For Media

Hotels for Press
Accommodation levels in Rio de Janeiro are anticipated to be at full occupancy during the conference. While it is not the responsibility of the United Nations to procure accommodation for the media, it should be noted that the Brazilian national organizing committee for Rio+20 has committed to blocking a minimum of 500 hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro for media covering the conference. Costs must be covered by the media. For more details, visit: http://www.rio20.gov.br For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: reservas2@terramar.tur.br or reservas4@terramar.tur.br or reservas8@terramar.tur.br

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy rio20.hoteis@itamaraty.gov.br when requesting their accommodations.

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UNEP Spotlights Fertilizer and Plastic Pollution in Year Book
The 2011 Year Book was released in advance of UNEP's 26th Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, convening from 21-24 February 2011. According to the publication, significant amounts of phosphorus fertilizer are being discharged to oceans as a result of food production, specifically farming inefficiencies and a failure to recycle wastewater. Phosphorus pollution is linked with a rise in algal blooms, impacting water quality, poisoning fish stocks and undermining tourism.

The Year Book also states that billions of pieces of plastic, both large and small, are threatening the health of the global marine environment. The plastic is broken down by the ocean into small fragments, and the debris may absorb and transport toxic chemicals, which are linked to cancer. As the toxins end up in the food chain, they cause potential harm to ecosystem and human health, including by affecting the reproductive processes of humans and wildlife.
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