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Too Many People in Nature's Way, Experts Say; 'We Think We're Safe
and We're Not'


2

UK's Blair Says Moral

Duty To Scrap Trade Barriers


2

Climate Change Raises Risk of Hunger
-

Scientists


2

EU to Help China Tackle Greenhouse Gas Emissions


3

World Cup Organizers Commit to Climate
-
Neutral Games


3

Katrina Environmental Issues "Almost Unimaginable"


3

Rum
sfeld: Military Trumps Environment


4

ANALYSIS
-

Republicans Eye Expanding US Offshore Drilling


4

English Countryside Threatened by Urbanisation
-

Report


5

UK Homeworking community hits 5.4m


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Too Many People in Nat
ure's Way, Experts Say; 'We Think We're Safe and
We're Not'


September 05, 2005


By Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press


The dead and the desperate of New Orleans now join the farmers of Aceh and the
fishermen of Trincomalee, villagers in Iran and the slu
m dwellers of Haiti in a
world being dealt ever more punishing blows by natural disasters.


It's a world where Americans can learn from even the poorest nations, experts
say, and where they should learn not to build future settlements like the drowned
old
metropolis on the Mississippi.


The levees in New Orleans inspired a false sense of security, says Dennis S.
Miletti, a leading scholar on disaster prevention.


"We rely on technology and we end up thinking as human beings that we're
totally safe, and we'r
e not," said Miletti, of the University of Colorado. "The
bottom line is we have a very unsafe planet."


By one critical measure, the impact on populations, statistics show the planet to
be increasingly unsafe. More than 2.5 billion people were affected by

floods,
earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters between 1994 and 2003, a
60 percent increase over the previous two 10
-
year periods, U.N. officials reported
at a conference on disaster prevention in January.

http://www.enn.com/today.html?id=8700



UK's Blair Says Moral Duty To Scrap Trade Barriers


UK: September 5, 2005


LONDON
-

Developed nations have a "moral responsibility" to reach a deal to cut
trade barriers to help alleviate poverty i
n the world's poorest countries, British
Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday.


Failure to make progress at World Trade Organisation talks in Hong Kong in
December could mark the end of WTO attempts to boost the world economy by
lowering trade barriers

from farm goods to services, Blair said.


Writing in the Financial Times newspaper at the start of a tour of China and India,
Blair said rich nations should set a 2010 deadline to end farm subsidies. "It is our
moral responsibility to help those in povert
y by allowing them the means to grow
and prosper," Blair wrote in the article, carried on the paper's Web site
(www.ft.com). "And it is clearly also in our own economic interest."

http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/32332/story.htm



Climate Change Raises Risk of Hunger
-

Scientists


IRELAND: September 6, 2005


DUBLIN
-

About 50 million more people, most of them in Africa, could be at risk
of hunger by 2050 du
e to climate change and reduced crop yields, scientists
predicted on Monday.



Roughly 500 million people worldwide already face hunger but rising levels of
greenhouse gases could make the problem worse.


"We expect climate change to aggravate current prob
lems of the number of
millions of people at risk of hunger, probably to the tune of 50 million," said
Professor Martin Parry of the Hadley Centre of the UK Meteorological Office.


"The greatest proportion, about three
-
quarters of that number, will be in Af
rica."

http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/32361/story.htm



EU to Help China Tackle Greenhouse Gas Emissions


CHINA: September 6, 2005


BEIJING
-

The Europe
an Union agreed on Monday to give China the technology
for a coal
-
fired power station designed to combat global warming as part of a
wider accord on energy issues and climate change.


The clean coal
-
power plant will employ carbon capture and storage techno
logy
through which the coal plant can capture its own emissions of the greenhouse gas
carbon dioxide (CO2), burying them in porous rock underground for long
-
term
storage.


The offer, announced at an EU
-
China summit, comes as developed nations seek
to engag
e emerging market powerhouses like China and India in global moves to
stem climate change.

http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/32362/story.htm



World Cup Or
ganizers Commit to Climate
-
Neutral Games

Source: GreenBiz.com


BERLIN, Sept. 6, 2005
-

The 2006 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee (OC)
has partnered with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to work
toward a more eco
-
friendly, climate
-
neutral to
urnament. Effective immediately,
UNEP will provide technical and communications support to the OC aimed at
seamlessly integrating environmental considerations and projects with
preparations for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and the staging of the tournament
its
elf.


