In 2001, the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) release its first exposure report of 27 environmental toxins measured in human bodies of a sample of the US population. (In the past, the CDC estimated population exposures to certain chemicals by measuring air, water or soil samples. But due to advances in biomonitoring techniques, it measured the chemicals directly from subjects' blood and urine In the past, the CDC estimated population exposures to certain chemicals by measuring air, water or soil samples. But due to advances in biomonitoring techniques, it measured the chemicals directly from subjects' blood and urine samples.) Each year it will add another 25 chemicals to record trends and establish baselines adequate to suggest public health interventions.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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