse de
enfermedades y pestes y activar simultaneamente ciertos sistemas de
crecimiento de las plantas sin alterar el ADN de la planta. Cuando se aplica
a los sembradios, las harpinas aumentan la biomasa de las plantas, la
fotosintesis, la toma de nutrientes y ultimadamente, lleva a una cosecha
mayor y de mas calidad.


6) El grupo Environmental Justice Group hace recomendaciones a Proteccion
del Ambiente de Pensilvania.
El secretario de Proteccion del Ambiente de Pensilvania (DEP) David Hess
acepto hoy recomendaciones del grupo Environmental Justice Group del DEP
para promover la involucracion publica en permitir decisiones de monitoreo y
bajos ingresos de las comunidades en toda Pensilvania.


7) China invierte en proteccion ambiental en energia electrica
La corporacion estatal china de electricidad invertira mas de 12,3 miles de
millones de yens en los proximos 5 años para la proteccion ambiental de
construcciones de energia electrica, con el proposito de asegurar que la
economia nacional se de cuenta del desarrollo sostenible.



8) EE.UU.: La Coalicion de Cape Cod cataloga de "inaceptable" el estudio de
impacto ambiental para la reserva militar masiva.
Los 'Cape Codders' vendran cabeza con cabeza con los represntantes de la
Guardia Nacional de Massachusetts mañana en la noche, Junio 26, en una
audiencia concerniente al futuro de la Reserva Militar de Massachusetts. En
el corazon del debate esta el estudio de impacto ambiental final producido
por la Guardia Nacional de MA, el cual muchos residentes del estado
preocupados dicen que falla en cumplir los criterios establecidos por orden
ejecutiva del gobierno en 1999, y falla en proteger la reserva critica de
agua futura de Cape Cod o el importante habitat de vida salvaje del area.



9) AMIGOS DE LA TIERRA (FOE): Mas de menos --- nuevo resumen ambiental de
FOE
Los temas ambientales se estan convirtiendo en mas y mas importantes cada
dia.
* Cambio climatico
* quimicos toxicos
* basura y reciclaje
* Alimentos modificados geneticamente
* carreteras, carros y transporte publico
* comercio mundial, pobreza y desigualdad



10) Ambiente y ecologia en EE.UU.: la version final del programa federal
"destruccion de armas quimicas RF" fue adoptado en una reunion de gabinete.



11) Un estudio encuentra que 6.000 computadoras son echadas a la basura cada
dia en California --La solucion podria costar US$200 millones - o ahorrar
US$ 36 millones
Mas de 6.000 computadoras van a la basura cada dia en California, de acuerdo
a un nuevo estudio preparado por una coalicion de industrias patrocinado por
la Agencia de Proteccion Ambiental de EE.UU.
Para obtener el reporte gratis: www.globalfutures.org  or escriba a
cate@...



12) Ariel Research Corporation anuncia la disponibilidad de Data Regulatoria
de Quimicos Globales via integracion  XML
Conferencia Ojos para la Quimica Europa 2001



13) Tecnologia ZENON usada en ambos lados de la frontera EE.UU.-Canada --
ZENON gana las ordenes canadienses y de los EE.UU. para ZeeWeed(r)
tecnologia de tratamientos de agua
Han asegurado ordenes nuevas de clientes repetidos, con un valor combinado
de US$10 millones, para suplir a la industria electrica con su tacnologia de
tratamiento de aguas.



14) Africa: Desarrollo y crecimiento deberian ser vistos como expectativas,
mas que como el dividendo de la democracia.
Los dividendos de la democracia vienen de cuanto eres capaz, y deseoso, de
maximizar las oportunidades que hay para cada ciudadano de la politica para
ser parte y parcela de gobierno. No puede haber mejor manera de liberacion
total de los potenciales de la ciudadania que una politica deliberada de
involucrarlos en los asuntos del Estado.



15) EE.UU: Ejecutivos de negocios, lideres religiosos, economistas y
cientificos urgen accion en la "Cumbre Ciudadana sobre Cambio Climatico"
Una coalicion de lideres comunitarios -representando a mas de 100 millones
de gringos y mas de US$ 300 miles de millones en ganancias anuales- se
reunieron  hoy en la Cumbre Ciudadana sobre Cambio Climatico para urgir a
los hacedores de leyes para aminorar el calentamiento global.



16) Annan urge al G-8 accion sobre el SIDA, la pobreza y el Ambiente
El secretario general de la Naciones Unidas Kofi Annan urgio a los lideres
del  grupo de los ocho (G-8) a cumplir bien los compromisos que ellos
hicieron el año pasado en la Cumbre del Milenio de las Naciones Unidas para
combatir el SIDA, atacar la pobreza y preservar el Ambiente Natural.



17) El Ejercito de EE.UU. del futuro podria rodar con combustibles
alternativos, fotosintesis.
Llevar combustible a los soldados en el campo ha sido un problema desde que
las maquinas reemplazaron a los caballos.



18) Helsinki: Comisionado anuncia resolucion anti-tortura en el "Dia
Internacional en Apoyo a las Victimas de la Tortura"
El comisionado de los EE.UU. de la Comision de Helsinki Chirstopher Smith
introducira una resolucion en la reunion de Julio de la asamblea del
parlamento OSCE   buscando una moratoria contra el uso de la "detencion
incomunicado", la cual niega a los detenidos el contacto con el mundo
exterior.


























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1) Reporte de Inteligencia de Fuente Abierta sobre Torturas en apoyo a la
vigilia de la hermana Dianna Ortiz mañana en la Casa Blanca
(Open Source Intelligence Report on Torture Released in Support Of
Tomorrow's White House Vigil by Sister Dianna Ortiz)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 9:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON, Jun 25, 2001 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- OSS Inc., advocate of
improved open source intelligence support to government decision-makers and
the citizen voters that elected them, today released a list of countries
practicing systematic torture. This list is released in support of Sister
Diana Ortiz' vigil outside the White House tomorrow, and intended to help
inform the President, Congress, and the voting public. Torture, like
genocide, is a repressive measure that both dehumanizes the victim, and
inspires local revolution and regional instability that will inevitably
threaten U.S. interests. A truly strategic foreign, defense, and trade
policy should place a very high priority on directly reducing U.S. taxpayer
assistance to those countries that practice torture.

According to the international standard document on World Conflict and Human
Rights prepared each year by the Interdisciplinary Research Programme on
Causes of Human Right Violations at Leiden University, in the year 2000 the
following countries practiced systematic, widespread, common, frequent or
routine torture:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Bahrein, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma (Myanmar), Burundi,
Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Congo
(Zaire), Congo-Brazzaville, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El
Salvador, Equatorial Ghana, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Guatemala,
Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq,
Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan,
Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique,
Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine
Authority, Paraguay, People's Republic of China, Peru, Philippines, Russia,
Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South
Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo,
Tunesia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela,
Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Torture, like genocide, is a detail of international life that most
Presidents would rather not address. This will change over time as the
Internet and the growing alternative intelligence community of "wired"
citizens begin to acquire voluntary structure and direction. From this will
come informed democracy. Next time, Sister Ortiz will represent over 50
million U.S. voters who have received an open source intelligence report on
torture and communicated their direction to Congress. This specific
situation is a portend of future changes in the relationship between
intelligence, votes, and policy.
MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X66672624
SOURCE Open Source Solutions, Inc.
CONTACT:          Robert Steele, CEO of Open Source Solutions, Inc.,
                  703-242-1700, or bear@...
URL: http://www.oss.net
http://www.prnewswire.com
Copyright (C) 2001 PR Newswire. All rights reserved.
KEYWORD:          District of Columbia
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ARO
SUBJECT CODE:     EXE
Copyright © 2001, PR Newswire, all rights reserved.



