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North East Asian dust and sand storms growing in scale and intensity
Dust and sand storms are plaguing North East Asia nearly five times as often as they were in the 1950s environment ministers from around the world learned today.
Wednesday 31 Mar 2004
Throw away society new threat to island paradises
Urgent international assistance is needed to help small island states deal with a rising tide of rubbish and wastes. Studies by UNEP indicate that along with issues including rising sea levels, over-fishing, water shortages and inadequate sanitation services, waste is fast becoming another key problem.
Tuesday 30 Mar 2004
Dead zones emerging as big threat to 21st Century fish stocks
There are nearly 150 oxygen starved or “dead zones” in the world’s oceans and seas, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) shows.
Monday 29 Mar 2004
Poverty and Environment Times launched today
A user-friendly package of information on the links between environment and poverty (with some focus on water but also exploring other issues) highlighting recent research, ongoing projects and events, and suggestions for policy action. The newspaper contains original maps and graphics and contributions from authors all over the world.
Monday 29 Mar 2004
Get the Arctic on postcards
Now the Arctic can reach the world on four newly released postcards on the Arctic environment. The four cards portray oil and gas extraction, pollutant pathways, agglomerations and settlements and the distribution of permafrost in the Arctic. GRID-Arendal has produced the postcards as a taste of the coming Vital Arctic Graphics to be launched later this year.
Sunday 28 Mar 2004
Montreal Protocol talks to consider exemptions from methyl bromide ban
A three-day meeting of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will consider granting exemptions to 13 developed countries so that they can use the pesticide methyl bromide for certain “critical uses” after its phase-out date of 1 January 2005.
Tuesday 23 Mar 2004
Republic of Korea to host Asia’s first global ministerial environment forum
Delivering safe and sufficient water to over one billion people and providing better sanitation services for nearly two and half billion people will take centre stage at international environment talks taking place at the end of the month.
Thursday 18 Mar 2004
Arctic faces drastic change without EU policy action
The Arctic’s unique environment and indigenous peoples are under increasing threat from industrial activities and the region is likely to change drastically unless decision-makers in the European Union and elsewhere address the challenges seriously.
Monday 15 Mar 2004
GA Stockholm office hosts policy seminar on climate change
GA Stockholm office is hosting half a day seminar on Policies in Response to Impending Climate Change - Challenges For This Century on Friday 12 March 2004. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director for UNEP, Lena Sommestad, Minister for the Environment in Sweden and Steinar Sorensen, Managing Director GRID-Arendal will discuss policy responses moderated by Swedish environment journalist Henrik Ekman.
Thursday 04 Mar 2004
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