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Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), will take place at UNSW from July 14 to 18, 2003. http://www.environmentnepal.com.np/news_d.asp?id=407

'Silver bullets' that kill, and kill again Asia Times, Hong Kong (By Cristina Hernandez-Espinoza) - SAN FRANCISCO - The hundreds of tanks that are leading the way for the invading forces in Iraq, part of the largest US offensive since Vietnam, are carrying a dangerous metal that has triggered alarm among environmentalists around the world: depleted uranium. …Depleted uranium has been used by military forces in the conflicts in the Balkans over the past decade. A report by the European parliament estimates that around 3 tons of the metal were used in Bosnia and 10 tons in Kosovo in land-air attacks. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) investigated the presence of uranium in Kosovo in 2000, in Serbia-Montenegro in 2001 and in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2002. The first two missions found remnants of depleted uranium and "the metal's presence in bio-indicators, like moss and lichens, and in the air," but at such low levels that it cannot be considered a significant risk to the human population, Pekka Haavisto, director of the UNEP depleted uranium assessment program, said. The results of the Bosnia-Herzegovina mission are expected to be released soon. http://atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EC27Ak01.html Indigenous peoples speak up for nature The Japan Times (By AMANDA SUUTARI-Special to The Japan Times) - "In my community," says Roy Laifungbam of the Meitei people in northern India, "water is part of our daily ritual worship, as well as our annual spring festival. And this relationship is totally disregarded when you talk about water as a commodity." …According to UNEP (United Nations Environmental Protection), more than 80 percent of the world's remaining biodiversity, and 90 percent of human cultural diversity, are found in indigenous territories. This highlights their role in caring for the world's last wild areas. Caucus members came with a wide variety of stories -- of coal-mining that is degrading springs in Arizona, desertification affecting Saharan nomads, rising sea levels threatening South Pacific islanders, rivers being dammed in native territories of India, and tourist resorts impacting communities in the Philippines -- but what they shared was a traditional reverence for this basic element. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?fe20030327a1.htm UNEP starts Iraq study The Times of India (CHANDRIKA MAGO), MARCH 24, 2003 - NEW DELHI: Given the fears of environmental devastation in Iraq, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has begun a study to come up with a "preliminary assessment" of the most pressing environmental challenges which will face those involved in the post-conflict effort.    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=41293806


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Le Figaro, 25 mars (4pm):

Les puits de pétrole irakiens en feu dangereux pour la santé

SARAJEVO (AFP) - La pollution atmosphérique engendrée par les puits de pétrole irakiens en feu présente un sérieux risque pour la santé de la population locale, a déclaré mardi à Sarajevo un expert du Programme des Nations unies pour l'environnment (PNUE).

"Nous pouvons dire que les puits de pétrole incendiés dans le sud de l'Irak et aux environs de Bagdad sont très inquiétants pour la santé publique car les gens respirent quotidiennement de l'air très impur", a déclaré à la presse le représentant du PNUE Pekka Haavisto.



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