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Fecha:Martes, 3 de Julio, 2001  23:21:40 (-0400)
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1) Acereros mejicanos gastaron 1 mil millones de dolares en proteccion
ambiental
Las compañias del acero majicanas en los ultimos 10 años como un todo han
invertido mas de 5 miles de millones de dolares en la modernizacion y para
aumentar la competitividad internacional. dijo Lorenzao Gonzalez Merla, jefe
del comite de seguridad de la Camara Nacional de Hierro y Acero (Cenacero).
Gonzalez dijo que 23 porciento del total, o cerca de 1 mil millones de
dolares, se han gastado en asuntos relacionados a la proteccion ambiental.



2) Canada: Conferencia de planificadores nacionales abordara el crecimiento
urbano y temas sociales y ambientales.
Como 600 expertos en planificacion se reuniran en el Centro de Congresos de
Ottawa, de Julio 8 a Julio 11, 2001, para discutir temas relacionados con el
crecimiento de las comunidades canadienses y la infraestructura, asi como
tacticas para proteger nuestros espacios y recursos naturales.



3) Brasil: malas administraciones ambientales embarazan a las corporaciones
La contaminacion confirmada del suelo con residuos de organochlorate esta
persiguiendo la vida de compañias en Brasil que ahora tienen que enfrentar
la mala administracion ambiental del pasado. Rhodia, por ejemplo, ha gastado
US$ 20 millones en limpiar un area de Cubato, estado de Sao Paulo. Shell
tiene un mal caso de contaminacion en Paulina, Sao Paulo, y contrato las
copañias consultoras Haskoning y Geoklock para encontrar el origen de los
residuos. Recientemente el incinerador de Bayer en su complejo de Belford
Roxo, estado de Rio de Janeiro, esta siendo acusado de daño ambiental.


4) Insecticida no-toxico prueba matar mosquitos letales: Ayuda a combatir la
fiebre del Nilo del oeste.
CVF Technologies Corporation anuncio hoy que un nuevo compuesto organico
simple ha venido desarrollandose de manera que es seguro y no-toxico a la
vida humana, animal y de las plantas, y sin embargo probado como 100 por
ciento efectivo en ayudar a eliminar mosquitos adultos y otros insectos que
podrian acarrear enfermedades mrotales como la malaria y el virus del Nilo
del oeste.



5) CHINA: Cientos de compañias reciben certificados verdes.
Se le ha otorgado a mas de 700 empresas y organizaciones en China la
certificacion ISO 14000, la normativa internacional de administracion
ambiental.



6) Japon tiene que jugar un papel pivote en las conversaciones del pacto de
Kyoto.
Japon tiene que jugar un papel pivote cuando los esfuerzos persisten
alrededor del mundo para mantener vivo el tratado de calentamiento golbal de
Kyoto, una posicion basada tanto en sentimiento como en hechos reales.
Hasta el ultimo minuto Japon debe hacer todos los esfuerzos para persuadir a
Washington -sin revisiones. Entonces, y solo entonces, deberia ponerse del
lado de la Union Europea y continuar adelante sin EE.UU.



7) EL gobierno de Ontario se declara a si mismo listo para tratar con el
futuro de la agricultura .



8) Bush encara retos en medio de la declinacion de los ratings de
aprobacion.
EL presidente de los EE.UU. George Bush, quien esta en su sexto mes en la
presidencia, esta encarando mas retos en medio de una aguda declinacion de
sus ratings de aprobacion e incoveniente en el Congreso.
Encuestas mostraron  que muchos americanos estan preocupados por las
politicas de energia y ambientales de Bush. Una mayoria de aquellos
entrevistados dijeron que Bush favorece a las petroleras a la expensa del
ambiente y que ellos quieren mayor enfasis en la proteccion ambiental y
conservacion de energia que lo que ellos creen favorece Bush.



9) EE.UU.: Productos de madera tendran etiqueta de arsenico.
Etiquetas para advertir a los consumidores apareceran este otoño en casi
toda la madera tratada en los EE.UU., advirtiendo acerca del preservativo de
arsenico usado para proteger la madera de la descompocision y del daño de
los insectos.



10) EE.UU.: Ordenado estudio de impacto sobre la Isla Padre.
Un oficial de Texas ha ordenado un estudio de impacto ambiental de las
propuestas para dejar a la marina usar la Isla Padre como campo de bombardeo
en vez de la Isla Vieques en Puerto Rico.



11) EE.UU.: Publicado texto del acuerdo de libre comercio.
Un borrador del texto de las negociaciones para un acuerdo para crear una
zona de libre comercio de todo el hemisferio fue publicado el Martes,
trayendo elogios desde la administracion de Bush y criticas de los oponentes
al pacto.



