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10 YEARS OF ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT IN ASIA

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit), in which heads of states gathered in Rio de Janeiro to discuss environmental issues. For 10 days from Aug. 26 through Sept. 4, national leaders summed up developments over the last decade at the World Summit for Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg, South Africa. During the past 10 years, Asia has witnessed miraculou economic development on one hand and unprecedented environmental challenges on the other. With almost half the global population concentrated in the region, the success, or failure, in efforts to protect the environment in Asia will likely affect the fate of the entire world.

Power of residents needed in forestry issue  (Makoto Inoue)
Paradise not quite lost, but in great danger  (Yasuo Murata)
Korean turn against land reclamation  (Hitoshi Watanabe)
Environmental awareness growing in Asia  (Takafumi Yoshida)
Asian late bloomers must heed development lessons  (Kenichi Oshima)
Professor: Minamata lesson must be passed on to global neighbors  (Keiko Ito)


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