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2) BacTech otorga derechos de mercadeo para tecnologia de biolixiviacion de
oro.
(BacTech Grants Exclusive Marketing Rights For Gold Technology)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 10:25 AM EST

TORONTO, CANADA, JUN 25, 2001 (CCN Newswire via COMTEX) -- BacTech Enviromet
Corporation (BacTech) in conjunction with its partner Mintek of South Africa
is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
(Agreement) to appoint Laizhou Gold Metallurgy Plant of Shandong Province in
the Peoples Republic of China (Laizhou) as the exclusive marketing and sales
agent for its gold bioleaching technology for China, Korea, Siberia and
Mongolia.

The Agreement is for an initial term of three years and is extendible on an
annual basis thereafter. Laizhou must complete at least two technology sales
during the initial three year term and at least one technology sale per
annum thereafter to remain the exclusive marketing and sales agent. BacTech
and Mintek have the first right to participate in any project should such
right become available to Laizhou. BacTech and Mintek will support Laizhou's
efforts to market the technology by providing manuals, technical support,
new technology information and advertising.

The fees payable for each technology sale will include a Net Smelter Return
royalty plus a Net Profits Interest. These fees exclude reimbursable costs.

BacTech announced on April 12, 2000 a technology sale to Laizhou for a price
of $Cdn 1.5 million including a front end licensing fee (already received)
and royalty which initiated the relationship resuling in the Agreement being
announced today. BacTech and Mintek are pleased to also announce that the
custom treatment plant with initial capacity of 65,000 ounces of gold per
annum in Shandong Province, China announced in the April 12, 2000 press
release is currently being commissioned. This plant represents the first
useage of commercially proven gold bioleach technology in China. Laizhou,
Mintek and BacTech beleive that this plant will provide substantial
assistance to marketing the technology by Laizhou.

BacTech and Mintek are leaders in the development and application of
bio-leaching technology for use in the extraction of precious and base
metals from difficult to process sulphide ores and concentrates. The process
can offer significant advantages in capital and operating costs and
environmental impact in comparison with the traditional concentrate
treatment processes of smelting and pressure oxidation. In addition, BacTech
and Mintek are conducting a feasibilty study in a joint venture with
Industrias Penoles S.A. de C.V. of Mexico to build, own and operate a
commercial bioleach treatment plant in Mexico to treat complex polymetallic
copper concentrates.

CONTACT:          BacTech Enviromet Corporation
                  North America
                  Ross Orr
                  (416) 777-0001
                  or
                  BacTech Enviromet Corporation
                  Australia
                  Geoff Donohue
                  61 412 113 931
                  or
                  BacTech Enviromet Corporation
                  Nicholas Sayce
                  (416) 813-0303
Copyright (C) 2001, Canadian Corporate News. All rights reserved.

NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CCN NEWSWIRE - A SERVICE OF ITG The Canadian
Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not acceptresponsibility for the
adequacy or accuracy of this release.

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: MNG - Mining
SUBJECT CODE:     NWS - SPECIAL NEWS EVENTS

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3) Hangzhou se convierte en la ciudad modelo de proteccion ambiental de
China
(Hangzhou Becomes China's Environmental Protection Model City)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 9:13 AM EST

HANGZHOU, Jun 25, 2001 (AsiaPort via COMTEX) -- On this June Hangzhou City
was crowned as "China's Environmental Protection Model City".

Since the year 1998, Hangzhou has caught out four biggest environmental
protection engineering named as "clear water, blue sky, green color,
lustration", investing over seven billion yuan to renovate the city's
environment. For years, the city closed and eliminated more than six hundred
heavy contaminative enterprises at the same time cleared up over three
thousand industrial contaminative headstreams, as a result, the air and
water environment has been largely improved.

Hangzhou made great effort to clear up 70 silty rivers with
216.3-kilometer-long that has improved the aspects of rivers furthest.
Cyrrently, Hangzhou's virescence area reaches to 60.35 million sq.m., the
public green area occupied by per person rises to 6.79 sq.m..

"clear water, blue sky, green color, lustration" engineering has formed a
top-ranking residence environment for Hangzhou's citizens.

From Health News, Page 03, Thursday, June 21, 2001
 info@...
Copyright (C) 2001 Alestron, All rights reserved
KEYWORD:           HANGZHOU
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Marketing
                   Investment
SUBJECT CODE:     Environment, Health and Medical

Copyright © 2001, Asiaport Daily News, all rights reserved



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4) Gambia: EL gobierno esta encomendado a la sanidad ambiental
(Gov't Committed to Environmental Sanitation)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 10:20 AM EST

Banjul, the Gambia, Jun 25, 2001 (The Independent/All Africa Global Media
via COMTEX)-- The government is concerned that environmental sanitation is
generally poor in our communities and that the vector that causes malaria
lives and breeds in poor environmental conditions. To save life and reduce
morbidity and mortality due to malaria, government has decided to
institutionalize a national "Set - Setal" day to encourage our communities t
o clean the environment. It is expected that through such activity the
mosquito population could be reduced thereby minimizing the malaria
incidence. The end result is a healthier and more productive population.

The general public is hereby informed that The Gambia is charged with the
responsibility of coordinating malaria prevention and control under the
Regional Health for Peace Initiative and that His Excellency the President
has himself spare headed the campaign to Roll Back Malaria since May 1999.
It is therefore incumbent on everybody living in The Gambia to join the
campaign against malaria. Cleaning our environment is a very important
factor in the promotion of health and a prerequisite to the success of the
roll back malaria programme.

The general public is therefore urged to view the institutionalization of
the National "Set Setal" Day as a national endeavour to bring down malaria
prevalence in The Gambia. It should also be seen as a duty and service to
our country and people. We should all willingly participate in this
campaign.

The government has therefore decided that with immediate effect the first
Saturday of every month between the hours of 8 to 11 am should be observed
as National "Set Setal" Day throughout the country. Everybody living in The
Gambia should be involved in cleaning the environment on that Day during the
specified time.

All institutional heads, divisional commissioners, district chiefs, village
heads ("Alkalolu"), religious leaders, yard owners, school heads and civil
society are urged to encourage their communities to actively participate in
the cleansing exercise.

Copyright The Independent. Distributed by All Africa Global
Media(AllAfrica.com)


KEYWORD: Environment


Copyright © 2001, Africa News Service, all rights reserved




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5) EDEN Bioscience es seleccionada para el premio presidencial "Reto a la
Quimica Verde", por la Agencia de Proteccion al Ambiente de EE.UU. (EPA)
(EDEN Bioscience Selected for Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON, Jun 25, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Presidential Green Chemistry
Challenge Award was presented today to EDEN Bioscience Corporation
(NASDAQ:EDEN), Bothell, Wash., for its technical innovation in the
development of harpin technology.

The awards are given annually through the EPA Office of Pollution Prevention
and Toxics to recognize organizations and individuals that are successfully
researching, developing, and implementing outstanding green chemical
technologies. These technologies are defined as chemical products and
manufacturing processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of
hazardous substances.

