Bush Administration Set to Change Environmental LawsWritten by Gary R. Hess
The Bush Administration has announced that within next few months a rewrite of three decade old document protecting environmental areas against gas and oil drilling will be changed while reshaping Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
When asked about whether American people would approve of such action Bush Administration stated that "The election was a validation of philosophy and agenda." Ironically President Bush went out of his way to avoid any conversation about environment during his campaign.
The new document reshaping EPA holds a line giving current members right to retire within next four years, giving President Bush ability to fill positions with other anti-environmentalists.
Mr. Bush's first plan is to open Arctic Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. The land is home to caribou, polar bears, musk oxen and millions of migratory birds. A vote held two years ago was turned down 52-48 in Senate, but with new Republican majority plan is likely to pass.
The next Republican action will be a call for a new energy bill asking for permission to explore in other environmentally fragile areas for oil and gas, followed by reshaping of Clean Air Act. The Clean Air Act is most successful environmental bill declining air pollution by 50% over past thirty years.
Over 1,000,000,000 Children are at RiskWritten by Gary R. Hess
A new report by United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has showed remarkable statistics about how world’s children are now at great risk.
The report shows that more than 640 million children don't have sufficient shelter, while 140 million have never been to school. It also shows 400 million children do not have safe water to drink and 500 million live without basic sanitation. Another 90 million children starve.
The 1989 Convention on Rights of Child asked countries to help give children a healthy and protected up bringing however violence, aids and poverty are still at their worst. Nearly one in six children suffers from severe hunger and one in seven has no healthcare.
Carol Bellamy, executive director of Unicef, indicated that main cause of great risk is wars. Over 20 million children are forced from their homes due to fighting and 3.6 million, half of which are children, have died in such conflicts although a much higher number of children have died from indirect causes of wars.