World Wildlife Fund Leaders Vow to Conserve Arctic, Gayatri Iyer, Earth Times News Service
The international World Wildlife Fund agreed last week to unite in
an effort to combat the damage and prevent further deterioration of
Arctic eco-regions. For the Earth Times News Service,
Gayatri Iyer reports that the WWF CEOs representing eight
countries, including Canada, the U.S., and Russia emphasized four
targets. 'By 2010, with the cooperation of northern residents the
WWF plans to complete a network of protected areas that will
include marine, freshwater, and terrestrial habitats,' Iyer writes.
'They plan to conserve and restore wildlife in the region, by the
same year. They also plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in
industrial countries. Finally by 2007, they plan to eliminate or
reduce the levels of 30 of the most hazardous industrial chemicals
and pesticides found in the Arctic.'
-- Sara V. Buckwitz