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Shouldn't we spend more on AIDS and HIV prevention?

Recent statistics suggest that over 16bn people on our planet do not have the basic essentials to have a life. They face poor or no sanitation, electricity, water supply and food to sustain themselves, medicines to heal themselves and the dreaded AIDS.
Yet we are all absorbed in the "in vogue" global warming, climate change and carbon footprint. Economists have predicted that for every pound spent on the environment the return is 30p, however, for every pound spent on HIV/AIDS the return can be as high as £40.

I believe we owe it to these people to concentrate our efforts and invest money is giving them a better life on our planet now rather than placing so much emphasis on the environment.

This is not to say "do nothing" for the environment, but rather to invest in research and development to work smarter in finding ways in which we can improve the planet's environment.

Howard Lawrence's letter which supports the building of new airport runways to reduce aircraft stacking is a good example.

The presentation of the Nobel prize to Al Gore for his efforts on the environment is a travesty when we consider that the US did not sign up to Kyoto.

Too much political gain is being made from the environment and not enough being done to assist our fellow man.

MARIO DONNETTI (F), 1 Wittersham Rise, Churchwood Place, St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex TN38 9PT

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