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September 2002

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State of the PlanetGeographicaWho Knew?
7 Scientists7 Signs of Progress7 Setbacks7 Species on the Brink7 SactuariesClosing Thoughts
State of the Planet

7 Signs of Progress

We are making headway. More of the world is thinking green as governments and industries look for ways to reduce emissions that harm air and water quality.

• Japan, the United States, and countries throughout Europe are moving full throttle toward eliminating vehicle emissions. They’re introducing such innovations as gasoline-electric hybrid cars, automobiles powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that emits pure drinkable water, and the Segway Human Transporter, which uses gyroscope-balanced electric energy for individual mobility.

• Air and water quality are further improved as nations work to reduce acid rain by lowering emissions of sulfur dioxide released from coal-fired power plants. Catalytic converters and cleaner fuels in cars are lowering the levels of nitrogen oxides.

• Countries are also making progress in the ban or strict control of the use of 12 carbon-based chlorinated chemicals, including chlordane, DDT, and PCBs.

• More than a nod is being given to other aspects of the environment. Governments—particularly in the developing world—are promoting ecotourism.

• Corporations are recycling nonhazardous waste as they move to construct facilities with such energy-saving features as solar roof tiles, composting toilets, and cisterns that collect rainwater.

Web Links

Green Thinking
Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

This document, presented in Kyoto, Japan, on December 11, 1997, outlines the commitment made by participating nations to reduce emissions that contribute to greenhouse gases.

Alternative Transportation
Alternative Fuels Data Center

This site contains more than 3,000 documents, an interactive fuel station mapping system, listings of available alternative fuel vehicles, links to related websites and more.

Ban on the Dirty Dozen
United Nations Environment Programme

Go to this site for complete information on the international move to limit the use of persistent organic pollutants, which the organization defines as “chemical substances that persist in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food web, and pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment.” You’ll also find a list of chemicals, upcoming events, and related links.

The International Ecotourism Society

Visitors to this site will find information on the organization’s role in promoting responsible ecotourism. It includes information on events, training and education, travel destinations, and membership.

Corporations Clean Up
Zero Waste Alliance

Besides stating the alliance’s case for zero waste, the site tells visitors how to acheive it. It also features a selection of downloadable publications and case studies as well as a listing of past and upcoming events.

Healthier Buildings
U.S. Building Green Council

This site showcases the efforts of “the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.” It provides updated information on industry and council activities as well as program descriptions.

Acid Rain Reduction
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This segment of the agency’s official website focuses on acid rain, describing what it is, what causes it, how it affects us, and what we can do to reduce it. It also includes experiments and activities for students as well as a glossary.

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