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FROM VOLUME 2, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1989
ECONOMIC SUMMIT OUTCOME
Over one-third of the final statements
issued by the leaders of the seven major western economic powers on July 16,
1989, in Paris were devoted to the global environment. Although no new measures
were adopted, this degree of environmental concern at the annual economic summit
is unprecedented. The statement advocates strengthening the Montreal Protocol
(to eliminate ozone-depleting chemicals by the year 2000), and affirms existing
programs on climate change, transboundary pollution, deforestation and other
topics. See accounts in Environ. Rptr. Curr. Devel., pp. 560-562, July
21, 1989; Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 382-383 and 409-410 (excerpts of
text); Nature, p. 176, July 20; Sierra Club Nat. News Rep., pp.
5-6, July 27, and:
"Environment Rises to the Top of the Agenda at Summit," C. Joyce,
New Scientist, p. 27, July 15, 1989. Describes goals the United States
developed for presentation at the summit. An editorial on p. 23 ("Let Them
Eat Yellowcake") comments on the role of scientists in the economic and
environmental antagonism between rich and poor nations.
"The First Green Summit," The Economist, pp. 13-14, July
15, 1989. Comments that the grand agreements made at the summit mean nothing if
steps are not taken in the members' home countries.
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