The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 3, 1997 · Page 18
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 18

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Wednesday, December 3, 1997
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THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1997 w s c ISA Global-warming deal set on simmer Qakbrook Squarg W it '! n Li.-" t J it -a '! - (Holiday Big Band Concert! bene Mat Hs Orchestra Saturday, December 6th 2pm Seating A variable for first 200 People Complimentary Admission and Refreslunents Featuring 16-piece orchestra playing your Big Band Favorites temperatures by as much as 6 degrees by 2100. That would disrupt global climate patterns unpredictably, and raise sea levels by as much as 3 feet as glaciers melt and oceans expand. In the 1992 treaty, 34 industrial nations set a voluntary goal of lowering their greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels by 2000. In 1995, as it became clear almost all would fail to do so, they agreed they had to set new, legally binding goals. The cutbacks could be achieved by phasing out coal-fired power plants, developing more fuel-efficient automobiles and taking other energy-saving steps. The European Union has proposed 15 percent reductions below 1990 emissions levels by 2010. But the United States proposed only "stabilization" at 1990 levels by 2012, a position that has drawn sharp criticism from environmentalists. In Monday's opening discus Associated Press ! KYOTO, Japan Working the Corridors and closed-door meetings, American negotiators reported little progress Wednesday in winning Third World nations over to a plan for limiting their fuel emissions to help guard against global warming. i "It's still early yet," a senior Clinton administration official said on the third day of a 10-day conference to negotiate a new global agreement on climate change. . But domestic pressure was mounting on the United States team to extend the eventual deal in some way to some poorer countries, particularly China, which thus far have not been targeted for energy restraints. ' A U.S. Senate delegation flew into Japan, and its leader warned that any treaty deal excluding developing nations would be rejected by the Senate. "It won't even be close," said Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska sions, the American delegation shifted its ground to support "differentiation" varying the targets for different countries, rather than setting a uniform rate of reduction across the board. And by Tuesday, it was clear the U.S. move had given the idea some powerful momentum. "Differentiation as a concept is widely accepted," the Argentine chairman of the closed-door talks, Raul Estrada, sais. Other negotiators, meanwhile, reported some progress in working out timetables for emissions cuts. Washington's negotiators said they had no specific range of differentiated targets in mind yet except that they want to retain the back-to-1990 level. But Estrada was pressing the Americans for a more flexible position, accepting deeper cuts below 1990 levels, a knowledgeable source said. And cuts of only 2 or 3 percent below 1990 would be insufficient, he said. Republican. The U.S.-Third World impasse troubled other negotiators. "This seems to be one of the major problems that could eventually .. . break the whole process," said Joergen Henningsen, the environment chief of the European Union, which offered to mediate the dispute. Today is the third of 10 scheduled days of negotiations, involving 1,500 delegates from 150 countries, to produce a protocol that would strengthen the 1992 Climate Change Treaty. Delegates hope to mandate cutbacks in industrial nations' emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases linked to the threat of global warming. These "greenhouse" emissions, mostly products of fossil fuel burning, allow sunlight through, but trap the heat that Earth emits back toward space. A U.N. scientific study said continued emissions at current rates could raise average global On the Comer of PGA Boulevard and US Highway One, North Palm Beach Oakbrook Square Merchant's Association 2 DAYS ONLY! 7 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3 & THURSDAY, DECEMBER Irradiation critic: Care with food may suffer IRRADIATION From 1A , Z3 irradiating red meats and the labeling, it is unlikely that irradiated DtfS meats could be available before next summer, said Jacque Knight, a spokeswoman for the depart ment. Yet when it finally happens, the irradiation of meats such as ground beef, experts say, could destroy bacteria such as E. coli 0157:H7, a strain that infested hamburger meat processed by Hudson Foods, making 17 people ill and forcing the plant, in Colum bus, Neb., to recall 25 million pounds of ground beef in August. Other outbreaks of E. coli 0157:H7 poisoning have killed people, especially young children. Donald Thayer, a Department of Agriculture scientist who has studied irradiated foods for more than a decade, said that even if only ground beef was irradiated, "it would save lots of lives." He called the agency's approval "a delight." Red meat irradiation, predicted Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the Minnesota Department of Public Health in Minneapolis, will not repeat the dismal path of poultry irradiation. Instead, he said, it will pull poultry irradiation along with it as consumers start to demand that their meat be cleansed of bacteria. And so, he said, the introduction of irradiated rp (I?) n 1 1 meat will be as important to public health as the advent of pasteurized milk and chlorinated water. t The FDA's action, Osterholm said, could mark a time when, at last, major food-borne diseases will become a thing of the past. TThis could be a real watershed event," he said. 1 . But Dr. Michael Jacobson, director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, said he would prefer that the meat industry use other methods to keep harmful bacteria out of its products. He said he is J I J n n n I" PI F R not concerned about the safety of i j 4 I La La Will save S Anyone age 50 or older (ID required) Including Sale & Clearance Merchandise! Wednesday, .Dei 3 & Thursday, Dec. 4 0MU Gift Guide sale in progress. 'Excludes Levi's & JNCCPdenim, school uniforms, Cherished Teddies, Precious Moments'9, Mens and Ladies fragrances and Bealls Gift Certificates. Not redeemable for cash nor can it be used towards existing charge balances, prior purchases or with other promotional offers. Offer valid at Bealls Department Stores ONLY. irradiated food but is worried that meat processors might come to rely on irradiation to sterilize food that they processed under filthy conditions. "Our feeling is that the industry should clean up its product as much as possible," Jacobson said. "If that fails to provide safe food, then they certainly should provide irradiation. But irradiation should be a last resort." f Quarter changes, new dollar coming I . . O The Associated Press . WASHINGTON The nation's change is changing. President Clinton has approved what will be the first alteration in America's circulating coins in two decades. I I On Monday, he signed legislation providing a new, gold-colored dollar coin with a distinctive edge. It will replace coins bearing the portrait of 19th century suffragist Susan B. Anthony, when they run Out in about 30 months. The government will continue printing dollar bills. Lawmakers couldn't agree whether the new dollar coin should depict the Statue of Liberty or an actual woman or women of historical importance. They left the decision to the treasury secretary. 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