12) EE.UU. - VIETNAM, estudiaran el Agente Naranja.
Oficiales vietnamitas y de EE.UU. han acordado por primera vez trabajar
juntos para estudiar los posibles efectos del Agente Naranja, un quimico
para deforestar poderoso usado por los militares de EE.UU. durante la guerra
de vietnam, dijo el embajador de EE.UU. el martes.
Las expocisiones al Agente Naranja han sido asociadas al cancer, defectos de
nacimiento y abortos, a pesar que un vinculo directo con estos problemas de
salud permanece sin pruebas.
Los EE.UU. rociaron millones de litros del herbicida durante la guerra para
destruir la cubierta de jungla que protegia las tropas enemigas.



13) Exploradores estudiaran Camellos salvajes en el desierto mas grande del
mundo.
Dos exploradores chinos se uniran a una expedicion que caminara atraves del
desierto del Sahara para promover la conciencia acerca de los camellos
amenzados.



14) El gobierno de Ciudad de Mejico se opone al sitio para el aeropuerto
Texcoco.
Planificacion urbana y ambiental dueron la base de su oposicion.







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1) Acereros mejicanos gastaron 1 mil millones de dolares en proteccion
ambiental
Mexican Steelmakers Spend 1 Billion Dollars On Environmental Protection

Story Filed: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 8:04 PM EST

MEXICO CITY, Jul 3, 2001 (El Universal/Corporate Mexico by Internet
Securities, Inc. via COMTEX) -- Mexican steel companies over the past 10
years as a whole have invested more than 5 billion dollars in modernization
and to boost their international competitiveness, said Lorenzo Gonzalez
Merla, chairman of the National Iron and Steel Chamber (Canacero)'s
Environment and Safety Committee. Gonzalez said 23 percent of the total, or
around 1 billion dollars, had been spent on matters related to environmental
protection, Mexico City daily El Universal reported. Gonzalez said annual
steel production volume in Mexico topped 16 million metric tons last year,
having been at 8 million metric tons in 1991. Eighty percent of all Mexican
steel companies have earned "clean company" certification from the federal
government, he said.

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2) Canada: Conferencia de planificadores nacionales abordara el crecimiento
urbano y temas sociales y ambientales.
(National Planners Conference to Address Urban Growth, Environmental and
Social Issues)

Story Filed: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 6:00 AM EST

OTTAWA, Jul 03, 2001 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Some 600 planning
experts will gather at the Ottawa Congress Centre, from July 8 to 11, 2001,
to discuss issues relating to the growth of Canadian communities and
infrastructure, as well as tactics for protecting our natural spaces and
resources.

The conference, "2001: A Spatial Odyssey", jointly sponsored by the Canadian
Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute
(OPPI), is shaping up as one of the largest national meetings of planning
experts ever held in Canada. More than 50 sessions, including numerous
training workshops, will focus on a wide range of topics, including:
sustainability, smart growth, urban sprawl, social housing and homelessness,
climate change, development of high-technology centers, and
multiculturalism.

"Planning is enjoying a renaissance that is largely due to growing public
awareness of the need to achieve sustainability," said CIP President Mark
Seasons, Ph.D., MCIP, RPP. "As the population grows, we face more and more
questions about how to provide healthy, sustainable and livable communities,
while protecting and preserving the environment, natural habitats, and
resources. And, increasingly, the role that proper planning can play in
achieving this goal is becoming more apparent."

"Planning, as a profession, is deeply rooted in the principles of
sustainability, and its practitioners are uniquely positioned amidst all
levels of government, developers and industry, academia, and the public,"
said OPPI President Dennis Jacobs, MCIP, RPP. "The knowledge shared at this
conference will benefit all of these stakeholders and will transcend
municipal, provincial, national, and international boundaries."

Highlighting the conference will be a keynote presentation, on July 9, by
British urban planning expert Sir Peter Hall. Widely regarded as one of the
world's foremost planning authorities, he won great acclaim for his most
recent book, Cities in Civilization.

On July 10, former Canadian Ambassador to the United States, Allan Gotlieb,
will address the assembly. Named a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1987,
Mr. Gotlieb is the author of several books on international law and
diplomacy, and is co-chair of the board and honorary publisher of Saturday
Night Magazine Ltd.

The planning profession is part of a growing multi-million dollar service
sector in Canada's economy that includes engineers, architects, landscape
architects, and surveyors, among others. The CIP/OPPI conference is expected
to attract more than 600 professional planners and municipal decision-makers
from across Canada, including municipal managers, land use planners, land
developers, urban designers, natural resource managers, academics, planning
students, plus a number of overseas delegates.

