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June 10, 1992 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With time running out on Earth Summit negotiators, U.S. delegates Tuesday considered attempting to rewrite portions of a "Rio Declaration" to be issued at the close of the conference, raising the possibility that the controversial document could be destroyed. Although the declaration of general principles for protecting the environment was supposedly completed weeks ago, government delegations and environmental activists have roundly criticized it.
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June 15, 1992 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Earth Summit, the first global conference of the post-Cold War era, declared itself a success and adjourned with barely a murmur of dissent here Sunday, its leaders saying that speedy action will be necessary on several fronts to preserve its momentum.
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June 15, 1992 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Earth Summit, the first global conference of the post-Cold War era, declared itself a success and adjourned with barely a murmur of dissent here Sunday, its leaders saying that speedy action will be necessary on several fronts to preserve its momentum.
NEWS
June 10, 1992 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With time running out on Earth Summit negotiators, U.S. delegates Tuesday considered attempting to rewrite portions of a "Rio Declaration" to be issued at the close of the conference, raising the possibility that the controversial document could be destroyed. Although the declaration of general principles for protecting the environment was supposedly completed weeks ago, government delegations and environmental activists have roundly criticized it.
NEWS
June 13, 1992
Comments made by some world leaders who addressed summit: U.S.: President Bush "America's record on environmental protection is second to none. So, I did not come here to apologize. . . . We believe the road to Rio must point to both environmental protection and economic growth. By now it is clear to sustain development we must protect the environment, and to protect the environment we must sustain development." BRITAIN: John Major "We have awoken to a new threat . . .
NEWS
June 13, 1992
Nature as Chemistry Lab Biodiversity has a major role in medicine, experts say. And without habitat protection, many valuable plants could disappear before their value is determined, according to biologists. Mark Plotkin of Conservation International said half of America's drugs are derived from natural substances. "Some of the hottest anti-viral drugs come from tropical plants," Plotkin said. Crime Drops as Troops Stand Guard They said it couldn't be done.
NEWS
June 13, 1992 | DOUGLAS JEHL and RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Finding himself isolated at the Earth Summit, President Bush on Friday issued an unapologetic defense of America's environmental record and said that leadership sometimes requires a nation to stand alone. "I did not come here to apologize," Bush told more than 110 world leaders in his brief formal address. "We come to press on with deliberate purpose and forceful action."
NEWS
June 12, 1992 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
In a last-ditch attempt Thursday to build momentum for President Bush's arrival, the chief U.S. delegate to the Earth Summit said Bush would push for "very prompt" ratification of a global climate treaty and launch an international effort to help inventory plants, animals and other organisms. The efforts, calculated to salvage the Administration's much criticized record at the Earth Summit, did not appear likely to change any opinions.
NEWS
June 5, 1992 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
William K. Reilly, the chief of the U.S. delegation at a global environmental summit here, was rebuffed by the White House on Thursday after suggesting changes to a biological diversity treaty to allow President Bush to sign the pact, knowledgeable Administration sources said. The sources said Reilly, who had discussed the possibility of changes with Brazilian government officials, sent the White House a memorandum outlining possible revisions from the summit here this week. U.S.
NEWS
June 4, 1992 | RUDY ABRAMSON and MAURA DOLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In an atmosphere of palpable tension between the Earth's rich and poor, government officials and environmentalists from 178 countries opened a historic summit on the planet's future here Wednesday, with the outcome uncertain despite 2 1/2 years of preparation.
NEWS
June 11, 1992 | RUDY ABRAMSON and DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With this bustling Brazilian city braced for the arrival of 116 presidents and prime ministers, delegates to the 178-nation summit on the global environment and world development Wednesday night closed in on their last elusive agreements. Though differences persisted over financing language that had kept negotiators at work on Tuesday night until almost 4 a.m.
NEWS
June 1, 1992 | MAURA DOLAN and RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Earth Summit, once heralded as a sweeping global effort to attack the planet's environmental ills, will open in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday amid vastly reduced expectations. Hopes for major breakthroughs on threats ranging from global warming to the loss of forests plummeted during negotiations over the past several months as developing nations demanded money and technology in exchange for environmental reform and industrialized nations bristled at being blamed for their problems.
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