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Rio+20: What he said


From an OpEd in The National Review re: Rio+20: “The inability of billions of humans to meet their fundamental needs, including access to clean water and sanitation, nutrition, basic health care, housing, and education, mean an inability to protect the environment. The anticipated Sustainable Development Goals (to replace Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015) need to facilitate and not hinder ways in which all people can and should meet these basic needs. Fortunately, this is in line with protecting the environment, too.  With those needs met, each person will have the ability and responsibility to engage in environmentally friendly practices. “

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Forests must be on the Rio+20 agenda


According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in some parts of Africa woodfuels account for almost 90 per cent of primary energy consumption.

Scientists believe that deforestation across the Horn of Africa, particularly for firewood harvest, has been a major contributor to the pervasive drought in the region.

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