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is the national professional
institute and certification body for some 5,000 professional planners across
Canada, as well as U.S. and international members. In addition to setting
training, certification, and best practices standards for the planning
profession in Canada, CIP offers many other membership benefits and
services.

Admission to CIP is governed by seven provincial and regional affiliates
that handle membership, a wide range of services at the grassroots level.
This year's conference is a joint venture with CIP's largest affiliate, the
Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), which represents Ontario's
professional planning community - some 2,900 planners, or about 55 per cent
of CIP's membership. OPPI provides leadership and vision on key issues of
policy related to planning, development and other important socio-economic
issues.

CONTACT:          For further information: Kimberly McCarthy-Kearney,
Program Coordinator,
                  Communications, Canadian Institute of Planners, Phone:
(613) 237-7526
News release via Canada NewsWire, Ottawa 613-563-4465

Copyright (C) 2001 CNW, All rights reserved
KEYWORD: OTTAWA
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3) Brasil: malas administraciones ambientales embarazan a las corporaciones
(Brazil: Environmental mismanagement hinder corporations)

Story Filed: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 8:46 AM EST

Brazil, Jul 2, 2001 (Gazeta Mercantil/SABI via COMTEX) -- Confirmed soil
contamination by organochlorated residues is haunting the life of companies
in Brazil that now have to tackle environmental mismanagement of the past.
Rhodia, for instance, has spent US$20mil to clean an area in Cubatao, São
Paulo state. Shell has a bad case of contamination in Paulinia, São Paulo,
and hired the consulting companies Haskoning and Geoklock to trace the
residues origin. Recently the incinerator of Bayer at its complex in Belford
Roxo, Rio de Janeiro state, is being charged of environmental damage.

Copyright (c) 2001, South American Business Information, All rights
reserved.
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Chemicals & Allied Products
EVENT: Environmental Management
Copyright © 2001, SABI, all rights reserved.




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4) Insecticida no-toxico prueba matar mosquitos letales: Ayuda a combatir la
fiebre del Nilo del oeste.
Non-Toxic Insecticide Proven to Kill Deadly Mosquitoes: Helps Combat West
Nile Fever

Story Filed: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 8:30 AM EST

LEWISTON, N.Y., Jul 3, 2001 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- CVF Technologies
Corporation today announced a simple new organic compound has been developed
that is safe and non-toxic to human, animal and plant life yet tested as 100
percent effective in helping eliminate adult mosquitoes and other insects
that may carry deadly diseases such as malaria and West Nile virus.

Nature's Glory(TM) All-Purpose Insecticide (patent pending), which kills
mosquitoes by dehydration rather than toxic poisoning, is being introduced
and marketed by CVF Technologies Corporation of Lewiston, New York (Amex:
CNV). Malaria alone infects up to 500 million and kills two million or more
people each year, including one child every 30 seconds, according to World
Health Organization (WHO) estimates (see Smithsonian, September 2000, p.35).

Nature's Glory(TM) All-Purpose Insecticide is composed of less than 5.5%
food-grade organic acids -- acetic acid found in vinegar and citric acid
found in lemon juice -- and a surfactant (additives derived from soap)
diluted in a 94.5% water solution for spraying and is fully bio-degradable
within a few days of application.

All of the ingredients in Nature's Glory(TM) All-Purpose Insecticide are
classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under its
approved GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) listing -- thus the only known
insecticide exempt from federal registration as a hazardous chemical, as
well as requiring no special training or handling to be applied.

"This unique method simply and radically changes the way we can help
eradicate mosquitoes and the diseases they carry without otherwise harming
people and the environment," states Jeffrey Dreben, President and CEO of CVF
Technologies Corporation. "Just as effective as any other insecticides, but
without causing health or environmental hazards -- we believe this discovery
could contribute to the saving of millions of lives and the environment,
both at the same time," Dreben concludes.

The effects of this new compound in killing mosquitoes were reportedly first
noticed by Margaret Lojek the daughter of Canadian scientist and inventor
John Lojek, Vice President of the company's Horticultural and Agricultural
Subsidiary.

Nature's Glory(TM) All-Purpose Insecticide will be available and marketed to
governments, municipalities, school systems, health care facilities, etc.
for insect abatement and disease prevention, as well as to consumers for
everyday backyard and picnic pest control. Retail distribution is expected
to be available in the United States later this year through retail chains.

