Pollution May Mar UN Earth Summit

by Editor

The UN Earth Summit (started in 1992) and still continues to be a lot of hot air!

UN Earth Summit "A lot of hot air"

UN Earth Summit will be hosted in Brazil. The  Earth Summit convenes to address urgent problems of environmental protection and socio-economic development. The assembled leaders have already signed the Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity, endorsed the Rio Declaration and the Forest Principles, and adopted Agenda 21, a 300 page plan for achieving sustainable development in the 21st century.

Meanwhile…Rio de Janeiro has the highest level of air pollution in Brazil, and is more polluted than many other world metropolis like New York, London and Paris, a World Health Organization (WHO) study said Monday.

A local newspaper is reporting that Rio de Janeiro state’s iconic Guanabara Bay is heavily polluted as Brazil prepares to host the “Rio plus 20” Earth Summit in June.

Rio plus 20 is scheduled for June, two decades after the first U.N. Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro.

A report published Sunday in the newspaper O Globo says the first conference resulted in a vow to clean up the bay. More than $1 billion was spent building treatment plants but delays and faulty infrastructure meant they were never fully used.

Today, only one-third of the sewage from nearby cities is treated. Guanabara takes in about 10,000 liters of untreated sewage per second.

But the cleanup is more urgent than ever: Rio promised a clean bay in its bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

Source: ABC NEWS

Do you think that sitting around at tables rattling off hyperbola about the environment that Governments and Corporations ignore is a positive step to reducing pollution and global warming?

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