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  The solution to the world's growing environmental problems may have to wait awhile. It has been said that "environmental problems are global and respect to no nation's boundaries." Unfortunately, pollution and its consequences still fall to large measure on those least likely to do anything about it: poor countries willing to sacrifice anything in order to sit at the table with the world's wealthy.

  As far as the industrialized nations of the world are concerned, the world is a big place. Environmental destruction taking place outside their borders sometimes be fodder for government pronouncements of concern, but few concrete activities. Deforestation of the Amazon, for instance, is of vital concern to all those who wish to continue breathing. But the only effective deterrent to this activity, the restriction of the international money aid to those countries showing net deforestation, has been stalled in the United Nations by those unwilling to "interfere" in the internal politics of other nations.

  Because of the differential impact of polluting activities around the world, and even in different regions of a single countriy, many governments will undoubtedly continue to promulgate only modest environment regulations. Cost to polluting companies will continue to carry as much weight as the benefit of a pollution-free environment. Paticularly in the current political climate of the United States, the well-documented expense of today's pollution control measures will be stacked against the unknown long-term effects of polluting activities. "Why should I spend millions of dollars a year, which causes me to have to raise the cost of my goods or eliminate jobs, if no one really knows if air pollution is all that harmful? Show me the proof," an air polluting company may demand.

  Realistically, it won't be until critical mass is achieved that the hoped for "choice of unity and cooperation" will be aviable one. Only when the earth as a whole is so polluted that life itself becomes increasingly difficult for a majority of the world's people wil there likely be the political will to force global environmental laws on governments worldwide. But the optimists (read: environmental activists) among us continue to believe that the world can be shown the error of its ways. They continue to point out that the sky is probably falling -- or at least developing a big hole. The world, as a whole, ingore them.

  One would hope, however, that governments, perhaps through a strengthened United Nations, could somehow be forced to realize that when the Earth reaches the critical mass of pollution, it may be too late to do anything about it. That would be a "common targedy" indeed.

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