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J2 The Julian News first round of greening included the creation of a special unit to oversee environmentally and sociallysustainable development, and the recruitment of staff address many of these concerns with the release of a beefed up Environment Strategy in 2001, but analysts remain critical of the organization's performance with technical environmental and general commitment to credentials to supplement its sustainability. In June 2011 the ® professional core of economists. World Bank will release a new I Ouestio.s & Answers IPS reports that with these Environment Strategy which LUMBER & SUPPLY CO, I About Our Environment changes in place, the bank has it will use as a sustainability I 532 IB' Street I Dear EarthTalk: The World been able to start developing a roadmap for its projects over Ramona I Bankis often cast in a bad light portfolio of environment-sector the coming decade. The focus 760 789 0240 I by green groups and in the press, projects "ranging from support for of the Bank's sustainability work national environmental agencies will be mitigating climate change to investments in national parks." through the promotion of clean But an independent internal energy technologies. review of the World Bank's CONTACTS: World Bank, sustainability impacts between; Institute for 1990 and 2007 found that PolicyStudies, even these new sustainability- EarthTalk® is written and oriented policies fell flat.edited by Roddy Scheer Researchers found that the bank's private-sector funding arm, the International Finance Corporation, was still promoting the expansion of livestock herds, soybean fields and palm oil plantations--all which accelerated deforestation in the tropics, hastening the pace of climate change for the rest of us. "They need to begin to see the inextricable link between sustaining environment and reducing poverty," said Vinod Thomas, director of the World Bank group that performed the review. "It is clear now from the Amazon to India that if environmental sustainability is not raised as a priority, then all bets are off." The World Bank tried to and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www. Send questions to: Subscribe: www.emagazine. com/subscribe; Free Trial Issue: GOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTION? Send it to: EarthTalk c/o E/The Environmental Magazine P.O. Box 5098 Westport, CT 06881 e-mail: or submit it at: earthtalk/thisweek/ March 23, 2011 The Chinese invented eyeglasses. Marco Polo reported seeing many pairs worn by the Chinese as early as 1275, 500 years before lens grinding became an art in the West. County General Plan Update: A Glimpse Of The Light At The End Of the Road Contributed by SheryU Givens of TRS Consultants occurred over the years. Back on December 8, 2010, the Board directed staff to review and provide additional information on certain substantive issues that were raised and also to evaluate all Property Specific Requests for different land use designations under the GP Update. A draft report containing this information was released January 28, 2011 and presented to the Board on February 9, 2011. Down zoning has been the hottest topic, with staff saying down zoning is necessary to make the update work, and property owners saying they are losing value and having their development rights taken away. Hundreds of people objecting to Imagine you're on the Overland stage out of Yuma. You've been riding all day and late into the night and up ahead there's just a glimpse of a lantern light on the horizon. You're not sure if it's the Butterfield stage stop or just some homesteader's cabin in the middle of nowhere, but you get a hint that maybe, just maybe you're getting close to home. That's a little like how last week's General Plan (GP) Update meeting at the Board of Supervisor's felt. After traveling in the wilderness of the last 13 , years, we might, just might be in sight of the end of the trail. The March 16 meeting was to get more information from staff about the questions the supervisors have been asking, the down zone have testified, and The staff reported extensively on property specific requests, finances, and groundwater. What are their eco-crimes, and are there any reforms in the making? --J. Bloch, Newark, NJ some have put forward requests to modify the Update. This has resulted in a number of Property Specific Requests that staff has evaluated and put into three categories representing minor, moderate or major changes to the .current GP proposal. The various definitions are discussed later in this article. From the meeting minutes, these categories are defined as: • Minor - These are changes that do not conflict with the GP Update project objectives, do not require substantial additional analysis for environmental impacts, and do not result in new significant environmental impacts. Incorporation of minor changes into the project would mean that staff would perform edits to the necessary GP Update documents, amend the existing analysis in the draft Final EIR, and return to the Board. • Moderate- These are changes that do not conflict with the GP Update project objectives but may result in additional environmental impacts and require more detailed analysis. For moderate changes, staff would perform edits to the necessary GP Update documents, amend the existing analysis in the EIR, and re,circulate the EIR for public review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). • Major - These are changes not supported by the GP Update project objectives as currentlY drafted. As a result, revisions to the project objectives are assumed. If the project objectives are revised, there may need continued on page 15 Originally created to finance the rebuilding of Europe after World War II, the World Bank later took on a larger mandate to try to alleviate poverty around the world. Unfortunately, many of the Bank's policies and practices in intervening years clashed with conservation priorities. But the more recent onslaught of global warming threats, along with greater overall public environmental awareness, has forced the World Bank to factor sustainability concerns into how it encourages development moving forward. According to the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a non-profit think tank, the World Bank has been widely criticized for funding a series of environmentally damaging projects in the 1980s, including the building of dams on the Narmada River in India, road building into the Brazilian Amazon and transmigration (re- settlement) efforts in Indonesia. "These projects have led to a variety of adverse impacts in borrower countries, including deforestation and displacement of indigenous peoples," reports the group. In response to the criticism, the World Bank adopted a set of policies and procedures in the late 1980s to better assess the potential adverse environmental impacts of its projects. The There were no public comments. Bank further developed a series The GP Update is a of polices to guide investment comprehensive amendment to ijn, such areas as forestry and For example, the banks The World Bank has been widely criticizedforfunding numerous the Countys land use policies i restry policy , ohibits the-, environmentally damaging projects around the globe, Pictured: for. unincorporated areas, in ]ff, S (tUfion from financing logging Construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, a controversial World mSj58ns ' to the derna'fid of in primary tropical forests," adds Bank-funded project on the River Narmada, India that flooded population growth, changes in law and regulations governing IPS. thousands of acres of land and displaced hundreds of thousands land use, and various challenges Other highlights of the Bank's of people. 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