"This is the first time that the world's leading sports event
--

the FIFA World Cup
--

has incorporated environmental considerations in the preparation and staging
of its games," UNEP executive director Klaus Töpfer commented. "There is an
increasing

realization by organizers of major sports events that they must
seriously integrate the impact of their events on the environment."

http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID
=28721


Katrina Environmental Issues "Almost Unimaginable"


USA: September 7, 2005


BATON ROUGE
-

Hurricane Katrina left behind a landscape of oil spills, leaking
gas lines, damaged sewage plants and tainted water, Louisiana's top environment
official sai
d on Tuesday.


In the state's first major assessment of the environmental havoc in southern
Louisiana, Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Mike McDaniel said
large quantities of hazardous materials in damaged industrial plants, the danger
of expl
osions and fires and water pollution were his main concerns eight days
after the storm struck.


Preliminary figures indicate 140,000 to 160,000 homes were flooded and will not
be recovered, he said. "Literally, they are unsalvageable," he said.


He said it

would take "years" to restore water service to the entire city.

http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/32375/story.htm



Rumsfeld: Military Trumps Environment


September 06, 2005


Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned Monday that procedures designed
to protect the environment can sometimes jeopardize U.S. troops and should be
balanced against military needs.


"When those concerns are not balanced, the con
sequence can be unfortunate,''
he told those gathered here for a White House Conference on Cooperative
Conservation.


The military is rarely on the same side as environmentalists in political battles.
Many of the Defense Department's training ranges are in

remote areas. Since
2002, the Pentagon has asked Congress to exempt the military from various
environmental laws or grant it delays in meeting regulatory requirements.

http://www.iema.net/news/envn
ews?aid=6737



ANALYSIS
-

Republicans Eye Expanding US Offshore Drilling


USA: September 9, 2005


WASHINGTON
-

Barely a month after President Bush signed a $14.5 billion
energy bill into law, Hurricane Katrina's destructive dance through the US oil
patch
is being seized on by Republicans as a reason to open more federal
offshore waters to drilling.


The House and Senate energy committees are also looking at measures to help
the energy industry, such as incentives to build the first US refinery since 1976
a
nd cutting the array of fuel blends required by anti
-
pollution rules.


Before Katrina shut most of the Gulf of Mexico's oil and gas production and 10
percent of US refining capacity, Republicans were gunning for a budgetary step to
open the Arctic National

Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to exploration.


Now they have widened their scope to include drilling in banned Outer Continental
Shelf (OCS) waters off Florida and other states. Currently, federal offshore drilling
is allowed only in Alaska, Alabama, Louisiana a
nd Texas

http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/32421/story.htm


English Countryside Threatened by Urbanisation
-

Report


UK: September 9, 2005


LONDON
-

Engla
nd's countryside is in danger of disappearing within a generation
if urban sprawl and a decline in farming are not halted, a pressure group said on
Friday.


In a report entitled "Your countryside, your choice" the Campaign to Protect Rural
England (CPRE) p
aints a picture of an England of 2035 blighted by new housing
developments, fresh road building and airport expansion plans.


Farmland could be either abandoned or ruined by overfarming.


"We cannot continue to consider the countryside as a limitless resou
rce, infinitely
able to recover from repeated damage," the CPRE's Tom Oliver said.

http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/32439/story.htm


Homeworking community

hits 5.4m


Published: 8 Sept 2005


There are more than five million people working from home in the UK, according
to the latest figures.


Developments in technology have meant that more and more people are able to
complete office tasks from remote locatio
ns.


Statistics released by market analysis firm Point Topic revealed that there are
currently more than 5.4 million homeworkers, working as regular employees or
freelancers.


Around 70% of these homeworkers use the internet for their work. Men were
more l
ikely to work from home, according to the survey, and were generally
found to be family men, in a managerial position, living in the suburbs.

http://www.croner.co.uk/croner/jsp/Cr
onerProcessLogonForm.do