CVF's Horticultural and Agricultural Subsidiary develops and markets
Nature's Glory(TM) family of products including 100 percent natural and
environmentally safe fertilizers, a patented non-toxic organic herbicide, a
patent-pending non-toxic organic insecticide and a patented tree recovery
system to customers ranging from major retail chains such as Home Depot,
True Value/True Serv, Home Hardware and National Grocers (Loblaw's stores,
Canada's largest grocery chain to municipalities, landscapers and golf
courses). The market opportunity that Nature's Glory(TM) product line
addresses is the growing environmental and personal health issues concerning
chemicals with products that are equally efficacious and at the same time
price competitive.

Certain statements in this news release constitute "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform
act of 1995 (the "Reform Act"). Such forward-looking statements involve
unknown and uncertain risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause
the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry
results, to be materially different from any future results, performance, or
achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Given
these uncertainties, prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue
reliance on such forward-looking statements.
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5) CHINA: Cientos de compañias reciben certificados verdes.
(Hundreds of Firms Receive Green Certificates)

Story Filed: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 8:39 AM EST

BEIJING, Jul 03, 2001 (AsiaPort via COMTEX) -- More than 700 enterprises and
organizations in China have been granted ISO14000 certification, the
international standard for environmental management.

So reported Zhao Yingmin, secretary general of the China Steering Committee
for Environmental Management System Certification, at the committee's third
plenary session held recently in Beijing.

ISO14000 was set up by the International Organization for Standardization in
1996 and it can help enterprises and organizations to set up and improve
their environmental management systems, including the economical use of
energy.

To date 20 environmental management system certification bodies in China
have been accredited by the government and currently there are more than
2,700 environmental management system auditors in the country.

The international standard ISO14000 is now becoming more and more popular in
China and the country is encouraging enterprises and organizations to adopt
ISO14000, Zhao said.

For example, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation calls
on small and medium-sized enterprises to apply for ISO14000 certification.
The National Tourism Administration has adopted ISO14000 certification as
one of the criteria for classifying tourism cities.

The country has set up several national ISO14000 demonstration zones,
including the Suzhou New District in East China's Jiangsu Province and the
Dalian Economic and Technological Development Zone in Northeast China's
Liaoning Province.

The efforts in promoting ISO14000 in China have helped upgrade the
efficiency of Chinese enterprises and organizations in their environmental
management and improve the environment in the country, said the official.

Statistics from 15 certificated enterprises show that the adoption of
ISO14000 can cut company costs by as much as 500 million yuan (US$60
million) per year on average, according to Chen Yanping, secretary general
of the China Accreditation Committee for Environmental Management System
Certification Bodies.

However, there remain some problems for the promotion of ISO14000, Zhao
said. For example, the country has not yet established a concrete policy so
as to benefit enterprises and organizations that have ISO14000
certification.

But the Chinese Government has nonetheless been attaching great importance
to the promotion of ISO14000 in the country.

In May 1997, the State Council approved the establishment of a China
Steering Committee for Environmental Management System Certification to
manage the promotion of ISO14000 in the country.

From China Environmental News, Page 5, Friday, June 29, 2001
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KEYWORD:           BEIJING
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Marketing
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6) Japon tiene que jugar un papel pivote en las conversaciones del pacto de
Kyoto.
(Japan Has Pivotal Role to Play in Kyoto Pact Talks)

Story Filed: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 5:04 AM EST

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has a pivotal role to play as efforts persist around
the world to keep alive the Kyoto global warming treaty, a position based as
much on sentiment as cold facts.

For Japan was the site of the crucial -- and contentious -- 1997 conference
that resulted in the drawing up of the world's first treaty to reduce
greenhouse gases and ameliorate a warming of the planet that could lead to
disaster.

But nearly four years later the treaty has been put in danger by President
Bush's decision to dump it -- and Japan may hold the key to its salvation.

``There's no question that Japan believes it has a special responsibility
toward the Kyoto treaty because it was drawn up here,'' an Environment
Ministry official said. ``A majority of Japanese believe that, and I
strongly believe it too.''

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, currently in Europe on the last
leg of a three-nation visit that began in the United States, will seek a way
to bring Washington back into the treaty, a Japanese official said.

But that does not mean Tokyo supports the U.S. decision to abandon it, he
said.

Koizumi met British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday and said afterwards
the two leaders had agreed to find a way to try to bring back the United
States into the Kyoto treaty.

The European Union (EU) has been at odds with Washington over the pact,
which calls for industrialized countries to trim output of carbon dioxide by
an average of 5.2 percent from 1990 levels by 2012, and a U.S.-EU summit
last month failed to bridge the gap.

``Japan has been given the important and unusual opportunity to take a
central role in a global issue,'' said Tsuneyuki Morita, a director at the
National Institute for Environmental Studies. ''This will be quite good for
it in a political sense for the future.''


