08 September 1999
Conservationists want DDT banned

THERE are better approaches to controlling malaria than DDT, according to a report by the wildlife conservationist World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Its report details instances in various countries where different approaches have succeeded in cutting malaria cases at no extra cost.

The WWF report is timed to coincide with a United Nations meeting taking place in Geneva this week.

UN officials are considering phasing out or reducing emissions of DDT and 11 other toxic compounds.

The Geneva meeting is apparently inclined to agree to a phasing out of eight of the pesticides listed, including DDT.

But there are four compounds, including PCBs and dioxins, where it is expected to urge restriction rather than elimination.