The awards were presented at the National Academy of Sciences by Stephen L.
Johnson, EPA Assistant Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic
Substances, during the fifth National Green Chemistry and Engineering
Conference. This is only the third time an agricultural product company has
won the award.

Jerry Butler, CEO, and Zhongmin Wei, PhD, vice-president for research,
accepted EDEN's award in the small business category. "This award
underscores our dedication to commercializing crop production technologies
that promote environmental stewardship while at the same time provide
economic benefit to growers and ultimately, the consumer," said Butler on
receiving the award.

In 1992, while at Cornell University, Wei and his colleagues first
discovered how naturally occurring proteins, called harpins, trigger natural
plant defense systems to protect against disease and pests and
simultaneously activate certain plant growth systems without altering the
plant's DNA. When applied to crops, harpin increases plant biomass,
photosynthesis, nutrient uptake and root development and, ultimately, leads
to greater crop yield and quality.

Using environmentally friendly fermentation and formulation processes, EDEN
Bioscience(R) has brought harpin technology to the marketplace as
Messenger(R), the first commercial product of this new crop production
technology. EPA approved Messenger in April 2000 as a biochemical pesticide
for disease management and yield enhancement in more than 40 crop groupings
plus turf and ornamentals. Messenger is approved for use in 49 states,
including New York State, where it is recommended by Cornell University for
use on apples to manage fire blight, and in California for use on
strawberries for disease management.

"A tremendous amount of teamwork was involved between EDEN, universities and
the EPA in providing and reviewing data submitted for the registration of
Messenger in the United States," Butler said. "Worldwide, the approval
process is under way, and registrations in some countries are expected
soon," he added.

More than 1,000 trials conducted on a wide array of crops throughout the
world demonstrate that Messenger effectively stimulates plants to defend
themselves against a broad spectrum of viral, fungal, and bacterial
diseases, including some disease for which there is currently no effective
treatment, according to Fred Betz, EDEN director of environmental
stewardship and regulatory affairs, Annapolis, MD. Messenger treatments
promote improved plant quality and generally lead to increased yields of
between 10 percent and 20 percent over current agronomic practices that
include traditional chemicals. Now, using environmentally benign harpin
protein technology, for the first time in the history of modern agriculture
growers will be able to harness the innate defense and growth systems of
crops to substantially enhance yields and improve crop quality.

Messenger has been shown through an extensive safety evaluation to have
virtually no adverse effect on any of the tested organisms, including
mammals, birds, honeybees, plants, fish, and other aquatic organisms. Harpin
is highly effective at very low rates of application -- 0.004 to 0.l4 lb of
harpin protein per acre per season.

The harpin molecule is rapidly degraded in the presence of sunlight and
natural microorganisms, and has no potential to bioaccumulate or to
contaminate water. Moreover, the harpin protein in Messenger is produced in
a water-based fermentation system that uses no solvents or reagents,
requires only modest energy inputs, and generates no hazardous wastes. Using
harpin technology not only conserves resources, it also helps protect the
environment by partially replacing traditional agricultural chemistry.

Messenger is not irritating to the eyes or skin, and product application
requires no special protective clothing or precautions. Because of its lack
of toxicity, low use rate, and lack of detectable harpin residue on treated
crops, EPA has determined that Messenger poses no dietary risk and has
established an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for harpin
protein on all food commodities.

The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program was established in
1995 as part of the Clinton Administration's Reinventing Environmental
Regulations Initiative. In announcing the program EPA Administrator Carol M.
Browner said the awards were an opportunity for individuals, groups, and
organizations to "compete for Presidential awards in recognition of
fundamental breakthroughs in cleaner, cheaper, smarter chemistry."
Approximately five awards are given annually to industry and government
sponsors, an academic institution, and a small business. An independent
panel of technical experts convened by the American Chemical Society judged
nominations received for the awards.

Since the inception of the program, the only previous award winners in
agricultural chemistry were made in 1998 to Rohm & Haas for Confirm
insecticide, and in 1999 to Dow AgroSciences LLC for Spinosad insecticide.

(c) 2001 EDEN Bioscience Corporation. Always read and follow label
instructions before buying or using this product. Messenger(R), and EDEN(R),
and EDEN Bioscience(R) are registered trademarks of EDEN Bioscience Corp.
Messenger is not currently registered for sale or use in Colorado. In
California, Messenger is labeled for disease management in strawberries
only.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT: Certain statements contained in this press release are
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify
forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should,"
"expect," "plan," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict,"
"potential" or "continue," the negative of these terms or other terminology.
Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of
management at the time the statements are made and are subject to certain
risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially
from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could
affect EDEN's actual results include, among others, inability to transition
from a company with a research focus to a company capable of supporting
commercial activities; dependence on a single product, the development and
commercialization of which may not be successful; a lack of market
acceptance by growers; inability to produce a high quality product as
manufacturing capacity is increased; inability to obtain regulatory
approvals; and inability to develop adequate sales and marketing
capabilities. More information about factors that potentially could affect
EDEN's financial results is included in EDEN's most recent quarterly report
on Form 10Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon these
forward-looking statement that speak only as to the date of this release.
EDEN undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.


CONTACT:          EDEN Bioscience
                  Janis Jones, 425/984-2133
                  cell, 415/336-4997
                  jonesj@...

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6) El grupo Environmental Justice Group hace recomendaciones a Proteccion
del Ambiente de Pensilvania.
(Environmental Justice Work Group Makes Recommendations to PA DEP)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 4:02 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jun 25, 2001 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Pennsylvania
Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary David E. Hess today accepted
recommendations from DEP's Environmental Justice Work Group to promote
public involvement in permit decisions in minority and low-income
communities across Pennsylvania.

"I want to thank the members of this work group who have spent more than two
years developing these recommendations," Secretary Hess said. "Thank you
also to the more than 220 residents who provided input at the seven
community forums we held across the state. Our job now is to develop an
action plan and begin implementing the recommendations.

"Low-income and minority communities can be at a disadvantage in dealing
with government processes. These work-group recommendations will help put
these communities on a level playing field."


    The group's recommendations include:

    -- Establishing an Office of Environmental Advocate to serve as a point
of
    contact to address environmental justice concerns;
    -- Putting official documents like public notices and permit information

    in a language understood by the community to be affected;

    -- Including a 10-step procedure in DEP's permitting process for certain

    activities in minority and low-income communities, like enhanced public

    participation;
    -- Ensuring minority and low-income communities receive the same
frequency

    of inspections and assessment of fines as other communities;

    -- Establishing an Environmental Justice Advisory Board to facilitate

    DEP's actions in addressing current and future environmental justice

    concerns; and
    -- Evaluating the implementation of the recommendations to ensure equal
    environmental protection.
"DEP made a commitment to implement all consensus recommendations made by
the work group," Secretary Hess said. "And we will keep that commitment.

"We already have implemented the first work-group recommendation -- to
automatically notify residents by e-mail when new permit applications are
submitted to DEP. Our eNOTICE service responds to a basic question residents
have: How will they know when something is being reviewed that might affect
them?"

The report is intended to help DEP improve its decision-making process by
including communities that may have a more difficult time becoming involved
in permit decisions. The report also addresses DEP's role in restoring
communities that may have a disproportionate number of permitted facilities.

In Pennsylvania, environmental laws protect the environment from adverse
impacts of projects, but do not necessarily look at overall community
impacts. Because of this, minority and low-income communities may suffer
from a greater share of pollution and other environmental impacts from
industry, although individual projects comply with existing standards.

