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The convention acknowledges that desertification and drought are global problems, and calls for international collaboration to combat its effects.

The Global 2000 Report to US President Jimmy Carter is published.

In 1992, China approves the construction of the Three Gorges dam. It would be completed in 2008.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) publishes its “Red List” of endangered animal and plant species.

UNESCO recognizes the area’s exceptionally diverse flora and fauna and its value to scientific research.

Mining for uranium begins in Australia, which holds 23% of the world’s proven estimated uranium reserves (1.2 million tons).

The environmental protection NGO is founded in Vancouver, Canada.

The 1976 Barcelona Convention for Protection against Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea is established.

Scientists, doctors and, politicians are the principle players behind the Netherlands’ first hygiene movement.

The instability of a dam project near the town of Lorca in North Spain causes an inundation killing nearly 1000 people.