UN environmental agency hails ASEAN fire haze agreement as model for world

The Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution adopted by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) provides for heat-seeking satellites, better-trained fire fighters and a crack down on arsonists and irresponsible plantation owners. It is the first regional arrangement in the world binding a group of contiguous states to tackle haze pollution from land and forest fires.”I congratulate ASEAN and the Governments of Southeast Asia for their foresight and commitment in combating the threats posed by uncontrolled land and forest fires,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said in a statement. “Such fires spell a double disaster for the environment through their massive release of greenhouse gases and their destruction of biodiversity.”About 10 million hectares of Indonesia’s forests, one of the world’s centres of biodiversity, were destroyed in 1997-98 in fires started mainly on oil palm plantations and agricultural and forestry holdings on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan. More than 20 million people were exposed to breathing extremely high levels of pollutants known to cause both acute and long-term health effects, airports in Singapore and neighbouring countries were closed by thick smog, and total economic losses across the region were estimated at around $9.3 billion.Beginning in March 2001 UNEP, in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat, assisted government negotiators in developing the terms of the agreement, providing for monitoring, assessment and prevention; technical cooperation and scientific research; mechanisms for coordination, lines of communication, information exchange; simplified customs and immigration procedures for emergency response and disaster relief; and the establishment of an ASEAN Coordinating Centre for activities. read more

Is it disgusting to keep your washing machine in the kitchen Kirstie

first_imgKirstie Allsopp It is disgusting, my life’s work is in part dedicated to getting washing machines out of the kitchen. https://t.co/FDqjoGOnlN— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) July 10, 2017 Just shows how out of touch this so called property expert is with what people can actually afford. Snob. https://t.co/m00O1jFCPx— Rich (@Rich_Wig) July 10, 2017 Look what twitter has driven @KirstieMAllsopp to . Death by spinning 😍 x pic.twitter.com/RkPkVNLEW9— Sharon Withers (@lilybell61) July 10, 2017 The presenter, 45, urged her followers not to take the debate too seriously, saying: “Clue that this *was* a humorous debate was in the phrase “life’s work”. Who the effing hell has laundry relocation as their life’s work?”She added that she was getting “lots of po-faced Tweets” in response to her initial message.She later wrote: “Can I safely move away from Twitter for the evening without everyone having a white goods wig out?” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. I was joking, although getting machine out of kitchen *when possible* does free up kitchen space. Clue is in “life’s work” comment. https://t.co/oQFATzppm4— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) July 10, 2017center_img She explained that getting the washing machine out of the kitchen was a practical idea as it created more cupboard space. Her comments prompted scores of responses with many saying they did not have the luxury of putting their washing machine anywhere other than the kitchen.  Please note there is a degree of humour in this debate, no need to take it quite so seriously. https://t.co/igv9L9XNcF— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) July 10, 2017 Asked where they should be put instead if a homeowner has no utility room, she said: “Bathroom, hall cupboard, airing cupboard”.  Television presenter Kirstie Allsopp has prompted a fierce debate over whether washing machines belong in kitchens.Allsopp, who co-presents the property show Location Location Location, believes the practice of doing laundry in the kitchen is “disgusting”.Responding to a post on Twitter from a journalist about how Americans find the location of the appliance in British homes confusing, Allsopp said: “It is disgusting, my life’s work is in part dedicated to getting washing machines out of the kitchen.” Kirstie Allsopp prefers a washing machine to be in a bathroomCredit:Clara Molden for the Telegraph last_img read more