Environmental justice means that no group of people should receive more
negative environmental impacts, like pollution and traffic, than other
groups.

In 1999, DEP formed the Environmental Justice Work Group to recommend ways
the agency could approach environmental justice issues. The group includes
representatives from communities, environmental groups, industry, local
governments, universities and DEP.

For more information, or to view the report, visit DEP through the PA
PowerPort at www.state.pa.us or directly at www.dep.state.pa.us (directLINK
"Environmental Justice").

CONTACT: April L. Hutcheson, Deputy Press Secretary of Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection, 717-787-1323.


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                  Department of Environmental Protection, 717-787-1323

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7) China invierte en proteccion ambiental en energia electrica
(China Invests Capital In Electric Power Environmental Protection)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 9:13 AM EST

BEIJING, Jun 25, 2001 (AsiaPort via COMTEX) -- The State Electric Power
Corp. will invested over 12.3 billion yuan in succession in the next five
years to the environmental protection in electric power construction, with a
purpose to ensure national economy to realize sustainable development.

The 10th Five-Year Plan period will be an important stage for accelerating
China's electric power industry. Under the direction of the target of
"basically realizing nationwide networks", the construction of some
important engineering will undergo an unprecedented growth. According to
statistics, in the future five years, the investment total scale of China's
electric power construction will reach to 600 billion yuan, among which the
power investment will rise to 180 billion yuan. Dozens of large-scale water
electric stations will be opened one by one. The large-scale electric power
construction wil bring severe challenge to environmental protection.

It is said, in the 10th Five-Year Plan period, State Electric Power Corp.
will further enlarge the strength of technological reform and renovation.
The technological investment is planned to reach 47.8 billion yuan.

The measures will make effective influence to improve the environment.

From China Coal News, Page 03, Thursday, June 21, 2001
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8) EE.UU.: La Coalicion de Cape Cod cataloga de "inaceptable" el estudio de
impacto ambiental para la reserva militar masiva.
(Cape Cod Coalition Calls Environmental Impact Assessment Of Mass Military
Reserve "Unacceptable")

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 2:14 PM EST

CAPE COD, Mass., Jun 25, 2001 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Cape Codders will
come head to head with representatives of the Massachusetts National Guard
tomorrow night, June 26, at a hearing concerning the future of the
Massachusetts Military Reserve. At the heart of the debate is the Final
Environmental Impact Report produced by the MA National Guard, which many
concerned state residents say fails to meet criteria established by the
Governor's 1999 Executive Order, and fails to protect Cape Cod's critical
future water supply or the area's important wildlife habitat.

"This environmental impact report reflects a long history of broken
promises," said Sue Rohrbach, Coordinator of. Citizens United for MMR
Watershed and Wildlife Refuge, a 47-member coalition of environmental,
business, and civic groups. "Without the management called for in the
Governor's Executive Order and the legislation, this document does not
assure the people of Cape Cod that their water supply will be protected. It
is unacceptable and should be rejected."

Coalition members include groups like the Association for the Preservation
of Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, the Cape and Islands
Association of Realtors, the League of Women Voters, the Barnstable County
Commissioners and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). They are
due to turn out in force for tomorrow's hearing, scheduled for 4pm at
Building 330 at the military base. They are expected to show strong support
for the Upper Cape Water Supply Reserve legislation (H.3579) currently
pending on Beacon Hill. A January 2000 poll showed that 80 percent of Cape
Cod residents endorsed this legislative act protecting Cape Cod's drinking
water supply.

Critics of the National Guard's report say it specifically fails to:

    -- Include a permanent independent management, oversight, and monitoring
       entity as stipulated in the Executive Order
    -- Include a permanent Advisory Council for the Water Supply Reserve -
       though a Secretary's Certificate issued by the state's Executive
Office
       of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) calls for an Advisory Council,
       appointed by the Governor, to be made up of representatives of the
four
       Upper Cape towns, the military, the Cape Cod Commission, regional
water
       suppliers, and at-large members.
    -- Include an adequate level of analysis of military training
       alternatives.
    -- Meet the EOEA Secretary's expectation that the Environmental
       Performance Standards would reflect a consensus of the inter-agency
       Task Force that he created.
    -- Reflect current information on the effects of training in the 15,000
       acres, stating that most pollution took place before the 1980s, while
       in actuality, the National Guard continued shelling the area until
the
       EPA stopped them in 1997.
    -- Meet the standards of the Cape Cod Commission's Regional Policy Plan.
    -- Protect the water supply, and instead calls for potentially polluting
       activities within the Zone of Contribution to two public water supply
       wells in Bourne.
Concerned citizens who cannot attend tomorrow's hearing are encouraged to
contact: Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, 251 Causeway Street,
Suite 900 Boston, MA 02114; fax: 617-626-1181; e-mail:
dick.foster@...

For directions to the hearing please phone Citizens United for MMR Watershed
and Wildlife Refuge at 508-362-0424 or the MA Army National Guard at
508-968-5147.
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9) AMIGOS DE LA TIERRA (FOE): Mas de menos --- nuevo resumen ambiental de
FOE
(FRIENDS OF THE EARTH: More from less -- FOE's new environmental summary)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 4:31 AM EST

Jun 25, 2001 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Environmental issues are becoming
more and more important every day.

* climate change

* toxic chemicals

* waste and recycling

* GM food

* roads, cars and public transport

* world trade, poverty and inequality.

These issues are already the subject of public debate, political conflict
and social protest. As public concern grows, the arguments and solutions
offered by environmentalists will become more and more influential.

Friends of the Earth is widely regarded as one of the key groups in the
environmental movement. With 68 national groups, in Europe, the US,South
America, Asia and Africa, it is the largest environmental network in the
world.

For the first time FOE has set out the key environmental issues, and its
proposed solutions,in a simple, easy-to-read form.

In 1992, every Government on earth went to the Rio summit and signed up to
the key green principle of "sustainable development" - balancing the needs
of the present with the needs of the future. Already, Governments are
bringing in pollution and fuel taxes, action to cut climate changing gas
emissions and other radical policies straight from the green menu.

Green ideas are shaping the future of our society, and of the planet.

No-one in business, politics, or public affairs can afford to remain
ignorant of what the greens are saying.

* "More from Less" is a signpost to a brighter future based on an economy
which protects our natural resources, while promoting jobs, prosperity and
economic justice.

* "More from Less" is an alternative to the destruction caused by a world
economy based on conspicuous consumption and unplanned growth

* "More from Less" is also a guidebook for activists - and those who feel
the effects of what activists do.

In an age when conventional party politics has never been more unpopular, it
shows how green activists are trying to renew our democracy, offering
individual citizens the opportunity to play a real and active part.

Friends of the Earth Director Charles Secrett comments:

"More from Less" is a route map for society. We can no longer to afford to
live, work and play according to the gospel of unplanned economic growth and
conspicuous throw-away consumption.

Our economy may appear to be booming. But each and every one of us is paying
a price for financial prosperity - and many of the poorest people in Britain
are paying a higher price than others, without getting the benefits. We need
to build a healthier economy, which takes account of our limited resources,
respects our natural assets and still meets our every day needs." The key
principle behind "More from Less" is environmental space, a measure of the
earth's environmental limits, in particular of the amount of scarce
resources (energy,minerals, metals, land, wood, water) that the world can
consume without sacrificing the principle of sustainable development. "More
from Less" also shows how this environmental space can be shared between
countries in a way that reduces inequality between North and South and
within each society.