NUMBERS GAME

Koizumi said in a television interview on Monday that it was still
``theoretically possible'' for the EU and Japan to go ahead and ratify the
Kyoto Protocol, leaving out the United States -- though he questioned how
effective the treaty would be.

In simple numbers, too, Japan may hold the key.

For the pact to take effect legally, it must be ratified by 55 states
representing 55 percent of total man-made output of carbon dioxide.

If Japan, Russia, the European Union (EU), and a number of Eastern European
nations joined hands, they would make up the needed 55 percent even without
Washington -- even though the United States is the world's largest producer
of greenhouse gases.

The EU nations produce some 24.4 percent, Russia 17.4 and Japan 8.5 percent.

Many EU member nations have said they will move forward without the United
States and have been trying to persuade Japan to follow suit. An EU mission
is set to visit Japan next week to try again.

``It's all a question of numbers,'' said Yurika Ayukawa at the World Wide
Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan. ``The EU is generally in favor and Russia seems
amenable to their persuasion.''

``We need the EU, Japan and Russia. If Japan doesn't join in, the Kyoto pact
is dead.''


JAPAN STANCE SOURCE OF CONCERN

This said, Japan's current stance is a source of concern for
environmentalists, who worry about suggestions that Japan may propose treaty
revisions to lure Washington back.

Japanese officials have hinted that Tokyo has some ideas up its sleeves, but
have declined to give details.

Koizumi, who met Bush on Saturday, agreed with the U.S. leader to have their
environment ministers discuss the issue before talks on the pact are held in
Germany later this month.

Among the revisions Japan might propose is a change in the base year against
which reductions are gauged to 2000 from 1990, and a cut in the U.S. target
for reducing its emissions from the seven percent to which it was originally
committed, Kyodo news agency reported on Monday.

Ayukawa at WWF Japan said such talk was worrying.

``If you change the contents of the treaty to suit one country, what's to
stop other countries from demanding more favorable conditions for
themselves?'' she said.

Morita, at the National Institute for Environmental Studies, agreed that
revisions should be avoided but warned that enacting the pact without
Washington could risk hurting Japan's economic competitiveness against the
United States.

``Until the last minute, Japan should make every effort to persuade
Washington -- without revisions. Then, and only then, it should side with
the EU and move ahead without America.''

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7) EL gobierno de Ontario se declara a si mismo listo para tratar con el
futuro de la agricultura .
(Ontario Govt Declares Itself Ready To Deal With Farming Future)

Story Filed: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 5:30 PM EST

WINNIPEG, MB, Jul 03, 2001 (Resource News International via COMTEX) --
Ontario is well-positioned to deal with the changing face of farming in
Canada, the province's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Brian
Coburn affirmed today in a prepared statement. This follows the the federal,
provincial and territorial agriculture ministers meeting, held June 27 to
29, 2001 in Whitehorse, Yukon.

"Canada's agricultural industry, farmers and rural communities deserve
strong leadership from their governments -- leadership that seizes
opportunities and takes action beyond the traditional, ad hoc solutions,"
said Coburn. "I'm very pleased that Ontario is already well on its way to
dealing with the real issues -- such as ensuring that our food is produced
to the highest environmental and food safety standards."

Coburn pointed out that Ontario is working on several of the steps in the
newly-released Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers of Agriculture
"Agreement in Principle on an Action Plan for an Agricultural Policy
Framework." He emphasized the importance of the emerging life sciences,
which focus on the development of new and alternative products and services
from renewable biological materials. Life sciences hold great potential for
business expansion and job creation in rural areas; and for safeguarding
food quality and the environment.

"We're especially proud that we've recently introduced two forward-looking
pieces of legislation to meet the considerable demands of the marketplace
and the public in regards to food production," Coburn said. "With the help
and support of a wide variety of stakeholders, we're on our way to an
agri-food industry that's designed for the 21st century and beyond."

On June 13, 2001, Coburn introduced Bill 81, the proposed Nutrient
Management Act, 2001. If passed, the Act would set clear, consistent
standards for nutrient management on farms and protect the environment.
Clear requirements -- and the best practices many farmers already use --
will ensure sustainable growth, safeguard the environment and make rural
Ontario attractive to economic investment.

On June 25, 2001, Coburn introduced the proposed Food Safety and Quality
Act, 2001 to enhance protection of the public through consistent, high
standards for food grown and processed in the province. In his statement,
Coburn emphasized that developments in science and technology mean
improvements can be made in food safety by identifying potential hazards and
minimizing risks. If passed, this legislation would allow the use of this
new information to ensure safety.

Both bills were developed after extensive consultations with a wide range of
stakeholders, including farmers, commodity groups, food processors, general
farm organizations, government ministries and consumer organizations.

