Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP

Learning from disaster
Mikhail Gorbachev describes how the misuse of natural resources by the unregulated free market is threatening the planet, and proposes concrete actions

Being prepared
Le Huy Ngo draws lessons from his country's award-winning programme to prepare for disasters and reduce their impact

The way forward
Dominique Voynet argues for reinforcing international governance of the environment and for the eventual creation of a World Environment Organization

Breaking the cycle
Didier J. Cherpitel unravels the intricate, insidious relationships between poverty, the environment and disasters

Flip-flop to catastrophe
Pier Vellinga describes how increasing emissions of greenhouse gases may destabilize the global climate, with disastrous consequences

Nature's warnings
Jan Pronk says that we cannot continue to ignore the warnings of climate change

At a glance


Insuring against catastrophe
Gerhard Berz describes how global warming is increasing natural disasters, and calls on the insurance industry to act

Recreating sustainability
Sergio Vieira de Mello describes how rebuilding East Timor, after its destruction, offers an opportunity to design a sustainable future

The legacy of conflict
Pekka Haavisto describes the environmental effects of the conflict in Kosovo and explains how such assessments provide a new tool for the international community

Ask us, involve us
Oral A. Ataniyazova describes the impact of the Aral Sea disaster on the health of local people and calls for them to be consulted on their future

The poor suffer most
Alcira Kreimer and Margaret Arnold describe how a new consortium is putting disaster reduction on the development agenda

Through a slanted lens
Judi Conner examines television coverage of disasters