WORLD IN BRIEF : WORLDWIDE : U.N. Environmental Report Is Gloomy

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

One billion people breathe unhealthy air, the fouling of the Earth's water and farmland is increasing and malnutrition and skin cancer are on the rise, according to a report issued by the United Nations Environment Program. And the situation is much worse than it was 20 years ago, the report concluded. Among the findings: In developing countries, 13.5 million children under age 5 die each year from malnutrition, poor sanitation and lack of vaccines.

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