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International body to punish polluters?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

In Venice, the International Environmental Sciences Academy will meet to consider a court to penalize nations for pollution. Nobel Peace Prize Adolfo Perez Esquivel, president of the Academy, has proposed that the United Nations establish an International Penal Court for the Environment. The court would punish nations for intentional environmental "crimes against humanity," such as the Chernobyl disaster. We'll see how the community of nations responds. In the meantime, ordinary citizens can sign the Venice Charter for an International Criminal Environmental Court "to protect ecosystems, human and environmental health" here.

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