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Joe Paluzzi, EED Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention Committee Chair, was recently honored by an invitation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to submit an article for publication on waste minimization and pollution prevention. His article, “Elemental Keys to Sustainable Waste Prevention” appears in Our Fragile World: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development, described below. The two-volume set, available in 27 languages, includes articles from 200 authors selected worldwide, including several Nobel Laureates. This singular recognition reflects great credit not only on Joe, but also on the Energy and Environmental Division as a whole, confirming the level of international influence that the division has achieved.

As a forerunner to the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, Our Fragile World: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development is published in two hardback volumes of about 2,240 pages with an accompanying CD-ROM and a two-year, complimentary, single-user access to the Web-based Encyclopedia. Our Fragile World presents integrated knowledge and worldviews related to the state of earth's natural resources, social resources, institutional resources, and economic and financial resources.

It presents the vision and thinking of over 200 eminent personalities. Among them are Nobel Laureates M. Molina and L. Lederman; existing and former heads of United Nations organizations, such as P. Obasi from WMO, K. Toepfer from UNEP, K. Matsuura from UNESCO, V. Petrovsky from the U.N., N. Sadik from UNFPA, and G. Speth from UNDP; presidents of national academies of sciences, including Yu. Osipov from Russia, Teng Teng from China, and O. Wandiga from Kenya; Member of Parliament E. von Weizsacker from Germany; eminent scientists F. El Baz from Egypt, M. S. Swaminathan from India, Sir M. Holdgate from the U.K., K. Fukuoka from Japan, and N. Goodwin from the United States; and many other distinguished personalities. The presentations are holistic, informative, forward-looking, and will be of interest to a broad readership. It also features a “Series of Interviews with Outstanding Personalities”, conducted by Patricia Morales. Interviews with Maurice Strong, Mikhail Gorbachev, Steven Rockefeller, Maritta Koch-Weser, Shridath Ramphal, Ingvar Carlsson, Ruud Lubbers, Richard Goldstone, and Gro Harlem Bruntland are included.

The two-volume set is available at $380 from the EOLSS Web site at, or from the publisher:

EOLSS Publishers Co. Ltd.
58 St. Aldates
Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1, 1st, UK

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