SUNS #4620 Monday 6 March 2000
south-north development monitor SUNS [Email Edition]
Environment: The covert ground-water crisis (Someshwar Singh, Geneva)
Trade: Used textiles - charity or social dumping? (Someshwar Singh, Geneva)
Trade: Brazil, a 'scapegoat' for Argentina's crisis, say analysts (IPS, Buenos Aires)
Cuba: FAO backs bio-pesticide production (IPS, Havana)
Health: Clinton launches vaccine initiative (IPS, Washington)
ENVIRONMENT: THE COVERT GROUND-WATER CRISIS
Geneva, Mar 3 (Someshwar Singh) -- High levels of chemical-use and waste generation in recent decades are slowly poisoning supplies of groundwater - the major source of our freshwater needs. It is a silent disaster spreading through many parts of the world, warns the latest issue of the World Watch magazine.
An article by Payal Sampat, staff researcher at the WorldWatch Institute, entitled "Groundwater Shock - The Polluting of the World's Major Freshwater Stores" notes that the relentless contamination of ground-water will make the supplies of usable water tighter still.
TRADE: USED TEXTILES - CHARITY OR SOCIAL DUMPING?
Geneva, Mar 3 (Someshwar Singh) -- While developing countries are yet to see their market concerns in textiles effectively addressed in the World Trade Organization, a case of social dumping of used textiles in their markets from the developed world has been revealed in the latest issue of the Trade Union World magazine.
An article by Jacky Delorme traces the chain of donation of second-hand clothing in the western world, their handling by trade interests, and ultimate sale in the poorer developing countries.