"We're proud of our strong commitment to the future, and I'm pleased to see
that my colleagues in the federal, provincial and territorial governments
are as committed as I am to working together for the benefit of the entire
country," Coburn said.

Resource News International
Copyright 2001 Resource News International
KEYWORD: WINNIPEG, MB
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8) Bush encara retos en medio de la declinacion de los ratings de
aprobacion.
(Bush Faces Challenges Amid Decline of Approval Rating (I)

Story Filed: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 3:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON, Jul 3, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- U.S. President George W.
Bush, who is in his sixth month in office, is facing more challenges amid a
sharp decline of his approval rating and stinging setbacks in Congress.

According to four new polls released in recent weeks, Bush's job approval
rating has slipped 6 to 8 percentage points to around 53 percent since the
spring. The latest NBC-Wall Street Journal poll put Bush's approval at 50
percent, the lowest mark for a president for five years in that poll.

Surveys by the Washington Post, ABC News, CBS News and the New York Times,
and the Pew Research Center also have recorded declines in his approval
rating during that period.

The polls found that a majority of Americans think Bush pays no attention to
matters they care most about and there is a substantial gap between his
stand and theirs on many issues, including the patients' bill of rights,
education, energy, the environment, raising the minimum wage, prescription
drugs and judicial appointments.

Bush is increasingly perceived as both the servant and captive of moneyed
interests. According to the CBS News - New York Times poll, 57 percent said
Bush administration's policies favored the rich, only 8 percent said they
favored the middle class, only 2 percent said the poor.

Polls showed that many Americans are troubled by Bush's environmental and
energy policies. A majority of those surveyed said that Bush favors oil
companies at the expense of the environment and that they want greater
emphasis on environmental protection and energy conservation than they
believe Bush favors.

Even Bush's biggest legislative achievement -- a 1.35 trillion dollars,
10-year tax cut -- is shadowed by some doubt. Two-thirds of those polled in
a recent survey said the money would have been better spent on other
programs.

The verdict on Bush's handling of social issues and domestic policy
undoubtedly frustrated a president who began his campaign with a slogan of
"compassionate conservatism" and by promising to "reconnect" his party to
the disadvantaged and who often stressed his kinship with "those that
struggle to get into the middle class."

Bush's failure to ease the partisan divisions in the country frustrated
administration efforts to enlarge his fragile political base and prompted
advisers to look for ways to redefine his presidency.

The biggest setback for Bush is the departure of Senator James Jeffords from
the Republican Party, which handed control of the Senate to Democrats and
sidelined Bush's agenda in Congress. (more)

03/07/2001 07:55 GMT NNN
By Hu Xiaoming
Copyright 2001 XINHUA NEWS AGENCY
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9) EE.UU.: Productos de madera tendran etiqueta de arsenico.
(Wood Products to Get Arsenic Label)

Story Filed: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer warning labels will start appearing this fall on
nearly all the treated lumber in the United States, warning about an
arsenic-laced preservative being used to protect the wood from decay and
insect damage.

The labels are part of an Environmental Protection Agency program announced
Tuesday that is designed to let people know about the presence of chromated
copper arsenate (CCA), a powerful pesticide used in the lumber. By early
fall, EPA-required labeling is to be included on all pieces of CCA-treated
lumber.

In addition, there will be stickers and signs for all in-store displays and
a new toll-free hotline and Web site.

``Now consumers will understand that this treated wood contains arsenic,''
said Stephen Johnson, the EPA's director of the Office of Prevention,
Pesticides, and Toxic Substances.

Also Tuesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission took a first step
toward possibly banning CCA-treated wood from playground equipment. It also
is commonly used in the making of decks, railings, picnic tables, fences,
posts and docks.

The commission voted 3-0 to ask for public comment on two groups' petition
to ban the product. After additional research, the commission could decide
whether to start the process to ban CCA-treated wood from playgrounds,
commission spokesman Scott Wolfson said.

Arsenic, a substance that is both manufactured and naturally occurring, has
been discussed recently in wrangling over how much to limit it in drinking
water. The EPA is proposing to set a new limit after the Bush administration
rescinded former President Clinton's standard.

In the case of CCA-treated wood, EPA decided that consumers were not being
adequately informed and in May asked for opinions from the public and the
wood preservative industry on ways to increase consumer awareness.

In late October, the agency also plans to hold a public meeting of one of
its science advisory panels to better calculate children's potential
exposure in playgrounds.

Next year, the EPA expects to release a comprehensive review of CCA-treated
wood that could lead to more regulatory changes. That review will include an
evaluation of how well the new consumer information programs are working.

Critics say millions of American consumers might think CCA-treated wood is
safe just because it remains on store shelves.

