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Surprisingly, no large industrial spills have been found during initial post-quake rescue efforts, but of course the focus has been on saving human lives and restoring civil order. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the biggest issue is the building waste; some 40 to 50 percent of the buildings fell in Port-au-Prince and nearby towns. "Thousands of buildings suddenly become debris and this overwhelms the capacity of waste management," says UNEP's Muralee Thummarukudy, who is directing efforts to collect the waste for use in reconstruction projects. Even before the quake Haiti had major environmental problems. Intensive logging beginning in the 1950s reduced Haiti's forest cover from 60 percent to less than two percent today. This lack of trees causes huge soil erosion problems, threatening both food and clean water sources for throngs of hungry and thirsty people. "If you have Even before the earthquake Haiti had major environmental and economic problems. Intensive logging beginning in the 1950s has reduced Haiti's forest cover from 60 percent to less than two percent today. This lack of trees cause's huge soil erosion problems, threatening both food and clean water sources for throngs of hungry and thirsty people. The earthquake has only exacerbated problems in this country of 9. 7 million people that is the poorest in the Western hemisphere. photo by Remi Kaupp, Wikipedia forest cover, when heavy rain takes place it doesn't erode the land," UNEP's Asif Zaidi reports. "It doesn't result in flash floods." He adds that, due to its lack of forest cover, Haiti suffers much more during hurricanes than does the neighboring Dominican Republic. Compounding these ecological insults is Haiti's fast growing population, now 9.7 million and growing by 2.5 percent per year. This has pushed millions of Haitians into marginal areas like floodplains and on land that could otherwise be used profitably. "Most fertile land areas are often used for slums, while hillsides and steep landscapes are used for agriculture," reports USAID's Beth Cypser. The resulting sanitation problems have stepped up-cases of dysentery, malaria and drug-resistant tuberculosis among Haiti's poverty-stricken population. Trash-filled beaches, smelly waterways, swarms of dead fish and tons of floating debris stand testament to Haiti's water pollution problems--now exacerbated by the earthquake. "We need to...create mechanisms that reinforce better use of natural resources," says UNEP's Zaidi. Prior to the quake, UNEP had committed to a two-year project to bolster to restore Haiti's forests, coral reefs and other natural systems compromised by the island's economic problems. Providing access to propane to encourage a shift from charcoal-burning stoves is an immediate goal. Longer term, UNEP hopes the program will help kick- start reforestation efforts and investments in renewable energy infrastructure there. January 27, 2010 Perhaps the silverlining of the earthquake in Haiti is the fact that millions of people around the world now know about the plight of the country's people and environment, and donations have started to pour in. Anyone interested in helping relief efforts in Haiti can send a text message triggering a small donation to the American Red Cross (text "HAITI" to 90999 and $10 will be donated and added to your next phone bill). Those concerned about clean water specifically should donate to World Water Relief, a non-profit focusing on the installation of water filtration systems in Haiti and other distressed areas of the world. CONTACTS: USAID, www.; UNEP, www.unep. org; American Red Cross, www.; World Water Relief, GOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTION? Send it to: EarthTalk c/o E/The Environmental Magazine P.O. 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