Charles Secrett adds:

"By calculating the limits of our resources, Governments can set targets
which realistically reflect the share of the earth's resources that are
available. In this way,the less-developed southern countries will be able to
trade on more equitable terms.

More from Less sets out a radical but realistic approach to the problem of
sustainable development - the single most important political, economic and
social issue now facing the planet. We think that our solutions will be the
future: whether you agree or not you need to know what the greens are saying
and why."

CONTACT: Friends of the Earth Tel: +44 (0)20 7490 1555 Fax: +44 (0)20 7490
0881 e-mail: info@... WWW: http://www.foe.co.uk

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10) Ambiente y ecologia : la version final del programa federal "destruccion
de armas quimicas en RF" fue adoptado en una reunion de gabinete.
(ENVIRONMENTAL & ECOLOGY THE FINAL VERSION OF THE FEDERAL PROGRAM "THE
DESTRUCTION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN RF" WAS ADOPTED AT A MEETING OF THE
CABINET)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 9:41 PM EST

ST.PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, JUN 25, 2001 (A&G News via COMTEX) -- According to
the document, the destruction of chemical weapons of "Fosgen"-category will
be completed in 2001. And in 2007 it is planned to liquidate or convert the
enterprises, which were the producers of the chemical weapons. The program
provides for the total destruction of chemical weapons by the beginning of
2012.

URL: http://www.aginform.com

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11) Un estudio encuentra que 6.000 computadoras son echadas a la basura cada
dia en California --La solucion podria costar US$200 millones - o ahorrar
US$ 36 millones
(Study Finds 6,000 Computers Wasted Every Day in California -- Solutions
Could Cost $200 Million -- or Save $36 Million)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 10:39 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO, Jun 25, 2001 (ASCRIBE NEWS via COMTEX) -- More than 6,000
computers go to waste every day in California, according to a new study
prepared by a coalition of industry groups under sponsorship of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency.

Cleaning up computer and electronic waste could cost industry as much as
$232 million, or generate as much as a $36 million profit, depending on what
solutions are chosen, the report found.

Co-author Tachi Kiuchi, the Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Mitsubishi Electric
America, and Chairman of the Future 500, said the report was intended as "a
menu of possible options to solve the problem, to help industry and
government compare the costs and benefits of different computer product
stewardship approaches."

The report was prepared by the non-profit Global Futures Foundation and the
Future 500, a business network, under contract with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency. The Future 500 is an international network of leadership
companies that forges partnerships to solve environmental and social
problems. It found that:

-- More than 2.2 million computers are sold each year in California. Most of
these are obsolete in little more than two years.

-- Based on this, more than 6,000 computers go to waste every day in
California. Most are stored in back rooms and offices because people are
unwilling or reluctant to discard them as trash. However, an increasing
number are entering the waste stream.

-- E-waste represents from two to five percent of the U.S. municipal solid
waste stream.

-- An estimated 300,000 tons of e-waste ended up in U.S. landfills in 2000,
and the problem is expected to grow four-fold in the next few years.

-- E-waste contains significant quantities of toxic materials. Each computer
or television display monitor contains an average of 2-8 pounds of lead.
Monitor glass contains about 20 percent lead by weight.

-- About 70 percent of the heavy metals (including mercury and cadmium)
found in landfills come from electronic equipment discards. These heavy
metals and other hazardous substances found in electronics can contaminate
groundwater and pose other environmental and public health risks.

The State of California Department of Toxics has established that it is
illegal to dispose of CRTs in landfills. (A copy of this letter can be found
on the Materials for the Future website, http://www.materials4future.org,)

The three major areas of concern that are being raised to the surface as the
most critical to solving this problem are:

-- To catalyze market and infrastructure development for computer and
electronics recycling.

-- To establish roles and financial responsibilities for stakeholders, like
computer manufacturers, retailers, and purchasers.

-- To encourage wider use of design for environment (DfE) principles.

"It is our ability to constructively address these three issues that will
establish the success or failure of our stakeholder process in the months to
come," said Kiuchi

To obtain the report, visit the Future 500 website, http://
www.globalfutures.org, or write cate@...
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12) Ariel Research Corporation anuncia la disponibilidad de Data Regulatoria
de Quimicos Globales via integracion  XML
(Ariel Research Corporation Announces the Availability of Global Chemical
Regulatory Data Via XML Integration)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 1:13 PM EST

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Jun 25, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- EyeforChem
Europe 2001 Conference: Ariel Research Corporation today announced the
availability of its new XML-based global chemical regulatory data service.

The service enables corporations to establish end-to-end data integration
and change management solutions to support environmental, health and safety
applications in major ERP systems and B2B e-commerce networks.

Chemical regulatory information is an integral part of overall corporate
Environment, Health, and Safety (EH&S) compliance. Regulatory clearance is
critical to every ERP system and each e-commerce transaction.

According to Patricia Simmons(1), Executive Director of CIDX, industry
leaders have come to a "recognition that there is value in having open,
platform-independent and freely available standards that were broadly
adopted by the global chemical industry and its strategic trading industry
network." Following the industry trend, Ariel has defined and implemented an
XML interface supporting chemical regulatory data feeds for a variety of
distributed systems, which include private and public e-commerce exchanges
and ERP applications.

"This service represents the latest addition to Ariel's Enterprise
Information Portal (EIP) and acts as an enabler for building end-to-end
integration solutions to support chemical regulatory compliance. Ariel's XML
interface is structurally based on CIDX's Chem eStandards recommendations,"
said Leo Oves, Chief Information Officer of Ariel.

The new service provides distributed on-demand access to Ariel's
industry-leading global chemical regulatory data warehouse, including expert
databases and regulatory changes.


    About Ariel Research
Ariel Research Corporation (Ariel) is the world's preeminent provider of
international chemical regulatory compliance products and services. Ariel
regulatory content and products enable the world's largest corporations to
identify and monitor product safety, workplace, and environmental
requirements on a global basis.

For more than thirteen years, Ariel, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland,
has been serving many of the world's leading chemical, process industry,
pharmaceutical, consumer products, aerospace, electronics, and
telecommunications companies. Ariel has assembled a unique team of
regulatory, scientific, data, systems and legal experts.

The diverse combination of knowledge, skill sets and experience enables
Ariel to provide global regulatory compliance solutions that are on point
and relevant to the increasingly complex world of chemical regulation.

(1) Interview with EyeforChem Newswire Editor Helen Oram, 6/6/2001

    (http://www.eyeforchem.com)

CONTACT:          Ariel Research Corporation
                  Elliot Blatt, 301/664-5806 (Direct Line)
                  301/907-7771 (Main Number)
                  E-mail eblatt@...
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13) Tecnologia ZENON usada en ambos lados de la frontera EE.UU.-Canada --
ZENON gana las ordenes canadienses y de los EE.UU. para ZeeWeed(r)
tecnologia de tratamientos de agua
(ZENON Technology Used On Both Sides Of Border By Power Plant Industry --
ZENON Wins Canadian And US Orders For ZeeWeed(R) Water Treatment Technology)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 10:46 AM EST

OAKVILLE, Ontario, Jun 25, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ZENON Environmental Inc.
(TSE:ZEN.) (TSE:ZEN.A) announced that it has secured new orders from repeat
customers, with a combined value of approximately $10 million, to supply the
power industry with its proprietary water treatment technology.

