Summit diary: Highs and lows from Johannesburg
Saturday 31 August 2002
Street hawkers were moved on 'for own safety'
Johannesburg's street hawkers, plying a trade in everything from fruit and soft drinks to handmade wire curios, have mysteriously disappeared from around the lavish Sandton summit venue. Wayne Minnaar, chief superintendant of the Johannesburg metropolitan police department, said there was no mystery. The vendors had been moved for their own good. "People with the wrong motives could mingle with the hawkers," he said.
Ford pulls the plug
The car maker Ford said yesterday it was pulling the plug on its Think electric vehicle division due to poor customer demand and lack of government support. "The bottom line is we don't believe that this is the future of environmental transport for the mass market," a spokesman said.
Invasive species are making their way around the globe, piggybacking on the world's shipping fleet. Guy Preston, who heads South Africa's Working for Water programme, revealed that the biggest threat to the black rhino is now not poaching but habitat loss caused by the massive invasion of triffid weed, Chromalaena.
Save the planet (and clean up after yourself)
Earth Summit delegates are too busy saving the planet to clean up the mess they leave in South Africa. Only seven governments (Britain, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Monaco, Switzerland and Austria) have coughed up for a novel fund to offset the pollution caused by the conference.
Dolphins ‘deliberately get high’ on puffer fish nerve toxins by carefully chewing and passing them around
The climate change paradox: Rainforests are being felled... but the world is getting greener
Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past
Pester power: The new weapon in the fight against global warming
Animal Extinction - the greatest threat to mankind
- 1 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 2 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
- 3 Gay teenager 'forced to have sex with his own mother' to 'cure' his homosexuality, campaigners in India say
- 5 We have six months to save the world, says leading economist
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
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