``In some respects, labeling is a way to avoid the real regulatory action
that needs to be taken here, which is to ban arsenic in lumber,'' said
Richard Wiles of the Environmental Working Group. ``It looks like this EPA
is more interested in defending arsenic than the public from arsenic.''

The commission vote came after a May petition from Wiles' group and the
Healthy Building Network asking for a ban on CCA-treated wood being used in
playground equipment and for a study on whether it is safe for other
consumer uses.

Mel Pine, a spokesman for the American Wood Preservers Institute, said his
group considers CCA-treated wood to be ``safe to use as directed, as with so
many things.''

In 1986, the EPA banned most inorganic arsenic pesticides but allowed the
use of CCA to continue in pressure-treated wood as a ``restricted use''
pesticide. Manufacturers agreed to voluntarily distribute consumer ``fact
sheets'' about its use.

Switzerland, Vietnam and Indonesia have banned CCA-treated wood. Japan,
Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Australia and New Zealand have either limited its
use or proposed restrictions.

On the Net:
EPA: www.epa.gov/pesticides
Environmental Working Group: http://www.ewg.org
Healthy Building Network: http://www.healthybuilding.net
American Wood Preservers Institute: http://www.awpi.org
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10) EE.UU.: Ordenado estudio de impacto sobre la Isla Padre.
(Padre Island Impact Study Ordered)

Story Filed: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 5:15 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A Texas official has ordered an environmental impact
study of proposals to let the Navy use Padre Island as a bombing range in
place of Puerto Rico's Vieques Island.

``Bombing Texas beaches just doesn't make sense,'' state Comptroller Carole
Keeton Rylander said Tuesday. ``I think some may think there's economic
benefits. I don't.''

Using 220,000 acres of sparsely populated Kenedy County for practice bombing
is one plan being considered as an alternative to the training now done on
Vieques. President Bush has said bombing on Vieques will end by May 2003,
but demonstrators want exercises stopped immediately.

The Navy has said it's too early to comment on the Texas plan, but Kenedy
County commissioners have already voted unanimously against the idea.

County officials cited the possibility of environmental damage, noise, the
possibility of stray bombs and disruption of oil and gas operations, from
which the county derives most of its tax revenue.

Environmentalists also call the area a critical habitat for migratory birds
and several endangered species, including the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle.

Supporters pitch the plan as a possible economic boon, including protection
for area military installations that community leaders want to protect from
closure by the federal government.

``It's easy to say `Not in my backyard,''' said Gary Bushell, a consultant
for the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce. ``That will cost American
lives.''

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11) EE.UU.: Publicado texto del acuerdo de libre comercio.
(Text for Free Trade Accord Released)

Story Filed: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 7:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A draft negotiating text for an agreement to create a
hemisphere-wide free trade zone was released Tuesday, prompting praise from
the Bush administration and criticism from opponents of the pact.

The 434-page draft of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Agreement was
posted on the Web site of the FTAA secretariat. President Bush and the
leaders of 33 other countries involved in the negotiations had pledged at a
summit in Quebec in April to make the draft document available.

In a statement, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick called release of
the negotiating text an ``unprecedented effort to make international trade
and its economic and social benefits understandable to the public.''

However, various opponents of the free trade negotiations charged that the
draft text confirmed their worst fears about the threats posed to
environmental protections and labor rights.

``Under this anti-environmental, antidemocratic trade agreement,
multinational investors will have the right to sue governments and challenge
environmental laws and regulations before secret and unaccountable
international tribunals,'' said Brent Blackwelder, president of Friends of
the Earth.

Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizens' Global Trade Watch, said that the
heavily bracketed text, indicating language still in dispute, showed how
little progress negotiators have been able to make despite seven years of
effort.

She questioned whether the full negotiating text was being released given
that the North American Free Trade Agreement, which covered the United
States, Mexico and Canada, was over 700 pages long.

``This was supposed to be a PR move aimed at calming FTAA opposition, but
the governments have obviously put out a fragment of the total agreement,
one that has been sanitized by eliminating vital information,'' she said.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, a critic of the administration's trade
policies, said he was troubled by the contents of the draft text and the
delay in releasing the document. He and 53 other Democrats in Congress had
called on the administration to make the document public in March, before
the Summit of the Americas meeting in April.

``The Bush administration has shown only minimal interest in addressing
either the impact of trade on environmental and labor standards or in
assuring a reasonable level of transparency and public participation in
trade decision-making,'' said Doggett.

Administration officials said the delay in releasing the text, which had
been expected to appear shortly after the Quebec summit in April, was due to
the need to translate the document into the four official languages of the
FTAA -- English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

The goal of negotiators is to wrap up discussion in time for the free trade
area to go into effect in 2005. But the many brackets in the agreement
language underscore how much ground negotiators have to cover to achieve
that goal.

