March 20, 2016
The World Health Organization estimates that, each year, one in four deaths globally result from living or working in an unhealthy environment. That's 12.6 million people. Of those, most are due to noncommunicable diseases, such as heart conditions and cancer, related to pollution exposure. The remaining third are from infectious diseases, such as malaria and diarrhea, due to unsafe water and lack of sanitation represent. "If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young," WHO Director General Margaret Chan said.
September 7, 2000 |
In his valedictory address before the United Nations and a historic assembly of world leaders, President Clinton yesterday urged Israel and the Palestinians to "take the hard risks for peace" while a window of opportunity remained open. Yet, lofty sentiments notwithstanding, Clinton appeared to make little headway toward that goal in daylong meetings with Prime Minister Ehud Barak of Israel, Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, and other heads of state from the Middle East. After Clinton's separate meetings with Barak and Arafat, White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said: "We did not expect today to be a breakthrough.
September 26, 1989 |
The Esalen Institute, which sponsored Boris Yeltsin's trip to the United States, has strongly denied published reports that the Soviet politician was drunk on Jack Daniels for much of the tour and went on uncontrolled shopping sprees. "If there was any problem with Yeltsin, it was jet lag," said a spokesman. Which opens up a fascinating area for study. Jet lag can lead to a week- long binge and a bouncing assault on Bloomingdale's. I believe it. I believe jet lag can lead to almost anything, including divorce and the destruction of nations.
September 10, 1999
The largest city in East Timor is "a ghost town with not much left to loot," says the top U.N. official there. The commercial district has been ransacked, the university torched. Paramilitary forces have killed hundreds of innocent people since the East Timorese voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Indonesia, which took this former Portuguese colony by force in 1975. A Vatican publication reports that a grenade attack at one church complex massacred 100 people. East Timor, which covers half an island north of Australia, is a killing field.
March 14, 1996
The symbolism of kings, presidents, prime ministers and top-ranking diplomats gathering at a Red Sea resort yesterday to stand alongside former enemies and declare war on terrorism cannot be underestimated. But it cannot be enough. The summit of world leaders was intended to save the Mideast peace process. The guest list alone was proof that the diplomatic dynamic of the region has been forever altered. Top representatives from the United States, 12 moderate Arab states, Europe and Russia stood with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat to reassure both embattled leaders that they were not alone.
June 4, 1990 |
Getting Mikhail S. Gorbachev out of his necktie and into a horseshoe pit may not have seemed like much of an accomplishment for George Bush, a man who tries to be photographed at least once a week with a dead fish, a golf club or sweaty jogging companions. But the two world leaders, who spent a great deal of time getting to know each other at this "up-close and personal" summit, reached one superpower agreement: They can do business. The Soviet leader, rarely seen in anything less formal than his tailored suit, at first resisted Bush's style of mixing business with pleasure.
February 14, 1994 |
Megan Gilman admits she is not interested in the pressures of political life - especially when she considers that many world leaders live with the threat of assassination. But the Baldwin School junior will have to put her fears aside for four days this week when she portrays President Clinton at the North American Invitational Model United Nations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. "I realize there are a lot of people around the world who don't like Bill Clinton, and I'm worried about being assassinated," Gilman said, taking on her presidential role during an interview.
February 7, 1996 |
If anyone is unconvinced of the power of love, Rob Rosenheck can show them his book. A New York-based photographer/musician who studied at the University of Pennsylvania, Rosenheck spent six years enlisting world leaders, entertainment celebrities and regular Joes to pose with his Love sign. Spike Lee, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jesse Jackson, the Beastie Boys and a homeless man on a grate on Arch Street all have said cheese with the pop-art sculpture in hand. Others, such as Margaret Thatcher and Ted Kennedy, posed with the Aquarian-age relic on the condition that they didn't have to touch it. The result of Rosenheck's ongoing photographic tour led to "The Love Book" (MacMillan/$17.
September 21, 2011
Bill Clinton event talks green energy NEW YORK - Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that the success of the alternative-energy movement is hampered by a lack of financing. His comments came as world leaders attending his annual philanthropic conference expressed fears about rising seas. His three-day Clinton Global Initiative for VIPs with deep pockets began Tuesday with a frank discussion about addressing global climate challenges. There was a sense of frustration among the world leaders over the failure to create a legally binding world agreement on carbon emissions.
September 19, 2014 |
IT WAS ONLY about three years ago Joanne Graham - longtime resident of working-class Eastwick, wedged between the overpasses of I-95 and the Cobbs Creek floodplain under the shadows of jumbo jets landing at Philadelphia International Airport - started to think seriously about the environment. The environment on her block, that is. The nonstop flooding in Graham's stretch of Eastwick, which is causing a corner of her home to slowly sink, turned the part-time consultant into a community activist.