"Growing worldwide power shortages are exerting significant pressure on the
production of electrical power," said Andrew Benedek, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of ZENON.

"This is creating the need for additional investments to be made in the
power generation industry, and as water is a significant component in the
production of electrical power, ZENON will benefit from the growth of this
market."

ZENON has been contracted to build a new water treatment plant replacing an
existing system for an independent power producer in Alberta. Construction
for the project will commence later this summer with the new plant expected
to be operational in March 2002.

In addition, ZENON will be supplying its technology to a second plant for
the same customer, which will be operational in the second quarter of 2002.

Also, just south of the border in the State of Washington, ZENON's
technology will be used to retrofit an existing water treatment plant with a
new ZeeWeed(R) system. Expected to be operational by the end of this year,
the retrofitted plant will produce high quality water for boiler feed.

ZENON is a world leader in providing advanced membrane products and services
for water purification, wastewater treatment and water reuse.

Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, the ZENON group of companies
operates from nine locations in North America, six in Europe, and one in
each of Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

ZENON's products and services are marketed for a variety of municipal and
industrial applications through ZENON's offices and representatives located
throughout the world.

Additional information is available at the Company's web site
www.zenonenv.com.


CONTACT:          ZENON Environmental Inc.
                  Andrew Benedek, Chairman and CEO, 905/465-3030
                  or
                  Nazeli Seferian
                  Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
                  905/465-3030 ext. 3055

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14) Africa: Desarrollo y crecimiento deberian ser vistos como expectativas,
mas que como el dividendo de la democracia.
(Development and growth should be seen more as expectations than the
dividend of democracy)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 4:20 PM EST

Jun 14, 2001 (Vanguard/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX)-- The dividends
of democracy come from how much you are able, and willing, to maximize the
opportunities there are for every citizen of the polity to be part and
parcel of governance. There can be no better way to the total liberation of
the potentials of the citizenry than a deliberate policy of involving them
in the affairs of State.

My proposal therefore is that we take governance to the senatorial district
where everybody who is anybody there, serving or retired is involved in the
affairs of the district to elaborately enhance the social, political,
economic, cultural and environmental health of the 97,000 communities of
this vast giant in the African sun.

I do not expect cooperation from the National Assembly because they place
the political above the cultural and demote our traditional rulers to a
level below that of the elected councilor who cannot even qualify to get the
least of the titles available in the community to be given to those who have
served the community creditably. But the dismissal of the proposal is less
my loss than that of people whose acceptance of democracy is that it serves
to meet the requirements of those who built, promote and export the American
dream.

There must come into our affairs, the evolution, nurture, nourishment,
vibrant promotion and loyal sustenance of a Nigerian dream. And I insist
that such a dream must be founded on the fact of our level of cultural
manifestation which recongises the presence of rulers in the community.

These rulers, as heads of the clans in the senatorial districts, the 109
districts that make up the Nigerian federation, should be the hosts of
meetings of those who are serving and have served the country in defined
capacities so that they can together with the political actors be part of
deciding how the communities can be governed.

This is the height of entrenching entrepreneurship which is part and parcel
of the Nigerian make-up, but which many other countries cannot inject into
their own bodies-politic. The material is ready-made for mobilisation. Why
can't we pounce on it and revolutionise democracy by making it government by
the people! Yes, it is government by the people because the people are
directly involved through cost effective use of the people from the area who
have made it and are making it in all spheres of life.

It is not a gathering of clubs or associations. It is a gathering of
individuals who have given service at an identifiable level and are being
called to the senatorial tents to meet the demands of governance. They do
not get paid for going home. But you know that if they get invited to Abuja,
they would have their transport and hotel bills paid even if they do not get
remunerated as consultants. But here, the call is from home and all roads
lead home- to give service. Since they all are at home, whatever money is
voted for development is fully monitored.

I am not theorising. What I am telling you has been going on in Afenmailand
in Edo State since 1999. The traditional rulers of the area sent a list of
about a hundred and ten of their children to me and asked me to publish it,
inviting them to a meeting at Auchi. I asked what for and they told me to
just do what I was told. I published the list and made room for those who
had not been listed to attend. That first meeting was held and the
traditional rulers asked us what it was that we had done for the people of
the senatorial district to advance its progress. That was what started it
off.

We have held five meetings, each meeting being hosted by the three districts
in turn. We call it the Afenmai National Council. There are nine committees
that are being put together and 152 professionals from the area have
volunteered their services to the committees. The traditional rulers are
always there as hosts of the meetings, but once the committees are working
and the funding is secured, the whole area will be busy and people will not
blame government for neglect because they would have their hands full. Every
Nigerian looks forward to a day he can call what he is doing his own.

This is the most viable implementation strategy for the president's two
millennial visions of anti-corruption and poverty eradication. The way of
God is to give you a picture. It is left to you to work out a way of
downloading it for the maximum use of and benefit of the people you govern.

It is that development and growth should be seen more as expectations than
the dividend of democracy because stricto senso, both should precede
democracy or regulate the pace of evolution of the democratic process. This
is likely to be unpopular with democracy addicts because many will not
accept that democracy should be a luxury of development.

They see democracy as a destination, the open sesame to an El Dorado of
flowing milk and honey, where cows are not tended and the bees that produce
the honey are not fed. But those who modernised, nurtured and sustain this
dispensation have never behaved in any manner than that the rights
guaranteed and demanded by an individual or a group of individuals are
earned. You must come to the full import of belonging in a polity. You must
understand the polity, in our case Nigeria. What its responsibilities are,
what its dreams are, what your role is in fulfilling the dream. We have not
worked hard enough to be called Nigerians. I am an Edo man in Nigeria just
as you are an Igbo in Nigeria or Yoruba in Nigeria or Tiv in Nigeria.

But what we have in that contraption is a central government that donates
subsistence crumbs to the component states. The 374 nationality groups in a
Nigeria of our expectation must while awake or asleep feel a love for a
country that to them should be the greatest in the world. There can be no
country greater to a Nigerian than his own country but when he grows up to
feel like a stranger in that country and the institutions do not protect him
in the face of such intimidating roadblocks, then he seeks a haven outside.
And that is what has been happening.

We must make this country a working federation so that the constituent parts
can be part and parcel of the development of their areas. The struggle for
the centre would be less intense and the problems that must come within the
next few years would have been averted. Whether this be done through a
Sovereign National Conference, a national conference or a conference of
federating states pushes for nomenclatures rather than appreciating the
urgent need for a dialogue. For dialogue, consultations, jaw jaw, and
discourses of myriad colourations are the most effective, the safest
weapons, for the sustenance of democracy. Their undermining, their
avoidance, subverting them, may well result in consequences unbargained for.

What I have said has not addressed my claim that democracy and development
must move apace or that democracy must be a step behind development to
achieve growth.

This is what has happened in America whose democracy we want to impose in
Nigeria as a turn-key project. Once upon a time, it was a crime to go on
strike in America because it was accepted that your freedom cannot undermine
the economic development of the nation. Even if you wrote tendentiously
about strikes, thereby promoting its spread, you were treated as one of the
strikers and your punishment was death. As I write this, America's democracy
does not permit any speech-plus outing of anyone. In other words, you have a
right to free speech but when you call people to undermine the institutions
of state, you have the full impact of those institutions on you.

