Reports Track Global, National Threats

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Subject: Reports Track Global, National Threats

To: All Activists
From:  jontz at  (Jim Jontz)
Date: September 27, 1999

Subject:	Reports Track Global, National Threats

Two reports were released this past week about the ecological threats we
work to alleviate.

First, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) issued its Global
Environment Outlook 2000 report on September 15 to coincide with the opening
of the UN General Assembly in New York.  Based on contributions  from UN
agencies, individuals, and environmental research institutes, the report
provides a global overview and continent-by-continent summaries of major
problems.   The report identifies nitrogen's harmful impact on ecosystems
and species invasion as "new situations needing urgent attention," the
Environmental News Service writes.  

The report includes results of a survey of 200 scientists in 50 countries
who identified water shortages and global warming as the two most worrying
environmental problems for the coming millennium, followed by
desertification and deforestation and loss of biodiversity.  Find the report
online at

Second, the U.S. Geological Survey has released a new two-volume report
entitled "Status and Trends of the Nation's Biological Resources" with over
1000 pages of scientific information compiled in what the Survey calls the
"first large-scale assessment of the health, status, and trends of our
plants, animals, and ecosystems."  The first volume covers natural
processes, land use, water use, climate change, nonindigenous species,
environmental contaminants, and "harvest."  The second volume describes the
status and trends of biological resources in 14 specific regions of the
country, followed by a chapter on maritime resources.

The report costs $98, available by phone at 202-512-2250 or online at   We hope this information
will be help to you.

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