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Chemistry 115A - Richard Gammon

Winter 2000 Chatter


CHEM 115 STUDENTS: here is a lively, daily summary of environmental news, presented with a particular perspective, and usually with some dark humor.

THE DAILY GIST

January 6, 2000

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1. ABRUPT CHANGES FACED BY PLANET A report, State of the World 2000, the latest in an annual series from the Worldwatch Institute based in Washington DC says the world could be taken by surprise by unexpected environmental problems during the twenty-first century. You can find information at BBC News Online at http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_603000/603707.stm or head straight for http://www.worldwatch.org where you can order the new publication (electronic versions became available 15 January - pdf format - downloadable by chapter) or print versions can be ordered online. The Worldwatch site explains: As the 21st century dawns, the Worldwatch Institute's award-winning research team takes a fresh look at the trends that have put the global economy on a collision course with the Earth's ecosystems. State of the World 2000 lays out the case for a rapid transition to an environmentally sustainable economy before we do permanent damage to the natural systems that support our global civilization. The senior author of the report, Dr Lester Brown, the Institute's president, says that while the burgeoning information economy is affecting every facet of people's lives, it is still what happens to the environment that will shape the century. "Caught up in the growth of the internet, we seem to have lost sight of the Earth's deteriorating health. It would be a mistake to confuse the vibrancy of the virtual world with the increasingly troubled state of the real world." He sees "two big challenges in this new century ... to stabilize climate and population. If we cannot stabilize both, there is not an ecosystem on Earth that we can save. Everything will change."



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