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Environment 1
1. Measures to deal with leaks of radiation into the environment

2. Elimination of the internal combustion engine for personal transport

3. Measures to ensure ‘zero’ environmental damage by shipping in Arctic waters

4. Establishing regulations governing balanced land use between human food and biofuel production

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Arnab Datta
January 20-22, 2012
Measures to deal with leaks of radiation harmful to the environment.

1) What is the problem? How does it affect your country?
A) The problem is that thousand tons of radioactive materials are being released into the atmosphere every day because of the nuclear power plant leakage in Japan. Since China is very close to Japan, radioactive materials are getting in China and the people are buying iodized salt at vey high prices to ensure that they don’t get radioactive sickness.

2) What has your country done to combat the problem?
A) China has shut down one of nuclear power plants, because people are worried that that power plant would leak. There have been some traces of radiation in China, but they are very low. They are still monitoring the radiation to see if it will go to another country or get into the environment.

3) What are the various “sides” in the debate?
A) The two sides would be, people and country officials. The people of the countries are worried about getting radiation sickness, where as the country is ensuring them that radiation levels are way below harmless.

4) Which aspects of the issue are most important to your country?
A) One-way radiation gets into crops and water is through the water cycle. Radiation is up in the clouds and it starts to rain, (radiation does not make it rain) the radiation gets caught in the water, which is now coming down to earth. The water lands on the crops and now the crops have a small trace of radiation. The people eat the crop and now they have a small trace of radiation inside them. The people and the environment are all getting very small traces of radiation inside them.

5) If your country is not involved with the issue, how can it become involved?
A) China is very close to Japan on the map. Small traces of radiation are coming into China. The people of China of are very worried that if there is radiation in the food, they might get radiation sickness. All three of those reasons would get China involved in the debate.

6) How will your country shape the debate at the conference?
A) Since China is very close to Japan, the radiation levels would be stronger than if they were in Germany, because as the radiation travels, it looses some of it “radioactive-ness”. Due to this, China would have a stronger point.

7) What arguments will other countries make?
A) Countries far away from Japan, could argue that the radiation traces found in China are very low and harmless. It would do nothing to harm people’s health if it got into the food or water.

8) How do the positions of other countries affect your country’s position?
A) Countries far away from Japan, wouldn’t be too bothered by the radiation, because it would it be very weak by the by time it reaches them. If the US or Russia, took China’s side, then it could China a lot, since they are major countries in the UN, but since the countries place on the map matters, China might not get a lot of backup.

9) Is there evidence or statistics that might help to back up your country’s position?
A) If you take a sample of the food or milk that is mad or manufactured in China, and you run a test, you would be able to small traces of radiation, but they would harmless to the health. Also if you take a look at the sales report in China at around March-April 2011, you can see that there have been LOTS of sales of iodized salts, which help protect you from radiation sickness.