The United States is hoping the deal will eliminate Latin America's high
tariffs on American manufactured goods. Brazil, the largest economy in South
America, is insisting that the United States reduce its farm subsidies and
antidumping rules, which keep out Brazilian products such as steel, sugar
and orange juice.

On the Net:
Free Trade Area of the Americas Agreement: http://www.ftaa-alca.org
U.S. Trade Representative: http://www.ustr.gov/
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12) EE.UU. - VIETNAM, estudiaran el Agente Naranja.
(U.S., Vietnam to Study Agent Orange)

Story Filed: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 3:20 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnamese and U.S. officials have agreed for the
first time to work together to study the possible effects of Agent Orange, a
powerful chemical defoliant used by the American military during the Vietnam
War, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday.

American and Vietnamese scientists agreed to set up a pilot study to screen
soil and sediment for dioxin, a toxic component of Agent Orange, at a
meeting this week in Hanoi. They also agreed to hold the first Vietnam-U.S.
scientific conference on Agent Orange, tentatively scheduled for April 2002
in Vietnam.

The talks were the second round of discussions on the topic. The two
governments failed to agree on a framework for joint research at an initial
meeting in Singapore last fall.

The American side included representatives from the National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences, the Environmental Protection Agency and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Vietnamese delegation
included scientists from the National Center for Natural Science and
Technology.

Agent Orange exposure has been associated with cancer, birth defects and
miscarriages, though a direct link to those health problems remain unproven.

The U.S. sprayed millions of gallons of the herbicide during the war to
destroy jungle cover for enemy troops.

A recent study by American researchers showed some Vietnamese had
``alarmingly high'' dioxin levels in their blood, more than three decades
after the U.S. military stopped spraying Agent Orange.

Vietnam's government has estimated it has about 1 million people affected by
exposure to Agent Orange among its population of 78 million. Thousands of
Americans were also exposed to Agent Orange, and blame ailments on the
defoliant.

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13) Exploradores estudiaran Camellos salvajes en el desierto mas grande del
mundo.
(Explorers to Study Wild Camels in World's Largest Desert)

Story Filed: Monday, July 02, 2001 10:26 PM EST

BEIJING, Jul 3, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Two Chinese explorers will join
an expedition walking across the Sahara Desert to promote awareness about
endangered camels.

Yuan Guoying, a researcher with the Environmental Protection Institute of
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and his son Yuan Lei, who works for the
Xinjiang Environmental Monitoring Center, will set off to cross the desert
from south to north in October, Tuesday's China Daily reported.

The 2,400-kilometer-long expedition on the former camel route will start
from Nigeria and go through Niger to the final destination of Tripoli, the
capital of Libya. The journey could take four months.

North Africa was once home to many one-humped camels centuries ago, but wild
ones become extinct five or six centuries ago. Wild camels now only live in
China and Mongolia. There are less than 900 left in the world and they are
more endangered than the giant panda, said Yuan.

Mainly sponsored by the National Geographic magazine and the United Kingdom
Royal Geographic Society, the expedition will collect first-hand materials
from the world's biggest desert and try to find out why deserts expand.

The expedition will be led by John Hare, the founder of the Wild Camel
Protection Foundation. A National Geographic magazine photographer and a
Kenya-based expert on camels will also go on the trip, according to China
Daily.

Yuan Guoying has carried out a lot of research in the Taklimakan Desert, the
second largest desert in the world after the Sahara. The father and son
intend to make a comparison between the two deserts in an effort to find out
why wild camels went extinct in Africa.

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14) El gobierno de Ciudad de Mejico se opone al sitio para el aeropuerto
Texcoco.
(Mexico City Gov't Opposes Texcoco Airport Site)

Story Filed: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 8:04 PM EST

MEXICO CITY, Jul 3, 2001 (Reforma/Corporate Mexico by Internet Securities,
Inc. via COMTEX) -- Officials responsible for urban development policy in
the government of Mexico's Federal District, a state-level geo-political
entity that houses Mexico City, on Monday said they opposed building a new
airport for the country's capital on a proposed site in Texcoco, 35
kilometers away, in the state of Estado de Mexico, according to a report in
local daily Reforma. The officials said environmental and urban planning
factors were the basis of their opposition to the Texcoco site, Reforma
business columnist Dario Celis Estrada reported. The administration of
President Vicente Fox recently postponed making a decision between Texcoco
and Tizayuca, located 85 kilometers to the north of Mexico City in the state
of Hidalgo. One of the two sites was to have been named in June, but a
decision is now expected by the end of July.

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