Are they mature for democracy, those who cut NITEL lines because they want
to make earnings with the copper wires? Are they mature for democracy, those
who pounce on NEPA lines and deny supply of electricity to a whole state?
Are they mature for democracy, those who saw off the railings on bridges and
burn down government vehicles and installations because they disagree with
government measures? Are students who lock up their lecturers until they
have done their bidding enjoying any measure of dividend of democracy? Can
the crude behaviour of the mentally sick be equated with democracy where he
refuses to accept that his right must end where my nose begins? The point I
am pursuing is that duties precede rights and that is what is lacking in our
democracy. Even in our homes, the child does not eat until he has done his
share of the chores which may be making the fire, washing the plates,
cooking the food or setting the table.

You do not just come home and find your food set on the table, and after you
have had your fill, you leave the plates there to be picked up and washed
for your next meal. A reading of Revolutionary Sparks, Freedom of Expression
in Modern America by Margaret Blanchard shows beautifully how America
married freedom of expression and its democratic outing with the demands of
the country's national interest.

It tells you of the degree of freedom of the press permitted in the age of
enterprise, in the early twentieth century, during the First World War; in
the twenties, in the thirties; during the Second World War; during the Cold
War; during the war with Vietnam; during the early Nixon years; in the age
of Watergate et al.

At all stages of the march through time, there were those who wanted
personal liberty to override national interest and the overwhelming number
that believed the nation must come first, offering protection and providing
the environment for meeting the collective dream of the polity. One thing
can be said for the American experience. They knew what due process was and
played by the rules. Are we ready to accept due process, and obey the
demands of due process? Do we know the rules, accept them and are willing to
play them?

Being a paper given at the dinner organised by the Committee of Colleagues
for Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, Chairman Board of NDDC.

by Tony Momoh

Copyright Vanguard. Distributed by All Africa Global Media(AllAfrica.com)


KEYWORD: Nigeria


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15) EE.UU.Ejecutivos de negocios, lideres religiosos, economistas y
cientificos urgen accion en la "Cumbre Ciudadana sobre Cambio Climatico"
(Business Executives, Religious Leaders, Economists, and Scientists Urge
Action at 'Citizens Summit on Climate Change')

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 3:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON, Jun 25, 2001 (U.S. Newswire via COMTEX) -- A broad-based
coalition of community leaders -- representing more than 100 million
Americans and over $300 billion in annual revenues -- gathered today at a
Citizens Summit on Climate Change to urge lawmakers to slow global warming.

"We come from different backgrounds and perspectives, but we all agree that
global warming is one of the century's most pressing environmental,
economic, and ethical concerns," said Howard Ris, president of the Union of
Concerned Scientists. "All segments of society have a responsibility to act,
and our government, including both the Congress and the Bush administration,
should lead the way."

About 40 business executives, religious leaders, economists and scientists
from 12 key states are attending the three-day Citizens Summit, which
includes workshops, an inter-faith service, and meetings with congressional
representatives and their staff. The sponsoring organizations' members
include faith groups such as the United States Catholic Conference and the
National Council of Churches of Christ, and businesses such as Enron,
Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Maytag, and York International, as well as
scientists conducting research on climate change.

"To be faithful stewards of the Earth, we must curb global warming," said
Paul Gorman, executive director of the National Religious Partnership for
the Environment. "The United States is disproportionately responsible for
the global warming problem. As a result, our nation has a moral obligation
to lead the response."

At the summit, 12 state petitions signed by more than 800 scientists were
sent to Capitol Hill calling for stronger congressional leadership and
policies to stem global warming. The scientists agree that an unprecedented
consensus exists among the world's climate change community that global
warming is underway and that its effects on people, the environment, and the
economies of their state, country, and the world will be increasingly
obvious in our children's lifetimes. The scientists are convinced that
enough is known about global warming to warrant bold action to prevent the
worst consequences of a warming climate.

"Businesses across the country have demonstrated that reducing carbon
emissions will not threaten economic growth," said Michael Marvin, president
of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. "In fact, clean energy
technologies could substantially slow climate change while cleaning the air
and creating more jobs."

The event was organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists in cooperation
with the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Environmental Law & Policy
Center, Midwest Global Warming Leadership Council, and the National
Religious Partnership for the Environment.

The scientist signers are all masters- or Ph.D.-level scientists in the
physical, life, medical, or social sciences whose research, teaching,
resource management, or policy roles are related to the science, impacts, or
mitigation of the climate issue.

The breakdown of scientist signers per state:

FL 131 IL 65 IN 41 IA 45 LA 54 MD 89 ME 59 MI 85 NH 50 NM 30 OH 88 WA 80

CONTACT:          Sharon Pickett, 301-365-9307 or Paul Fain, 202-223-6133,
                  both for the Citizens Summit on Climate Chang
Copyright (C) 2001, U.S. Newswire


SUBJECT CODE:     ENVIRONMENT
                   POLICY

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16) Annan urge al G-8 accion sobre el SIDA, la pobreza y el Ambiente
(Annan Urges G-8 Action on AIDS, Poverty, Environment)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 6:07 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- U.N. Secretary-General
Kofi Annan urged the "Group of Eight" (G-8) leaders to make good on the
pledges they made during last year's United Nations Millennium Summit to
fight AIDS, tackle poverty and preserve the natural environment.

Prior to the annual summit meeting of the G-8 countries in Genoa, Italy,
Annan recalled in his letter, which was released here, that the group had
pledged in its last summit to reverse the spread of AIDS and halve the
proportion of people living in poverty by 2015, while sparing no effort in
protecting the environment.

With HIV/AIDS taking on "terrifying proportions" in recent years, the U.N.
chief expressed hope that the G-8 leaders would take the lead as donors
during the General Assembly's special session on AIDS.

Annan hopes the leaders will make a sustained material contribution to the
campaign for global health, in part through the proposed Global AIDS and
Health Fund, envisaged as a mechanism for raising an estimated 7 to 10
billion U.S. dollars needed annually to provide prevention and care in low
and middle-income countries.

"HIV/AIDS affects both rich and poor, but the poor are much more vulnerable
to infection, and much less equipped to cope with the disease once
infected," the Secretary-General noted.

Concerning the environment, Annan strongly urged the G-8 leaders to give the
issue priority, and to give close personal attention to preparations for
next year's World Summit for Sustainable Development.

The G-8 comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States,
the United Kingdom and Russia.
Copyright 2001 XINHUA NEWS AGENCY
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17) El Ejercito de EE.UU. del futuro podria rodar con combustibles
alternativos, fotosintesis.
(Future U.S. Army Could Run on Alternative Fuels, Photosynthesis)

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 10:39 PM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Jun 25, 2001 (ASCRIBE NEWS via COMTEX) -- Getting fuel
to soldiers in the field has been a problem since machines replaced horses.

But according to a new report, by 2025 soldiers could make fuel and
electricity where they are, instead of relying on long supply chains to
transport energy to them.

"Opportunities in Biotechnology for Future Army Applications," a report
released June 20 by the National Research Council's Board on Army Science
and Technology, says future U.S. Army operations in the field could rely on
alternative fuels and biological methods to produce electricity through
photosynthesis.

The report was prepared by a 16-member committee of university and industry
scientists. Purdue University's Michael Ladisch, distinguished professor of
agricultural and biological engineering and distinguished professor of
biomedical engineering, chaired the NRC committee.

