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April 07, 2003

Enviro Killers of Mass Destruction

Here's another mass murderer-- five million childhood deaths a year on its belt:

The World Health Organization (WHO) -- reporting that more than 5 million children die every year from diseases and accidents arising from immediate environmental conditions -- is calling on member states and non-governmental organizations to take more concerted action to reduce the toll of environmental hazards on children's lives.
From air pollution causing respiratory infections to poisoned water causing fatal diarrhea, correctable environmental causes are killing children daily.

As troops in Iraq sift for whatever evidence there is of chemical weapons, we have to keep asking where is the focus on the real mass killers in the world?

Posted by Nathan at April 7, 2003 04:03 PM

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Hi,
Yes, Mr. Newman this is a worlwide problem. America is doing its part for the worldwide enviroment; now its China's and Russia's and Mexico's (etc.) turn to pick up the pace.(after they have figured out to govern there own countries without tyranny and corruption).
-Respectfully
Robert S. Morgan

Posted by: Robert S. Morgan at April 8, 2003 10:15 PM

On Robert Moragan's comment: It's absurd to compare a rich country like the USA to poor countries like China, Russia or Mexico in their giving of foreign aid. Americans enjoy roughly 8 times the gdp/capita of the Chinese and Russians, and 4 times that of the Mexicans.
Let's compare to the usual bogey of the times, France. They give, oh, 0.3-0.4% of GDP in foreign aid. Pretty pitiful, no? Well, the USA (with at least 1.5 times the gdp/capita and 2.5 times the fossil fuel use/capita of France) manages a whopping 0.1%.
So how exactly is the US "doing its part for the worldwide environment"? If it were to increase the amount of foreign aid it gives by doubling it, then doubling it again, and doubling it again, and so on 8 times over, Americans would still remain richer than the French!

Posted by: Simon Rippon at April 9, 2003 11:11 PM

Hi,
Mr. Rippon, if foreign aid actually helped the people and the enviroment of a recipient nation, I would agree with you. Nigeria, a developing nation in Africa, recieves $250 million dollars on average a year in U.S./U.N. aid. Time after time we see that money end up in Swiss Bank acounts under the names of kingpins. Throwing money at the problem won't fix it. -Respectfully
Robert S. Morgan

Posted by: Robert S. Morgan at April 10, 2003 12:55 PM

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