Use of man-made chemicals is rising dramatically. 1,500 new chemicals are produced a year, according to the UN. Environment ministers from around the world are meeting in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to discuss on this. This United Nations-backed conference is the largest as yet. The conference is expected to issue a declaration on the way chemicals should be managed around the world.
The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is due to accept one of the world’s most prestigious environmental prizes there.
When the jury of the US$1m Zayed Prize for the Environment was considering this year’s winners, it unanimously opted for someone who, it said, had “catalysed political public opinion into understanding the environment as a fundamental killer of sustainable development”.
Via: BBC News