One of the most well-known examples of a military energy crisis occurred
near the end of World War II. As U.S. Gen. George Patton raced through
France, he quickly outran his supply lines and the ability to refuel his
trucks and tanks.

On Aug. 28, 1944, Patton declared, "At the present time our chief difficulty
is not the Germans, but gasoline. If they would give me enough gas, I could
go all the way to Berlin!"

Three days later, despite the efforts of the famed Red Ball Express, a
convoy of trucks hurrying fuel to Patton's army, he and his men were
stranded dry. The chance to sweep through France into Germany soon passed.

Robert Love, study director for the National Research Council, says such
situations could be avoided in the future by employing alternative fuels
made from natural and renewable resources.

"The real issues for the Army are the ability to simplify logistics
requirements, to remain flexible with battlefield fuels, and to capitalize
on alternative fuels, such as methane, instead of restricting ourselves to
fossil fuels," he says. "With fossil fuels, logistics can become difficult
because you have to have this long supply chain."

Although using non-petroleum sources of energy would have obvious
environmental and social benefits, Love says this didn't factor into the
committee's considerations.

"Obviously there are always spin-offs of military innovation, but the
committee was concerned with what would improve the operations of the Army."

Scientists are already working on making fuel from waste plant materials
such as cellulose and hemicellulose. Grasses, surplus grains, spoiled food,
food wrappers, paper or even cotton cloth could be converted into fuel using
this method.

"In theory, these materials could be produced in the field (if the theater
of operation were in a temperate zone) and used as fuels," the report
states.

"The Army needs to be investigating surrogate fuels, such as ethanol and
biodiesel, and make sure their engines can run on a variety of fuels,"
Ladisch says. "Actually, I think this can be done with a minimal amount of
modification. They're in pretty good shape in this area."

Another energy need for modern soldiers in the field is electricity, and
batteries are bulky and very heavy. Biological systems may provide a
solution, the NRC committee suggests.

"Right now the Army is dependent on batteries, and they can't take seriously
other energy sources such as solar power," Love says. "One of the things the
report investigated was photovoltaic energy, and how bioelectronics might
make it possible to increase the efficiency of converting sunlight to usable
energy. If you put this together with fuel-cell storage techniques, this
would have a large impact on how the military operates, especially for small
unit operations."

The NRC recommends that the Army investigate how plants convert photons to
energy because plants are so good at grabbing energy from the natural
environment. Millions of years of natural selection has optimized plants to
the particular wavelengths of sunlight, and because of this, plants convert
98 percent of the sunlight they receive into energy.

Conversely, current solar energy systems are only 10 percent to 15 percent
efficient.

Using plants to produce electricity is an area of research known as
biological photovoltaics. The NRC report suggests that coupling the
light-harvesting capabilities of plants with protein-based devices could
lead to solar energy systems capable of converting solar energy at 40
percent to 50 percent efficiency.

The report's authors also envision protein-based photovoltaic coatings on
the Kelvar military helmets that could produce enough energy for the
soldier's electronics. Other equipment and vehicles could also be covered
with these protein-based solar converters.

A side benefit of such technology, the report notes, is that the protein
coatings would make whatever they coat more difficult to detect by
electronic means since they would mimic the natural environment.

The NRC report was supported by the U.S. Army. The National Research Council
provides information to the government, the public, and the scientific and
engineering communities on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences, the
National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine.

Copies of the NRC report are available from the National Academy Press for
$27.75 (prepaid) plus shipping charges of $4.50 for the first copy and 95
cents for each additional copy; call 202-334-3313 or 800-624-6242, or order
on the Internet at http://www.nap.edu.

((AScribe - The Public Interest Newswire / http://www.ascribe.org))
(C)1999-2001 Ascribe News - http://www.ascribe.org
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18) Helsinki: Comisionado anuncia resolucion anti-tortura en el "Dia
Internacional en Apoyo a las Victimas de la Tortura"
(Helsinki Commissioner Announces Anti-Torture Resolution on `International
Day in Support of Victims of Torture')

Story Filed: Monday, June 25, 2001 12:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON, Jun 25, 2001 (U.S. Newswire via COMTEX) -- United States
Helsinki Commission Co-Chairman Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) will
introduce a resolution at the July meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary
Assembly seeking to ban the use of incommunicado detention, which denies
detainees contact with the outside world.

In addition, the resolution calls on participating States to exclude
evidence obtained through the use of torture, or other forms of cruel,
inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in courts of law or legal
proceedings.

"On July 6-10, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will meet in Paris for its
annual meeting. I am introducing a proposal on the prevention of torture
that calls for a complete ban, in law and in practice, on incommunicado
detention. In too many instances, this practice continues to foster an
environment in which torture or other forms of abuse can and do occur. This
practice must be ended and the OSCE participating States should commit to
this in unequivocal terms."

June 26 is the United Nations' International Day in Support of Victims of
Torture.

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly consists of legislators from the 55 OSCE
participating States. It meets each July and debates and adopts, by majority
vote, a declaration addressing all three areas of OSCE activity
(military-security, the economic and environmental dimension, and human
rights).

"Unfortunately, widespread torture remains a serious problem in several OSCE
countries. In Turkmenistan, Baptist Minister Shagildy Atakov is being held
prisoner and tortured because of his faith. In Uzbekistan, Mamadali
Makhmudov, a renowned writer, has been tortured before and after his
sentencing to 14 years in prison and opposition activist Elena Urlaeva has
been incarcerated in a psychiatric institution, recalling the worst of
Soviet-era practices.

"In Turkey, as recently as a few weeks ago, women who had been tortured and
came forth publicly to denounce these practices and call for reform detained
and tortured again for speaking out and criticizing the state. Ironically,
those who seek to assist victims of torture in Turkey have in a number of
instances become victims of torture themselves. The resolution I have
prepared speaks not only to these egregious examples, but many other cases
in the region."

The resolution also:

-- condemns the practice of racial or ethnic profiling by police and other
law enforcement agencies;

-- calls on participating States to encourage the development of treatment
centers for victims of torture; and

-- calls on participating States to protect medical personnel for their role
in documenting torture and treating torture victims.

In 1998, Chairman Smith sponsored the Torture Victims Relief Act. For fiscal
year 2000, Congress authorized and appropriated the following funds:

-- $7.5 million for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to
assist treatment programs in the United States;

-- $7.5 million for the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) to
support foreign treatment centers; and

-- $3 million as a contribution to the U. N. Voluntary Fund for Victims of
Torture.

The United States Helsinki Commission by law monitors and encourages
progress in implementing provisions of the Helsinki Accords. The Commission,
created in 1976, is composed of nine Senators, nine Representatives and one
official each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.

CONTACT:          Ben Anderson of the Commission on Security and
                  Cooperation in Europe, 202-225-1901
                  Website:
www.csce.go
Copyright (C) 2001, U.S. Newswire


SUBJECT CODE:     CIVIL RIGHTS
                   GOVERNMENT
                   POLICY

Copyright © 2001, U.S. Newswire, all rights reserved.



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**traducciones resumidas sin fines de lucro
y sin fines de ningun interes personal**
"todo se hace improvisando con muy escasos recursos"

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empleado en hacer este resumen:
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a la medianoche-

#debemos recordar que toda noticia podria estar
tergiversada, errada, manipulada, mal interpretada,
y en el peor de los casos ser 'greenwashing',
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